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Drywall is durable and long-lasting. As long as it does not sustain any trauma or water damage, it can last decades without needing to be replaced. That does not mean that drywall is immune to wear and tear. To extend the life of your drywall it is recommended to strengthen it and perform repairs when they are needed. Doing so will make your drywall last longer and keep your house looking good as new. Here are three ways that you can keep your drywall structurally sound and looking its best!

 

Small Holes

 

All it takes is a door swung open too hard or a photo frame ripping a nail out of the wall, and you have a small hole. Other people may not notice it, but you know its there, even if you hide it behind a picture. The best way to fix this is with a stick-on repair plate, which you can get at most hardware stores. A stick-on repair plate is a round, hard, plastic plate with an adhesive on the back. You peel off the backing and then stick the plate over the hole. After that, just paint it to match the paint colour and you have fixed the small hole in your drywall.

 

Large Holes

 

Sometimes big accidents happen. Maybe a bit of roughhousing, maybe moving a cabinet went wrong, either way, you’re now stuck with a big hole in your drywall. So how do you fix it? First, you need to cut out the damaged drywall, removing the area around it to install new drywall. Screw a 2 x 2 into the studs you have exposed vertically. Then take 1 x 4 and cut them to fit horizontally across the hole and secure them with 1-1/4-inch drywall screws. After that, you can cut a new piece of drywall out to fit into the hole and fasten that in place. Patch up the drywall with joint compound and sand it down before painting it to match.

 

Loose Joint Tape

 

Paper tape covers the seams between drywall sheets before the joint compound is spread on top. In high moisture areas, such as a bathroom, the paper tape tends to start to peel away from the wall. Before it gets worse, cut the peeled tape away using a sharp utility knife. Slice beyond the peeling tape and into the tape that is still adhered to the wall. Remove the loose piece and use joint compound on the seam before covering it with a new layer of tape that meets but does not overlap the old tape. Let this dry overnight, apply another layer of joint compound, let this dry, and then sand and paint.

 

If you are not an expert and have never done any drywalling in your life, then you may not be ready to jump right in and do any of these pieces of maintenance. That’s ok and is why the team at The Drywall Tool Source is here. We are ready and waiting to help you with any drywall project that you have, whether it is little fixes, maintenance, or tearing out and putting in fresh drywall. Call us today so that we can get down to helping you.


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