How to Repair Drywall: Patching & Repairing Walls and Ceilings

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In this section, you'll learn the step-by-step techniques involved in repairing drywall surfaces to like-new condition. Sometimes the results will be even better than new because you'll correct problems in a way that ensures you won't have to repeat the repair later.

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Ceiling fixes
You'll also discover why the problem occurred. That knowledge will help you understand how the repair process works and how to produce a lasting solution.

Repairing a textured ceiling is an interesting dilemma. If the process works well, it can be a quick one-step repair. But if that first step doesn't pan out, the second becomes a bigger problem, which can then lead to an even larger third step. The repair is like running down a staircase -- missing the first step has serious consequences. The successful repair involves restraint, because spraying too much texture can look more obvious than not quite enough.

Removing the texture from an entire ceiling gives a room a different look. This procedure is a bit messy, but not tedious. The new smooth ceiling is easy to paint and simple to repair.

Plaster repairs
The plaster walls and ceilings in many older homes can be a mixed blessing. Although a plaster surface is durable, it is subject to cracking and can come loose from the lath and/or the framing.

In some cases you can reattach the plaster and blend the repaired area into the original surface. The step-by-step proces, saves you the time and expense of replacing the entire wall or ceiling.

Repairing holes and nail pops
Before you paint a room, you should check thoroughly for nail pops. Fixing them is an easy task, and it will improve the appearance of the walls.

Inserting a wall patch is a basic skill you should master. Holes most often are the result of accidental damage, although you sometimes need to cut holes during remodeling projects to pull new wiring or to install other utilities.

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Three simple projects to cross off of your to-do list -- just print these instructions and begin!