How to Repair Drywall
The best method for repairing drywall depends on the type of damage you are trying to fix. Drywall repair can be broken down into the following categories:
- Drywall Cracks
- Holes in Drywall
- Nail Pops
- Corner Bead Damage
- Matching Drywall Texture
- Knicks, Scratches, and Dents
Most drywall cracks occur within the first year of finishing a drywall project. Some cracking in drywall is inevitable. How do you fix drywall cracks? What type of drywall mud is best for repairing drywall cracks? What type of drywall tape should be used when repairing drywall cracks? Read some of the articles linked here for a detailed discussion.
There are a number of reasons why you may need to repair drywall holes. For example, when electricians install or move lights or outlet boxes, there are usually holes left that need to be repaired.
A very common imperfection in drywall is 'nail-pops'. Nail-pops look like small round indentations in the drywall surface. The paint cracks around the screw head. 'Screw-pops' are caused when the underlying screw or nail breaks free from the backing below and allows the drywall to move in and out.
If the surface you are patching is textured, you will need to determine the type of texture and attempt to match it. Please read our articles about common drywall textures to see what type of textures are available. You can check out this article for tips to matching drywall texture. If you are looking to match a spray knockdown texture, you will definitely want to read our tip on matching knockdown texture