Patch Up that Hole in Your Wall with Expert Cambridge Drywall Services
Though considered as one of the most durable construction materials available in the market, drywall isn’t perfectly immune to damage. It can only withstand so much—for instance, a door flung open with too much force can easily leave a doorknob-sized hole on the adjacent drywall. While such damage can look unsightly, though, it can be fixed quite easily with the help of professional Cambridge drywall services.
For those opting to go DIY, this article outlines a simple step-by-step process, though nothing still beats expert Cambridge drywall services from firms like CertaPro Painters of Waterloo in terms of seamlessness, craftsmanship, and long-term reliability. For the materials, you’ll need a small sheet of drywall (typically measuring 4’ x 8’), mesh tape, setting compound (also known as hot mud), and a backer board. For tools, you’ll need a drywall saw, a 6-inch drywall knife, a drill/screwdriver, and 100-grit sandpaper.
Step 1: Cut out the patch – As the first order of business, you’ll need to cut a somewhat larger hole than the one to be patched. Instead of trying to cut a patch that follows the exact shape of the existing hole, it’s much easier to just cut out a piece of drywall larger than the hole, trace its shape over the latter, cut out the traced pattern, then fit the patch in.
Step 2: Prepare the hole – After tracing the pattern around the hole, use a drywall saw to cut the pattern out. Make the job easier by drawing an X on the area of the hole; follow the arms of the X from corner to corner. Snap back the resulting triangular pieces, and then cut them free with the knife.
Step 3: Add up support – Take the backer board (typically a piece of ¼-inch plywood) and position it behind the hole you previously cut into the wall to secure the patch and not let it fall behind the drywall. Fasten the drywall screws to secure the plywood in place. If it’s difficult to push the screws through the drywall and the plywood by hand, use the drill.
Step 4: Place the patch and finish – Orient the patch into the hole accordingly, and then secure it to the plywood backing behind using either screws or wood adhesive, or a combination of both. Afterwards, take some mesh tape and compound for finishing and smoothen the rough edges with the sandpaper.
However, keep in mind that while patching up a drywall hole is simple enough for DIY, professional help is still the way to go if you’re concerned about patching the hole up for durability and reliability.