If you are a homeowner, you can't just call the landlord and ask them to send up their maintenance man to fix a hole in your drywall, as it's your responsibility. So, how are you supposed to fix that hole?
Square the Hole
The first thing you will do is square the hole. Generally, it's easiest to do this by just cutting space around the hole and expanding it so that it's in a square or rectangle. You can try to fix an unevenly shaped hole, but it is much easier to fix a square or rectangle hole. That's because it's easier to measure the sides to get the right fit. It's also much easier to fit the new piece of drywall into a nicely squared off hole. There are a couple of ways that you can cut the drywall. One is to use a box cutter or use something like a drywall knife. You can get nice straight lines by holding up a metal straight edge against the wall to cut along.
Prepare the Patch
The patch will be the piece of drywall that is going into the hole. For a small to medium sized hole, cut the piece of drywall about 2 inches larger on all sides than the hole. You will flip the patch over and score the hard back an inch or so in from all the sides. Do not go all the way through. The drywall is made up of a hard gypsum with a paper backing. You want to snap the gypsum off but leave the paper behind. You can just fit the patch into the hole, so that the paper you left on the patch stays on the outside of the whole, covering the joint. If it's for a larger hole, you will need to cut the piece of drywall the same size as the hole. In that case, you will use some furring strips on the inside edges of the hole so you can secure the drywall to that.
Tape and Compound
It doesn't matter if it's a large hole or a small one. At this point, you will finish them up the same basic way. For the large hole, you will need to get joint tape around the edges of the path. That gives the compound something to hold to. On a smaller patch, the paper you left on the patch will cover up the joint, so you won't need tape. Then you need to put on the compound. Make sure that you thin it out toward the edges so that you don't have a huge lump on your wall. You may need to use more than one layer of compound until everything is covered. Then you can sand it smooth.
For more information, contact Mike's Drywall Service Inc or a similar company.
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