Fixing a hole in the drywall

Fixing a hole in the drywall

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Be honest, I know we have all swung the door open too hard and set the knob through the wall. Perhaps you punched it if your team worse or lost your wife put the remote controller through it when she was fed up with your sports. I’ve even seen a dog chew through drywall. Whatever the case may be, if you have one of those”“, then I will tell you just how to repair your little hole in your drywall, the right way!

-Fiber glass Mesh Tape
-1 Bags of 20 Minute Mud
-and a little water to the mud

-6 inch Knife (preferably metal)
-A piece of 100-grit Sandpaper
-3in Paint Brush
-Little pail or bucket (for mixing mud)
-Respirator Mask(like the ones you see nurses utilize )
-You should easily be able to find all these items at your neighborhood hardware or anyplace like; Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, etc..

1) The first thing would be to wash out the little hole. Just be certain there is not any loose debris in it. This way once the new mud attaches it attaches itself to the remaining good sheet rather than loose brittle chunks.

2) Take your bucket and mix up a small batch of mud. Add water and mix it with your knife. This first batch needs to be thick(about the consistency of a very thick milkshake). You make this first coat thicker so that it creates to where you disperse it and doesn’t run out as soon as you spread it in.Clean off your knife (just on the side of the bucket will be nice ) and scoop up some mud. Lay your knife on an angle and push the mud into the hole as your spread it down and across the hole. Ensure that your coat of sand is level with the rest of the wall rather than protruding past. Let this dry now for about 1hr. , it is probably going to crack and shrink as it dries. This is normal and do not worry as you still have a finish coat to make it fairly.

3) After your first coat is dry, it’s time to break out that elaborate fiberglass mesh tape. It’s sticky so when your place it on it remains. Cover the hole completely and overlap the tape onto the good drywall about 2 inches. You may also utilize patch kits which come as one big square piece of fiberglass mesh which can be convenient, but if you purchase the roll of it you will always have some around to fix any holes that you might/will get in the future. Oh and by the way, you need to use this stuff. It is the only thing that is going to keep your patch from falling and breaking out.

4) Now it’s time to mix up your second batch of 20 minute mud. This time make your mud a little thinner. Add a bit more water this time so that the sand spreads easier and is smoother, about like peanut butter. Distribute your next coat to fill in the low spots. Bear in mind the cleaner you do this coat and less surplus you leave the less sanding and cleaning you will need to do later. Smooth the sand over the tape and smooth it over.

5) Don’t be discouraged if this jacket isn’t as nice as you need it. Let it dry one hour or two and sand it smooth. Use your knife to clean off excess and let it dry one more time. (Your third coat shouldn’t take very long to dry.)

6) Now that your tired of waiting for mud to dry, time to get dusty. Here’s where you’ll be glad that you have a respirator. Sand your patch smooth one last time.

Bear in mind, if you don’t use primer you will always see your patch bleed . If the existing paint is not too old and faded, you can probably get away with just painting over the patch with the exact same paint and it won’t stick out. You also don’t want to paint only a square over your patch because it will stick out and you’ll see it. You need to feather the new paint to the old existing paint. Lay your paint thicker on your patched region and progressively thinner outward to the old paint.

Following these instructions will give you the best possible results. You may try to cut corners but will only have to redo your patch or have a place on the wall you will always make certain to stare at.

I hope you have found this report to be helpful and informative. Good luck with your next home improvement project!

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