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Drywall Repair Links
Using a HEPA filter, shop vacuum and a sanding attachment to eliminate drywall sanding dust. Part 1
Using a HEPA filter, shop vacuum and a sanding attachment to eliminate drywall sanding dust. Part2
Create a dust free zone with a quick set up plastic barrier.
Quick setting drywall compounds can enable you to do your drywall repairs in minutes instead of days. Learn the rules for using them. Part 1.
Quick setting drywall compounds can enable you to do your drywall repairs in minutes instead of days. Learn the rules for using them. Part 2
How to repair stress cracks in drywall. Using drywall tape. Different types of drywall tape. Muddding and finishing.
Spackle is the most commonly used pre-paint drywall repair material. Used for dents and small repairs.
Using drywall tape on cracks and seams, types of drywall tape, quick setting mud will speed up the repair process.
Wallpaper removal often causes torn drywall, gluing down the paper facing, skim coating, priming and sanding.
Drywall sanding tools include pole sanders, hand sanders, sanding sponges, vacuum sanders along with a list of accessories and dust containment barriers.
Straight cuts, radius and circle cuts. Drywall is cut with a utility knife, saw, or rotary tool.
Eliminate drywall sanding dust with a vacuum sander attachment and a HEPA filtered vacuum.
Drywall & Plaster Repair Methods
Drywall Compounds: Quick set compound, All purpose compound, Topping compound, Spackle
How to repair:: Flat seams, Holes, Nail pops, Cracks, Water damage, Tape blisters,
Repair Materials: Metal mesh, Metal clips, Rubber crack spray
Types of Drywall Tape: Fiberglass mesh tape, Paper tape, Perforated paper tape, Self adhesive tape
How to Finish: Inside corners, Outside corners, Butt joints, Tapered joints, Nail spotting,
How to Repair Drywall
Almost all painting involves some surface preparation: spackling of holes and dents in the wall, cracks and even partial sheetrock replacement.
You will need a “set” of drywall knifes (1”.4” 6” at a minimum, also “broad” knives of larger size for large repair and seams), mud pan to work out of, measuring tools (tape measure and square), and cutting tools (razor knife, drywall saw, rasp). For general pre-paint preparation a set of knives , razor knife, 5 in 1 painter’s tool and a mud pan will usually do.
Drywall Repair Compounds
Chemical Setting Compound
There are different drywall repair and finishing compounds. First, there is the quick drying, chemical setting compounds. These come in different setting times from 5min to over 90 minute set. Quick setting compounds are used under slower drying all purpose or topping compounds to speed up the drywall repair process. See Quick Setting Drywall Compounds
most applications. Spackle is not recommended for large area skim coating. Most pre-paint repairs can be done with spackle alone.
Drywall Repair Tape
There are two main types of repair tape: fiberglass mesh and paper tape. Drywall tape is used to add strength to seams or cracks in drywall to prevent cracking or re-cracking. The fiberglass tape is self adhesive and can be applied directly to the drywall over cracks, whereas the paper tape requires a thin layer of drywall compound in which the tape is embedded into. There is a newer version of paper tape which is perforated and is self adhesive. The advantage of mesh tape is that it will not blister as paper tape can if it is not embedded well or there is an area without compound under the tape. Paper tape works better on inside corner repair where the mesh tape profile causes the drywall knife to bounce off its textured profile. See Crack Repair
Holes can be small requiring just some spackle, or medium sized requiring special drywall splicing techniques or surface patches, or large requiring replacement of whole sheets of drywall or close to it.
Standard Drywall Compound
Standard drywall compounds come in all purpose or topping compound versions. Both of these sand easily. The topping compound will shrink less as well. Standard drywall compound usually requires overnight drying before you may sand, prime and paint. These are the best choice for large repairs.
Spackle, particularly the lightweight versions don’t shrink and feather out very thinly requiring little sanding. Spackle doesn’t sand as nicely as drywall compound but will fill many dents and small holes in one application. Spackle is quick drying, affording same day painting for
Drywall Repair Links
Repairing holes in drywall using pieces of drywall, metal clips, and other methods to secure the new drywall piece. Different methods are discussed. Taping and finishing.
Spray elastic crack repair for hairline stress cracks is a simple and fast repair method.
Commercial metal surface patching materials make quick work of holes in drywall. Best used for smaller holes. Very fast repairs.
Finishing screw and nail dimples and how to tape and finish flat seams.
How to tape and finish outside corners and inside corners. Using corner knives or flat knives.
Before every paint job, you will usually need to address at least a couple of nail pops and dimples learn how to repair this common problem.
Learn how to get a room patched and primed and ready for paint quickly. Same day reaper techniques.
Sometimes you need to resurface a whole wall or room because the walls are in such poor condition. Skim coating smoothes and resurfaces the drywall making is like new again.
Fiberglass mesh tape and standard paper tape, how to use them when flat taping.
Using clips will speed up the repair process. Patch holes in drywall without cutting back to the studs.
Stronger than paper tape and much more blister resistant, fiberglass tape is the perfect choice for drywall repair in most cases.
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