The damage to your drywall can range from something as disturbing as a large hole to something as negligible as a small crack. Here are tips on how to fix holes in walls.
Whether you are dealing with a large hole or a small crack, patching up your drywall is something that you can easily do on your own. In fact, this process is fairly easy and inexpensive if you know what you are doing. Here are some tips on what you can do:
Use setting compound for large holes
When dealing with small dings, you can simply gloss over them with patching compound. Larger holes, however, need setting compounds that use a chemical reaction to set up. They are often sold in powder form and once mixed, take about 90 minutes to set.
You can, however, get the five-minute option that sets faster and comes in smaller containers. Once set on the wall, these compounds harden quickly and are difficult to sand over. You are advised to strike them off flush surface as soon as you fill the hole.
Repair spray fine cracks
Apart from large holes, you will often find that your drywall has cracks probably caused by structural stress. These often show up around door and window openings. Because the cracks come about as a result of framing movement, they tend to be difficult to permanently fix.
You can use spray-on crack repair to extend the life of the repair. This spray forms a fine flexible membrane over the cracked area. This membrane can relax and stretch as need when the building moves and settles.
Should you find that the crack is a little wider or deeper than anticipated, you can simply fill it with patching compound first before using the spray. You can easily find crack-repair spray in your local hardware store.
Skim-coat lots of holes and dings
In some cases, you will find that there is an area that has lots of holes and dings in the wall. As much as you can try and fix every hole individually, this is rather inefficient, time-consuming and will not have the kind of aesthetic outcome you were hoping it would. Instead, you can simply use joint compound on the entire area.
Use a wide taping knife or putty knife and spread the ‘all-purpose’ joint compound on the entire area then scrape it off. You may have to use a few coats to ensure that you get all the holes.
As you can see, these repair options are not that complicated nor are they expensive. This is an excellent way for you to do a few DIY repairs that might end up giving you even better ideas on what to do with your wall.
However, should you find that the holes or cracks are a bit more extensive than anticipated, you should call a professional handyman to assess the situation. You just might have a bigger structural issue than you think. It is best to have those sorted out as fast and as professionally as possible.