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How to Fix the Drywall in Your New Fixer Upper

How to Fix the Drywall in Your New Fixer Upper

Buying a "new to you" home is an exciting time. A fixer-upper has a lot of potential, and can give you the satisfying feeling of accomplishment and transformation. But there's a lot to keep in mind when planning and completing improvements and repairs.

Drywall repairs are essential in homes of any age since you don't want your structural integrity compromised or for your paint and finishes to look unappealing and unattractive. Here are some things to think about when repairing drywall in your new fixer-upper.

How to Properly Fix Drywall

Spotting and Repairing Common Drywall Damage

Some drywall damage will be readily apparent, but it may not always be obvious. It's important to know what problem you're looking at since each of the common types of drywall damage requires its own strategic approach to correction and repair. Here are some drywall problems common in fixer-upper homes.

  • Scuffed Walls: Many times, drywall scuffs simply need an appropriate cleaning solution to be removed. But beware: paint gets damaged or degraded if cleaners are too astringent. And cleaner will only work if the underlying wall isn't damaged beneath the scuff marks.
  • Popped/Poking Nails: If nails are coming through the surface of your drywall, they were incorrectly set correctly in the drywall joint or stud during installation. The stud needs to be located and the nail put in the stud to keep nails from popping in the future. Don't just nail it back in without taking that step.
  • Holes in Drywall: While you can patch drywall holes with joint compound and drywall tape, it's challenging to match the existing drywall texture and to know how much repair product to use. If the holes are large and deep, that section of drywall will need to be replaced. The drywall then needs to be restored with primers, paints, and finishes that match the rest of your interior walls in the rooms with drywall damage.
  • Cracked Drywall: Drywall cracks must be remediated with joint compound immediately, but only after an accurate assessment and determination of the extent of the damage. Failing to do so could lead to foundation damage, which isn't something any homeowner wants to deal with.
  • Corner Bead Dents: Corner bead damage should be repaired promptly to prevent further. Unless you know exactly where and how to saw into the wall to remove and replace the damaged drywall corners, you run a high risk of damaging the surrounding wall.
  • Loose Joint Tape: It will be obvious when joint tape has gotten wet and loosened itself from the drywall since the damage is pretty apparent. Be sure to allow ample drying time between reapplications of joint tape and compound before priming and painting.

Considerations for Drywall Repair Work

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you plan drywall repair in your new home.

  • Is the Surface in Good Shape? : Determine whether drywall damage is superficial or if the project will require more extensive repair and/or drywall replacement.
  • Is Damage Lurking Underneath Paint?: If you've noticed discoloration or a musty smell, you may have issues with moisture damage or wood rot hiding underneath paint, stains, and finishes.

  • Do We Have the Right Tools?: If you have the wrong tools and materials, or if you don't have enough supplies, your drywall repair project is going to be more extensive, and more expensive, than you originally planned.

Without precise knowledge of where to apply materials, remove sections, or make repairs, you're putting yourself in danger of a never-ending cycle of frustrating repair, replacement, and patch-ups, especially when it comes to:

  • Applying the Appropriate Amount of Joint Compound: Too much or too little ruins the texture of the whole wall.
  • Priming and Painting the Repaired Walls: Once drywall patch-ups have dried completely, you must match the repaired portions to the existing walls in your rooms through highly precise drywall repair and painting.
  • Cleanup and Drying: In general, it's a hassle for most homeowners to allow time for setup, project work, drying time, and cleanup, especially since your fixer-upper likely has you attempting to juggle multiple projects.

Get Peace of Mind with Professional Painters

Hiring local house painters for interior painting projects means your fixer-upper will have complete surface examination and preparation before planning and completing any drywall repair.

Trico Painting teams will only start on your project after surfaces have been repaired and remediated completely. Then, we'll apply seamless primers, paints, and specialty finishes to any replaced or repaired drywall in your home. Make your fixer-upper a show-stopper without the headaches of DIY. Contact Trico Painting for your drywall repair and interior painting estimate today.