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Patching Drywall: A Guide

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Patching Drywall: A Guide

A top concern when prepping for a move to new business location or home includes patching drywall. This material is extremely vulnerable to holes, cracks, and dents, but it can easily be repaired with painting, sanding, and joint compound. 

Damage can occur from multiple reasons. Most damage to drywalls is observed in the form of popped nail heads, dents, and screw holes. These incidents are very minor and can be easily remedied. 

Fill tiny holes and dents with lightweight spackle using a putty knife. Ensure the spackle fills the hole and is level with the rest of the wall that is undamaged. Allow it to try for up to 30 minutes. Use sandpaper to smoothen the area. Touch up the paint and brush away debris.

For cracks, widen it with the aid of a utility knife and ensure dust is brushed away. Apply a coat of spackle across the entire area, and smoothen with a putty knife. If wider than half an inch, cover with drywall tape composed of self-adhesive fiberglass. Allow the compound to dry thoroughly.

When dealing with popped nail heads, it's likely that they have loosened from wall studs. A simple drywall screw can reattach drywall to the stud. Drive the screw in about 2 inches above the location of the popped head. Sink the head just below the surface of the drywall. Hammer the head back in, being mindful of unwanted hammer damage. Cover with a spackle, allow it to try, then touch up the paint. This works in all cases.

When projects are larger than you can handle, contact SERVPRO of Belmont / San Carlos at (650) 591-4137. 

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