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Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall

(Rosie on the House)

Small drywall damage from door knobs, rough housing, minor water damage, moving furniture or mounting hardware from artwork, mirrors, TV mounts, window treatments, etc. is a relatively easy DIY task.

Small screw or nail holes can even be patched with toothpaste and touch painted to blend in.

Repairs to areas of major water damage is best left to the pros. You never know what kind of damage is lurking behind that drywall.

The age and condition of the paint on your wall and stored paint from when it was applied, are really the key factors in how quickly you will finish drywall repair projects.

But it’s the quality of the patch work that is critical to restoring drywall walls to look like new.

Every painter will tell you, the paint will only look as good as the surface it’s applied to.

A poor patch with a poor texture match will stand out like a sore thumb through even the best paint coating.

For dents or holes larger than a quarter, drywall texture and drywall tape or mesh will be required to complete the project.

Anything over a 2-inch square will require a scrap drywall piece to cut a filler piece along with the following tools:

#DrywallDamage Project Tool List:

— Utility knife or drywall saw. Having both can come in handy, but you won’t need both if you only own or have access to one.
— 12-inch straight edge
— A level
— Four-inch putty knife
— Coarse sponge or sandpaper


— Acrylic caulk if the patch is matched up to another material/surface such as a countertop, shower, tile finish, etc.
— Drywall pan if a large amount of mud will be required.
— Texture spray for orange peel finishes.


Water damaged drywall can be identified a few different ways.

Often times on ceilings and walls you will notice that there are ripples or blisteres in the paint.

If you feel the blisters and they aren’t solid or if the paint starts flaking off as soon as you touch it, you likely have a water issue.

You may even find water in the paint blisters which makes your investigation easy!

Other common signs are areas where the drywall is soft to the touch and water stains/discoloration appear.

Before you start a water damaged drywall repair be sure to identify and fix the source of the water intrusion.

Rosie on the House

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