How to Repair Drywall

Most drywall repairs are simple, consisting of patching holes, filling dents, and embedding popped nails. They require only basic tools and some spackling compound. Also be prepared to touch up or paint the repaired area.


Minor repairs
Such minor flaws as dents and small nail holes can be repaired by filling the area with joint compound after sanding it clean. Choose a putty knife appropriately sized to the blemish, and if more than one layer of compound is required, make sure you allow each layer to dry completely between applications.

Popped nails can be fixed by tapping the popped nail beneath the wall’s surface and then driving a second nail next to it to hold the first nail in place. Dimples can be filled with joint compound.

Major repairs
If a wall has a large dent or hole, the damaged area must be replaced with a new piece of drywall of identical thickness. The tricks involved in doing this well are:  Read full article…