Drywall is relatively simple to install and easy to repair. This area is either too high, or too low, causing the light to hit it at a different angle than the rest of your seemingly flat wall. If the scrap you are cutting from is thinner that what is in your ceiling, it is because the scrap is from a sheet meant for the wall. Also spread compound over the screw holes to fill them. Then I'll show you how to use a drywall tape called FibaFuse to finish all the seams of the drywall repair with joint compound and the FibaFuse drywall tape. Fix the hole, patch, let it completely dry, sand, clean, do another thinner coat than the first, sand, dry, boom.
To finish, brush away the sanding dust and lightly wipe off the residue with a damp rag before If your finish paint is flat latex, it will be self-priming. Let the mud dry completely. Use the same process of thick coat followed by skimming. After two or three strokes, leave it alone until it's dry. Step 6 - Apply Drywall Tape Cut out 4 pieces of drywall tape to go over the filled joints. That covers your first coat also known as the tape coat.
Secure the wood cleats inside the ceiling so that they can act as a backing for your square patch. Add a slightly thicker layer with each coat until your patch is covered adequately. Wipe dust off the dropcloth with a damp sponge, then clean the surrounding areas with a shop vacuum, let the air settle, and finish vacuuming with your household vac. Name required Email will not be published required characters available. If using fiber mesh tape, you do not want to use pre-mixed mud as your first coat. However, by following this guide you saved big patching your drywall ceiling on your own. These are self-sticking so you just have to apply it over the hole, sticking it to the surrounding surface and then cover the whole area with a few coats of joint compound.
Because gravity will pull down on the patching material as it dries, a bulge can develop in the surface and cause an unsightly finish when you're done. After sanding is done do any touch-ups as necessary. Cut a piece of 1x3 wood strapping 6 inches longer than the height of the hole. The solution is to treat the repair area with texture in a can. Wear a dust mask when sanding to block airborne gypsum and silica particles. Once you set the piece in the hole you may have to do a little trimming to get it to fit.
An inch overlap on each side of the opening should be enough to make the patch work as intended. Now I use less drywall and do more coats. He started this company back in 2007 when the economy was rough and God willing it is now a full blown business. When it comes to our seams lasting a long time we need to reduce movement, more backing does just that. Apply a Final Coat Apply a third and final coat of mud to cover the whole patch, again, overlapping the previous mud coat and spreading out onto the surrounding ceiling.
When this layer dries, sand with a fine silicon-carbide sandpaper, taking care not to expose the screen. In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our or at 800 946-4420. Do this around the perimeter of the repair. Some repairs also may require a hand sander, a hacksaw, a nail bar and a level. Apply a bit of fresh mud over the visible metal and stroke parallel over the edge to blend it with the rest of the repair surface. Strictly speaking, for maximum strength mesh tape is best used with setting-type drywall compound. But I have it throughout my house and don't know if I wanna strip it all.
By good I mean flat and smooth. Your repair should look pretty good by now. Again, wipe down one side, then the other side, then the middle again. If you're using semi-gloss, oil-based, or another shiny paint finish, prime the patch with a latex primer or other flat latex paint first. Many people don't know where to start when they're learning how to patch a large hole in drywall. A doorknob swings into the wall one too many times. We have 2 workers, Richard, the owner and Joe.
Step 4 - Secure Wood Cleats Two wood cleats can act as a support for your patch and provide anchor to which you can secure the patch. Be sure the ceiling surface around the hole is smooth and free of dust or other contaminants before applying the patch. After like 10 different areas I got fed up and talked to my contractor brother about it. Squeeze a bead of construction adhesive along one face of the strapping. Tom's patching method—cut the hole to fit the patch, not the other way around—is virtually foolproof. If you have an entire house to repair, buy a 4.
Go over it again with the larger knife, pressing lengthwise with long strokes. You will have to run your hand over the surface to determine this. The next day, when the compound is dry, put on another thin layer with a 12-inch taping knife. Apply A Second Coat of Mud When the first coat has set and dried, use the joint knife in a forward stroke to shave off any ridges or bumps in the surface of the mud. Ceiling drywall is thicker than the sheets used for walls.