Drywall & Wood Repair

Drywall repairs will present themselves eventually, the longer you live in your home or work in your business. Damaged walls and ceilings can occur for many reasons: water, small kids, pets, teenagers, social gatherings, etc. Most interiors are covered with gypsum wallboard aka drywall or Sheetrock. It is strong yet easy to indent or poke holes in and will turn to mush once water damage occurs. Pets and people can easily cause damage accidentally with everyday living. Bumping the doorknob into the drywall can leave a permanent impression or a hole if there is no preventative baseboard stopping system. Among the unsightly damaged drywall list includes peeling joint tape, crack, holes, and dents. These issues need to be fixed properly before applying fresh paint. Luckily, the majority of drywall problems can be fixed easily. With the right hand tools and products and a little know-how, you can quickly fix the damaged areas. Safety is the first discussion for any DIY project. Fixing the most common drywall issues is not that tricky. Learn how to take the right safety precautions before tackling sagging ceilings, cracks under windows and doorknob imprints. Take Care Of Your Back Careful lifting is essential, or you will be in pain. Drywall typically comes in 2-foot square pieces for tiny repairs or 4x8 sheets. Contractors usually purchase in bulk and cut down to the sizes they need. It is important to note that a full sheet of ½ inch drywall is approximately 54 lbs. Plan your pickup and delivery appropriately by hiring help in advance. This is an awkward and heavy load. Lift with your knees and never with your back. Never attempt to lift alone. Take caution when leaning drywall up against a wall as it could fall over and crush a child or pet. Empty Buckets Can Kill Kids While you can purchase premixed joint compound in a variety of different bucket sizes, many opt for 5-gallon buckets. These are a dangerous threat to young toddlers and small kids. If a child leans over to look into the bucket, they can accidentally tumble headfirst in. Sadly, they cannot get out and are capable of drowning in only an inch of water. Never leave buckets outside in the rain. If you use buckets for carrying supplies as opposed to mixing things, consider drilling holes through the sides and bottom for extra safety. Clean Drywall Dust The sanding of joint compound during drywall repairs creates a ton of find, annoying white dust. This is also a respiratory irritant containing silica and fine gypsum particulates. Always wear a secure dust mask or even more recommended, a dual-cartridge respirator to protect your airways. Work in a well-ventilated area if possible. Have someone close with a shop vac to capture dust as you are sanding. Ensure your shop vac has a HEPA filtration system. Immediately after you finish the job, re-clean the area with your household vac. Lastly, mop and dust baseboards and window ledges, shelves, fireplace mantle etc. after to capture any remnants. If you will be drywall sanding near a heater vent, tape it off ahead of time either with your drop cloth or a piece of paper to prevent dust from settling into your vents. Know What Compound You Require There are two main kinds of premixed drywall compounds. The all-purpose and lightweight products perform differently. The lightweight item takes less time to dry and weighs approximately 1/3 less compared to the all-purpose. It requires less effort for sanding. The all-purpose version is less expensive and dries harder. Both compounds are simple to apply. They can last at room temperature for approximately 9 months. If you have significant drywall repairs to complete, opt for a 5-gallon bucket. Use a 1-gallon bucket if you only have small repairs to complete. There is a dry-mix joint compound available on the market too. This is a powder form product that needs to be mixed to the right consistency with water before applying. The dry-mix compound is the most economical version compared to the pre-mixed options. However, the pre-mix is faster and easier to use for DIY repairs. Common Doorknob Damage We’ve all seen it. That perfect circle or semi-circle indentation on the drywall from where a door was opened a little too aggressively. It can happen even when the door was opened gently, unfortunately, if there is no stopper to catch it. A peel-and-stick repair patch can be a simple solution. This patch has an adhesive-backed screen of aluminum which is reinforced with fibreglass mesh. It is designed for easy application. Simply peel off the backing and press the patch over the hole. Take a four to six-inch-wide drywall knife and put joint compound over the patch. Use enough pressure to gently force the compound through the mesh. Once the compound dries, sand it lightly and add a thinner, second coat of compound. Extend this second coat slightly by a few inches past the first coat. Repeat a third time. Once dry, sand the surface lightly. After it is smooth and seamless, prime and paint your patch. Drywall Cracks Vertical drywall cracks will often appear above and below windows and doors. These hairline cracks are usually caused by lumber shrinkage and settling in the house frame. To repair the cracks, start by using a sanding sponge to sand the crack smooth. After sanding, vacuum the crack to remove all loose dust and debris. Drywall cracks commonly appear under doors and windows or above them. These vertical cracks are often caused by the house frame settling due to lumbar shrinkage. Use a sanding sponge to prepare the cracks. Sand them smooth and vacuum the crack to clean it well. Use a putty knife to place a thin coat of joint compound into the crack. Once it is dry, sand it smooth. Repeat and apply a second thin coat. Once the repair is flush with the remaining drywall, prime it and paint it.

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