We’ve all been there. You’re racing in the house, swing the door open entirely too fast and BOOM, there goes the door knob through the drywall. Or you have kids and one of them throws a football across the room and instead of the other one making the catch, the wall makes an interception. Whatever your story is, I’m sure we can all understand the level of anxiety this situation can put you at. But don’t worry, Its a pretty easy fix.
First things first.
We will need to dertimine the size of the hole. Anything from a dime sized hole (or smaller), to about the size of a baseball can be fixed with a simple wall patch. Anything bigger than a baseball will require a little bit of wall demo.
We will take a look at both cases in this article.
STEP 1: Prepare yourself. Gather the tools you’ll need.
STEP 2: Take your sanding sponge and clean up the smooth out the area.
STEP 3: Grab your wall patch. Lets secure the wall patch over the hole.
Here’s my picture below for example
STEP 4: Grab your joint compound and your 5″ taping knife. Neatly apply the compound, making sure you’re pressing it into the screen of the patch
Wipe the excess away using a little bit of force to ensure the patch is fully submerged in the compound.
STEP 5: Apply a more generous amount of compound to the patch.You will need to spread it widely around the patch so that it will “feather” out into the existing surface. See photos above.
Step 6: Wipe away the excess compound. You’re almost done! Just sit back and let it dry. (This may take up to 24 hours)
STEP 7: Once fully dried, grab the sanding sponge and sand the patch smooth. Don’t forget to sand your edges.
Note: When I do my wall repairs, I find that I need to repeat steps 5 through 7 a few times until my patch blends perfectly into the wall. So be patient!
instructions for bigger wall damage:
First, gather your tools:
- Utility Knife
- Tape Measure
- Mesh Tape
- Joint Compound
- Putty Knife
- Small piece of drywall
STEP 1: Draw with your pencil a box around the damaged area. Take your utility knife and neatly cut out the square you’ve just drawn. Be sure to add 3/4″ to your marks so that your screws will be centered to the stud. Save this piece.
Step 2: Carefully remove the cut out from the wall.
Step 3: Find the piece you just cut out and use it as a template. Trace around the square onto the new piece of drywall. Cut!
Step 4: Grab your fresh cut drywall piece and place into its space. Take your drill and drywall screws to drill into the studs.
Step 5: Find your mesh tape. Tape all edges making sure your cover the screw heads.
Step 6: Continue as you would with the putty knife and joint compound as you would the first repair. Sand. Let dry
Step 7: Once dried, repeat step 6 until you have a nice blended finished product.
See, its not all that scary once you know what you’re doing. I hope this article helped you.
(For more DIY tips, check out the ‘helpful tips’ section at www.ryanvatterconstruction.com.)