Types of Drywall Damage and Methods for Repair

Types of Drywall Damage

The best method to use when repairing drywall depends on the type of damage you are trying to fix. Drywall repair can be broken down into the following categories:

Repairing Drywall Cracks

Picture of large plaster crackMost 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.

Repairing Holes in Drywall

Picture of hole drywall hole for copper pipe accessThere 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.

Repairing Nail Pops

Drywall screw popA 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.

How to Match Drywall Texture

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