Why I Learned How to Patch Drywall and You Should Too

$50
6 Hours
Easy

Knowing how to patch drywall could be one of the smartest skills you learn.
You might feel uneasy by the site of damaged ceilings or walls, but the price to have them repaired by a pro somehow outweighs this inconvenience.
Years ago I paid about $600 for a 5 by 5 foot section of ceiling to be replaced. While I was grateful to my contractor it definitely hurt the wallet.
For some reason I thought that
How to Patch Drywall
How to Patch Drywall
Measure the depth of your old drywall
Measure the depth of your old drywall
Trace the new drywall outline on your ceiling or wall
Trace the new drywall outline on your ceiling or wall
Cut out the old drywall
Cut out the old drywall
Remove nails or screws from joists or studs
Remove nails or screws from joists or studs
Place the new drywall on the joists or studs
Place the new drywall on the joists or studs
Tape the seams and apply joint compound. Usually 3 coats
Tape the seams and apply joint compound. Usually 3 coats
Sand with a medium grit sanding sponge to reduce dust
Sand with a medium grit sanding sponge to reduce dust
Apply texture coat with a cement brush
Apply texture coat with a cement brush
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3 of 4 questions
  • Mona
    on Nov 7, 2016

    I have a crack in my drywall .How do I fix this?

  • Barbara
    on Nov 15, 2016

    My problem is the tape on the ceiling in my bathroom is pulling away in about a 10" section. Can i repair it w/o having to cut the section out and redoing it?

  • Pgf32677615
    7 days ago

    And how about retexturing bullnosed corners?

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  • Jay Taylor
    on Mar 27, 2014

    Thanks for these amazing tips! It is good to have a visual explanation of the process having a drywall made, as a room separator is a great prevention of fire accidents,which is considered one of the excellent advantages of a drywall.

  • Irene Ross-Williams
    on Mar 15, 2016

    drywall repair after replacing large recessed "shop style 80's lighting" with can lights.

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