If you have drywall in your home, then you know that cracks and holes happen throughout the lifetime of the drywall. To fix a hole or crack in your drywall, you will need to have the proper drywall supplies on hand or you will need to hire a drywall company to do the job. Most cracks and holes are a do-it-yourself project and do not require any contractors to come out to your home. Below, we will go over some tips and steps to help you repair a variety of cracks and holes in your drywall.
A deep crack may exist in the drywall if a large item fell on the wall or the home’s foundation settled. These types of cracks can be fixed, but you must do it correctly to prevent any imperfections from showing.
The first step is to cut the paper tape six inches past the damage on all ends. This will ensure that you have covered the entire area in question. Once you have made the cuts, remove the paper from the drywall, but do so carefully so that you do not damage any more of the drywall.
Using your drywall supplies, cut through the damaged area and remove any loose pieces of drywall. You should remove anything that the crack has penetrated and once removed, fill with drywall compound.
Smooth out the compound and place a piece of fiberglass tape over the area. Smooth out the compound further and allow to dry. If another layer is needed, add to the existing compound once it is dry. Once dry, sand down the area and then repaint the wall in question.
Small Cracks on the Surface
If you have a small crack on the surface of the drywall, you can fix this problem much easier than a deep crack. As long as the crack does not extend beyond the paper lining on the drywall, you can use drywall compound to seal the crack. Simple apply the compound to the area where the crack is and smooth it out. You will need to allow the compound to dry and apply a second layer if needed.
Once the compound has completely dried, sand it down, and then paint over the area where the crack has been corrected.
Corner Bead Drywall Repair
If the corner section of your drywall has been damaged and it is surface damage only, you do not have to replace the drywall. In fact, small metal pieces are bound at the corners to help prevent damage to the interior drywall.
If you do have surface damage, simply remove any loose pieces and then apply compound to the area and smooth it out. Once dry, sand it down, and then repaint the section to match the wall.
If you are in need of drywall supplies or you have damaged drywall that needs to be replaced, call your local drywall company today to come out to your home and help.