Tips for Simplifying Drywall Repair
Whether you’re installing drywall or trying to fix existing drywall up, you may be having some difficulties. Even if you ordered from a reliable drywall supplier, there are still things that can go wrong with the installation process. Drywall can become damaged over time as well.
Here are some common problems with drywall and what you can do to repair it:
The Outside Corners Are Starting To Chip Away
If you used paper tape, it’s time to upgrade. Spend a bit of extra money to buy plastic or metal outside corner bead. Only use paper tape for the outside corners in areas that don’t get much traffic.
The Tape Is Showing Through The Mud And Looks Unsightly
Did you put the right number of coats on, in this order: tape, filler, and final coat? The problem may lie with the final coat. Either you didn’t it on or it is too thin. On the flip side, it’s possible to put on the final coat too thickly as well.
There Are Medium-Sized Holes
There are several techniques you can utilize to patch holes in drywall, just as long as the holes aren’t too big. For medium sized holes, you can use what some people refer to as a “strapped backing patch”. Drywall must have a solid backing in order to be durable. With this kind of patch, the back part should be set behind the hole, and extended past either edge. When the strapped back is placed securely on the drywall, the patch should be screwed onto the strap. This type of patch is ideal for use on ceilings holes.
There Are Small Holes
The California drywall patch, aka butterfly patch, is recommended for small holes on the walls. It’s especially useful for covering up square holes or old outlet holes after the outlet has been removed.
A Patch Isn’t a Strong Enough Fix For a Hole
In some instances, a patch only covers a hole and does not protect the drywall from another impact. This type of hole occurs whenever the wall was hit by a door knob or other object. The solution is to do a patching technique with a new piece of drywall.
The Ceiling Is Sagging
When drywall boards begin to sag, it can be caused by insufficient framing support, an improperly installed vapor retarder, high-humidity conditions, or a variety of other reasons. One way you can try to fix this problem is to replace ½-inch thick drywall with 5/8-inch thick drywall, or add some furring strips and another layer of 5/8-inch drywall.
There Is Water Damage
Depending on the extent of the water damage, the drywall will either need to be replaced or repaired. If there is a leak, you must figure out where it is located and put a stop to it. When assessing the damage, check and see if the drywall is still attached to the framing or studs. If it is not, it may need to be replaced. If the wallboard itself is still solid and secured to the framing, you could try to snug it up a bit by using special drywall screws.
The best way to avoid damages is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. It’s ideal to buy drywall from a reliable supplier and make sure that it is installed properly.