In a Nutshell: How to Repair Drywall

Do you have a lot of at-home projects that you’ve been neglecting, mostly because you want to try to do some of them yourself? If one of those projects is patching drywall, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a brief overview of how to repair drywall for that pesky dent or hole in your wall. If you’re in need of professional help, know The Dan Company is just a call away! 

Preparation Tips For Any Home DIY Project

  • Keep your budget in mind! If a project looks costly, especially supply and equipment-wise, it is best to leave it to the experts. The Dan Company is a great choice for all your home improvement needs! 
  • Gather necessary supplies first. It will be quite a headache if you have to keep running to the hardware store every few minutes for a different tool. It’s best to do your research and prepare ahead of time. That way, you can finish the project seamlessly. 
  • Safety is important! Remember always to cut away from your body when using saws or other sharp equipment. If you need hard hats, face masks, or other safety gear, that is just as important, if not more, than the equipment for your project. Don’t go without it! 
  • Know who to call if things go wrong. If you cannot complete a DIY project alone, don’t worry! The Dan Company has over a decade of experience with home improvement, so we’ll be able to pick up where you left off!

How To Repair Drywall

  • For small dents or holes in drywall: 
    • Cover the hole with a patch of self-adhesive mesh. 
    • Spread spackle over the patched hole using a putty knife in a crisscross pattern so that the edges better blend into the wall. 
    • Allow the spackle to dry as long as the packaging recommends. Apply a second coat of spackle if needed. 
    • Once dry, sand the area smoothly. Now just touch up the wall paint, and you’re done! 
  • For larger holes: 
    • Begin using a carpenter’s square and pencil marker to draw a line at least an inch above and below the damaged area. 
    • Use a stud finder to find and mark the nearest studs on either side.  
    • Next, use a drywall saw to cut along the lines you drew until you reach the wall stud. The edges of the patch should be directly over the stud so that the new and existing drywall is supported. Remove the damaged piece of drywall. 
    • Using the piece of drywall you removed as a trace, cut a patch of new drywall. 
    • Test fit the drywall, then install using drywall screws positioned at least an inch from the edges to avoid splitting the drywall. 
    • Run self-adhesive drywall tape along the edges of the patch, then spread the drywall joint compound over the patch. Let dry overnight, then sand smooth. Repeat this process with a second coat and a third if needed. 
    • Wipe the patched area. Then you are ready to paint your drywall! 

The Dan Company has been a reliable and trusted Nashville contracting company for over ten years. Our experienced contractors have worked on countless remodeling projects, from cosmetic touch-ups to full home renovations. Now it is time for your dream project! Contact or call The Dan Company at (615) 891-1572 to get started on your project today!

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