Indoor Drywall Repair

I (Steph) had a pipe leak in my bedroom, and the plumber had to cut two holes in the wall to find where the leak was. I installed an access panel where the leaking pipes were found and I repaired the drywall where the leak was not found.
The plumber did a great job cutting into the drywall. He cut out a big enough square so that there were two studs available to reattach the drywall piece back in place. If he had cut the drywall smaller, I would not have been able to attach the drywall to the studs.
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- Joint Compound
- Drywall Joint Tape
- Drywall screws
- Joint/Putty knife
- Sand paper
Note: If the original drywall is not usable, Home Depot sells small sheets of drywall for these types of projects. You can usually find them across the aisle from the full size drywall
Mark stud location with sticky notes so they are easy to locate once drywall is back in place.
Remove old screws
Put drywall in place
Screw the drywall to the studs
Sand any loose drywall
Put joint tape on all sides
Use a joint knife to apply joint compound to wall
Ley dry, sand, reapply joint compound if needed
Sand again
Paint to match the wall color
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  • RichandTammy Whiteside
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Nice job! I’ve been using a tool called a “magic trowel” to apply joint compound for the last several years and it almost completely eliminates the need to sand. You can get them at Walmart, home depot, etc. They come in various sizes but the sizes that I’ve used have been pretty impressive. Google “magic trowel” and click on some of the videos to see how cool this thing is!

  • Donna Milito Grazioli
    on Jan 5, 2020

    I had the same problem but my turn off valve for the outside hose is in this wall, so I need to get in there twice a year. You stated you installed an access panel which I do not see. It looks like the wall was just closed up again.

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