If you’re like most homeowners, your home’s wall repair needs can best be described as a chore. Wall repair isn’t just about yanking out those damaged drywall panels or replacing warped woodworking; it’s also about making the right connections and avoiding further damage to the walls of your home. As such, you want to do it right the first time, so you avoid costly repairs in the future. Here’s a look at some of the dangers you need to avoid when undertaking wall repairs of any kind.
It’s fine to fill tiny screw holes and other obscure drywall dings with caulking compound, but for larger and deeper water intrusion, and particularly for holes which have sunk into the concrete, it is best to use an epoxy joint compound. There are basically two kinds: 100 per hour (caulking) and three hundred per hour (epoxy). You can buy 100 per hour kits from almost any home improvement store, but if you’re going to spend the money on a kit from a professional contractor, make sure the ingredients in the joint compound are certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Otherwise you may end up with a product that doesn’t adhere as well as it promised. The other danger of purchasing an epoxy kit for wall repairs is that if you apply too much, or if the contractor over-applied it, you may end up with cracks in your drywall. Epoxy curing times can be very different than cement drying times, so be sure to ask your contractor for their recommended curing times.
Spackling is a good alternative to caulking and epoxy, but it does have its own set of dangers. Spackling involves pouring a thick, paste-like substance over a damaged area, and then taping the entire surface down with staples. To apply the plastering materials correctly, you must be aware of any crevices or access points where water could get through. Many contractors recommend that spackling be done prior to caulking because it keeps the cracks between the stacking layers consistent. If done after caulking, cracks may appear between the plastering and the drywall.
In some cases, you can apply drywall tape to patch holes or cracks. Tape has a couple of advantages over patching: it’s easier to install than patching, and it cures quickly and leaves no evidence of adhesive. Tape is most effective when it’s completely cured and is flat against the wall. If the tape still looks irregular after it cures, patch the problem.
Drywall spackling is the most commonly used type of home improvement drywall repairs. It’s a two-part application that consists of one part spackling and one part joint compound. Spackling is applied with long, narrow strokes and dries very quickly. Because it dries so quickly, repairs involving cracks are especially time-consuming, but they don’t need to be. The applications of joint compound are gradual and fix any problems without any extra time or effort.
There are several ways that a homeowner can protect their walls from water intrusion without hiring a professional contractor. In many cases, damage can be fixed by simply covering the area in a protective film such as paint. Other homeowners choose to cover the damage with plastic barriers or caulk, which both work well in preventing moisture from reaching the wall. If damage has already occurred, a homeowner may consider repairing the damage themselves using DIY methods.
Wall repairs aren’t always a simple DIY project. One of the most common challenges associated with this type of project is creating a clean, smooth edge along the wall. This is often best achieved by starting at one end of the wall, cutting along the edge as necessary, and then continuing around the wall. For larger holes or cracks, this process can be quite time consuming, but it’s worth it when there is no need to worry about being seen making a messy mess on the area. A drywall repair contractor can help apply the needed patching chemicals in a timely fashion and can even provide advice on how to make the repaired area to blend in with the rest of the home.
There are many reasons why a homeowner may choose to repair their own wall rather than hiring a professional contractor. For starters, there is little risk involved in attempting to repair a large hole or crack. Most DIY projects are fairly straightforward, requiring only basic tools such as nails or screws, and the ability to follow a few simple instructions. However, for larger holes or tears, it may be necessary to enlist the help of a contractor who can use special equipment or techniques to complete the job. Regardless of whether the hole needs to be patched or cleaned, a DIY project can ensure that the repair job is as easy and painless as possible.