Be honest, I know we’ve all swung the door open too difficult and set the knob through the wall. Maybe you punched it if your team worse or lost your wife set the remote controller through it when she was fed up with your sports. I have even seen a dog chew through drywall. Whatever the case may be, if you have one of those”excitement holes”, I will tell you just how to repair your small hole in your drywall, the right way! OK, so your going to need some things.
-6 inch Knife (preferably metal)
-A bit of 100-grit Sandpaper
-3in Paint Brush
-Small pail or bucket (for mixing sand )
-Respirator Mask(such as the ones you see nurses utilize )
-You should easily be able to locate these items at the neighborhood hardware or anywhere like; Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, etc..
1) The first thing is to wash out the small hole. Just be certain that there isn’t any loose debris in it. This way when the new mud attaches it attaches itself to the rest of the good sheet rather than loose brittle chunks.
2) Take your bucket and mix a little batch of mud. Add water and mix it with your knife. This first batch needs to be thick(about the consistency of a very thick milkshake). You make this first coat thicker so that it forms to where you spread it and doesn’t run out once you spread it in.Clean your knife off (just on the side of the bucket will be nice ) and scoop up some sand. Lay your knife on an angle and push the sand to the hole as your spread it down and round the hole. Ensure that your coat of sand is flat with the rest of the wall and not protruding past. Let this dry today for about 1hr. DON’T PANIC! , it’s most likely going to crack and shrink as it dries. This is normal and do not worry because you still have a finish coat to make it pretty.
3) After your first coat is dry, it’s time to break out that fancy fiberglass mesh tape. It’s sticky so when your place it on it remains. Cover the hole completely and overlap the tape onto the good drywall about 2 inches. You may also utilize patch kits that come as one large square piece of fiberglass mesh which can be convenient, but if you buy the roll of it you’ll always have some around to fix any holes you might/will get later on. Oh and by the way, you will need to use this stuff. It’s the only thing that is going to keep your patch from cracking and falling out.
4) Now it is time to mix up your next batch of 20 minute mud. This time make your mud a little thinner. Add a bit more water this time so the mud spreads easier and is smoother, about such as peanut butter. Distribute your next coat to fill in the low spots. Remember the cleaner you do this jacket and less surplus you leave the less sanding and cleaning you will need to do later. Smooth the sand over the tape and then smooth it over.
5) Do not be discouraged if this jacket isn’t as nice as you need it. Let it dry one hour or 2 and sand it smooth. Use your knife to clean off excess and allow it to dry one more time. (Your third coat should not take long to dry.) You can repeat this again if you so desire.
6) Now that your tired of waiting for mud to dry, time to get dusty. This is where you’ll be glad you have a respirator. Sand your patch smooth one final time.
REMEMBER, if you don’t use primer you will always see your patch bleed . If the existing paint isn’t too old and faded, you can probably get away with just painting over the patch with the exact same paint and it won’t stick out. You also don’t need to paint only a square over your patch because it will stick out and you will see it. You need to feather the new paint into the old existing paint. Lay your paint thicker in your patched area and progressively thinner outward to the old paint.
Following these instructions will provide you the best possible outcomes. You can try to cut corners but will only have to redo your patch or have an area on the wall you will always be sure to stare at.
I hope you have found this report to be helpful and informative. Great luck with your next home improvement project!