Monday, May 31, 2021

Patching a hole in Drywall with a "Blowout Patch"

This is a extremely simple method of repairing holes in drywall without having to buy one of the expensive, cheesy drywall patch kits. And those mesh/metal drywall patches usually come out looking very amateurish. If done right this method will typically come out much smoother looking.

What you will need:

• Drywall joint compound - (premixed or bagged 20 thru 90 opinions will work)

•Drywall mud knife

•Mud pan

•Utility knife

• Measuring tape

• Pencil

•A scrap piece of drywall about 4"-6" larger than your holes width and height (to cut your patch from)

Step One: Measure the hole to be patched

Measure the dimensions of the hole to be patched. If the hole is round it is sometimes easier to square it up using a drywall keyhole saw. 

Step Two: Transfer dimensions onto scrap drywall and cut patch.

On the under/ back side of the scrap drywall piece, Mark out the dimensions of the hole to be patched. 

Step Three: Score/ Cut and Peel

Once your patch is laid out, score/cut only the paper on the back side of your drywall piece. Then snap the drywall along the score lines and slowly peel/ remove the wallboard material leaving the front face paper attached to the patch. This acts as the drywall tape for the patch. (See picture) Note: the paper on the front side of your patch should overhang the hole by at least an inch and a half to two inches. (See picture)

Step four: Apply compound/mud

Apply compound/ mud around the hole to be patch. Then press the "blowout" patch into the mud. Using your drywall knife work the front side of your drywall patch's paper into the compound and smooth as you would normal joint tape. Once the paper is worked into the mud and smooth, You then apply a smooth coat over the entire patch. 

Step five: Sand and recoat

Finally... Once the compound has dried, sand raised edges and recoat until smooth. 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Dry sand vs. Wet sand

Everyone loves sanding drywall joints right? Hell no! For one the dust sanding drywall compound makes is out of control. And when doing repair work this can be a major problem. This dust is fine and gets everywhere and in everything. The best option that I have found when doing repair work is to do more, thin coats of drywall compound (making a point not to have too much access mud), and using a large wet sponge. I prefer the large yellow sanding sponges found at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. When wet sanding make sure you wring out as much water from the sponge as possible. And try not to get your wallboard too wet when sanding. Cleaning your sponge when it gets over saturated with compound. This process may take practice but once perfected a solution to the dust problem in a occupied area in need of drywall repairs needed.