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How to Repair Drywall or SHEETROCK - Tips and Tricks

Even with the best finishes, there can still be accidents, so take these simple tips and tricks from Lowe's and USG for a hassle free repair. The California Patch or the No Cladding Patch This patch doesn't require a backing and it works great for holes 6in x 6in and smaller. The trick behind this patch is the paper on the face of the drywall. Start your patch by cutting a new piece of drywall in a square, about 2 inches larger than the hole. On the face side of the drywall, be sure to leave one inch of extra paper on every side. Now press the piece you've cut over the hole and mark around it. Using a SHEETROCK tool saw, cut out around your marks to create a new, larger hole in the wall. It will be a perfect fit for your new piece. Using a 4-6in taping knife, apply a thin layer of joint compound on the paper edges. Use just enough to ensure the paper will stick. Reinsert the drywall patch into the wall until it's even with the rest of the drywall. Apply a thin layer of joint compound over the entire patch. Allow this to dry. Sand and repeat until the wall is smooth. Matching a Textured Finish when Repairing Drywall Using a spray hopper is the easiest way to match a textured finish. However, if the patch is over a very small area, you can also use joint compound and a brush with hard bristles. Start with a light skim of joint compound, extending it two inches beyond the patch itself. Lightly sand the area to blend to compound with the wall surface. Mix one gallon of joint compound with a quarter gallon of water. Skim the mixture on a brush with hard bristles until all of the hairs are covered. Shake the excess compound from the brush. The texture pattern is created by placing the brush firmly in one hand with the bristles facing upward. Position the brush roughly 10 inches from the wall. Place you other hand above the brush and flick the bristles while moving the brush in a forward motion. Repairing Paper Faced Corner Bead If the wall was finished with paper faced corner bead, then all you have to do is cut out the damaged area, prying it back from the wall. Using tin snips, cut a new piece of paper faced bead to fit. Mud the exposed area with your knife. Then press the piece to the area. Mud the sides and refinish the wall to match. Use these tips for repairing drywall, be it textured, smooth, or a corner bead. For drywall tools and supplies, visit Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: Or head to our channel:
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