Repairing Small Drywall Areas

Aerosol can of drywall texture for small patch areas.
Aerosol can of drywall texture for small patch areas. | Source

One of the biggest complaints that I hear from homeowners who have had remodeling work performed is how shabby the drywall work that was performed was completed.Most of this can be attributed to not taking enough time sanding or not applying an extra necessary coat of joint compound in order to make the drywall edges disappear.Blending the joint compound properly for drywall patches is another area where remodeling contractors fall short.It is actually much more difficult to blend old into new, rather than just start from scratch.There are, however, some simple techniques that can give anyone a professional finish.

Patching the Hole

Many times, people try to fill a void with nothing but joint compound.This will not work.One of my favorite things to use for smaller holes (less than 6 inches) is spray foam insulation.Take a can of this and simply fill up the hole and watch it expand.It will take about 20 minutes to fully expand and cure, but will be easy to shave off any excess and will give the joint compound something to hold onto.Spreading the joint compound in light, even coats will make sanding easy once the joint compound is dry.There is no formula for how many coats you will need to apply.Simply apply a coat and sand it once it is dry.Keep doing this until it looks good.

For larger holes, cut out the section with a utility knife in a square or rectangular shape.Use pieces of 2x4s and overlap the 2x4s behind the existing drywall creating a lip for a new piece to hit and secure to.Attach the 2x4’s with drywall screws on all edges and cut a patch piece of drywall to fit in the space.Applying mesh tape because it is self adhesive and easier for a beginner to work with, and apply coats of joint compound in light, even coats.Sand between coats until the patch blends with the rest of the wall.

Blending Wall Texture

What really makes the drywall patch work is that the texture blends together.Blending the texture is simple with aerosol cans that are sold in the hardware store.The cans have a knob setting that adjusts how fine the spay is that comes out of the nozzle.Adjust the spray to match the current texture starting at fine and working backwards if necessary.Then texture the patch area and the area at least 12 inches around the patch.This will allow for a consistent blend.Allow it to dry about 15 minutes and you can prime and paint.

Patching drywall properly simply takes time.Remember to be patient and you will be rewarded with a professional look.

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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

Cut off the torn paper and make sure the line where you cut, and the tear, are clean and the remaining paper is sound. Then patch with joint compound and sand until smooth.

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