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August 15, 2022

How to Repair Drywall: a Step-by-Step Guide

How to Repair Drywall: a Step-by-Step Guide

Fixing Small Drywall Damage

Any experienced interior painter will tell you that the most common drywall patch requires repair of holes in the drywall caused by small holes that are used to hang paintings or paintings that should no longer be there.

Repairing Drywall Dents and Tiny Holes

  • Using a joint knife, fill the dents and holes with joint compound (although spackle can also be used because it is thicker).
  • Make sure that all holes and dents are levels with the rest of the drywall.
  • Let the compound dry for 30 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Sandpaper the newly covered area to make sure it is smooth and clean.

Repairing Drywall Cracks

  • With a utility knife make the cracks wider.
  • Brush away any debris or dust.
  • If cracks are already wide, then you can use drywall tape before applying the joint compound.
  • Fill the cracks with the joint compound or spackle using a joint knife.
  • Gently apply a thin layer around the widened cracks.
  • Allow the compound to dry for 30 minutes or as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Using sandpaper, smooth out the entire area.
  • Using a brush, it is important to clean the entire area of debris or dust.
  • You can add an additional layer of joint compound if necessary.
  • Paint the new drywall patch with paint matching the rest of the wall.
how to patch a large hole in drywall

Patching Popped Nail Heads

  • When a nail has come lose you can use a drywall screw to reattach it to the wall.
  • Place the drywall screw into the wall at 1 inch above the popped nail.
  • Screw in the drywall screw just under the surface of the drywall.
  • Hammer the nail back into the drywall gently.
  • Cover the screw and nail head with the joint compound.
  • Allow the compound to dry for 30 minutes.
  • Make sure the area is smooth and clean.
  • Touch up the wall with matching paint.

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How to Repair Drywall: a Step-by-Step Guide
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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