Drywall repair can be done quickly and easily if you take the right steps. Drywall is tough, but it can sustain ugly cracks and holes over time, and this guide will tell you everything you need to know to complete this project:


Make Sure You Use The Right Type Of Joint Compound

You need to fill minor scratches or dents with a thin layer of joint compound, and you can apply this using a putty knife made for repairing drywall to smooth the filler until it is flush with the wall. Larger cracks and holes will require reinforcing mesh prior to spackling because if you apply joint compound directly to large gouges, the damage will reappear. 


Neatness Matters

In order to achieve perfect results, you must use a box cutter or other sharp blade to remove random strands of drywall tape or frayed edges of wallboard paper. Do this carefully around holes or cracks before applying joint compound; otherwise, you will see bumps and blemishes after your work is done.

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Maintain Safety

It is very important that you do not cut hidden electrical cords, which is why you need to first verify that electrical cords and plumbing lines are not running through the space behind the wall. You can shine a flashlight into the hole if it is just a few inches wide to see what is there, and if you must enlarge the hole, cut horizontally with a drywall saw but do this carefully to avoid going deeper than an inch.  


Keep It Light

When it comes to joint compounds, less is more, and a thin coat is easier to sand, and it will be less likely to remove too much while sanding and exposing the patch. If you want the joint compound to appear flush with the wall, “feather” the mud as you apply it, hold your knife at a 70-degree angle, and press harder on the outer edges of the mud as you move away from the center.


No Cutting Corners

Never skimp on sanding after patching holes in drywall because this will be noticeable and unsightly. Take your time and once the repaired area is dry, use fine-grit sandpaper and add a second layer of mud after the first round of sanding. Spread the mud about 2 inches beyond the boundaries of the first layer, and once it is dry, re-sand your repair. 


Protect Yourself

Always wear a dust mask when sanding drywall compounds because the fine particulate of drywall compounds can injure your lungs if inhaled. The use of disposable gloves is also highly recommended to protect your hands.


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Use Drywall Patches for Larger Holes

You need to use a mesh drywall patch to complete repairs if you are fixing damage larger than a small nail hole. Do not fill the hole with spackle because it will crumble after it dries. 



Drywall is tough, but not indestructible and drywall repair may be necessary at some point. Are you in need of fire or water damage restoration? APL Restoration can help with drywall repair and flooring installation, and we have been serving the Vancouver community for years. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company, contact our team today to learn more about our services!


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