Are you contemplating taking on some drywall refurbishment projects on your own? Ahead of doing so, review some of our drywall repair mistakes that residence owners frequently make. These mistakes can waste your time and money in the end. Hence, it’s better to stay away from them from the start. After reading this blog post, you may leave drywall repairs to the professionals. Either way, we hope you find this information helpful. Happy repairing!

  • Incorrect Measurement

Not succeeding in measuring the wall ahead of cutting drywall is a frequent mistake when trying your best to DIY repair. Not only could this have an outcome in an ill-fitting piece of drywall, but it can be an excessive waste of time and expensive to repair. It’s best to consistently measure the wall before cutting or marking any measurements with a pen or pencil. 

  • Not Removing Damaged Drywall 

One of the biggest mistakes is simply trying to mud and tape over damaged drywall without first removing the problem area. Any water damage, holes, or severely cracked sections must be cut out so the new drywall can bond properly to a solid substrate.

  • Using the Wrong Mud 

There are different types of drywall mud for different stages of the repair process. Using the wrong mud can lead to cracking, crumbling or failure. Use an all-purpose joint compound for tape embedding and lightweight mud for final coats.

  • Rushing Sanding

Taking shortcuts and not sanding repairs thoroughly are surefire ways to end up with visible imperfections later on. Rough spots will telegraph through paint. Take your time to sand flush and smooth.

  • Not Using Joint Tape

Tape adds strength and durability to drywall seams and repairs. Skipping this step leaves openings for cracks to reappear. Always embed tape into the first mud coat before the second and third coats.

  • Ignoring Level Differences

Uneven drywall can cause ripples in mud and paint. Before patching, check for high and low spots and use shims to level surfaces. This ensures a smooth, seamless finished wall.

  • No Backer Board for Large Holes 

Use the backer board behind the new drywall for support and stability for repairs larger than a couple of inches. The mud and tape can cut it on sizable patches with a sturdy backer.

Only a few mis-slips residency owners can let happen when trying to do their drywall refurbishments. Remember, contact APL Restoration immediately for an excellent drywall repair service you can rely on!

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