Cut Out the Damaged Portion
When you are cutting the damaged portion out, it is a great idea to cut it as a square or rectangle. While this often increases the amount of the portion you need to change, this makes it even easier to cut as well as fit patches. In addition to that, it also makes the taping and mudding work easier. For ceilings, patches which are twelve square inches or less may be held in place with the drywall clips. Anything bigger must be attached to the joists of your ceiling to properly hold the weight and the insulations above it. You can use a keyhole or drywall saw to take on the drywall you like to get rid.
Measure and Install Replacement Pieces
After getting rid of the damaged drywall, you need to measure the hole size so that you can cut out the patch from the new drywall sheet. Place 4 drywall clips around each hole. Secure each one to its proper place with the use of a drywall screw, ensuring to countersink the head of the screw. You should be very careful not to overdo the drywall screws. Then, you may cut out a portion and insert it afterwards. Secure it properly to the drywall clips with drywall screws however, just be very careful not to tighten it too hard. If you’re replacing big portions of drywall damaged due to flooding, you will first need to measure and then, cut out openings for outlets prior to attaching the panel to your wall.
When you’re planning bigger drywall repairs, keep in mind that a drywall comes with a butt edge and a bound edge. The long edge or bound is thinner compared to the remaining of the sheet. As a matter of fact, by decreasing the thickness of the drywall, it is much easier to hide seams that are long taped under a lot of coats of drywall compound. On the other hand, the edges of the butt are as thick as any of the remaining sheets.
However, in order to have an even, more finished appearance, it is very essential to avoid bound edges joining to butt edges. Aside from that, you also need to remember that because walls studs are vertical, the drywall is usually attached so the longer side runs perpendicular or horizontal to the studs. This basically helps reinforce the wall strength and also, aids break up seams, especially the vertical ones, in the drywall which tend to be more apparent even when the project is already done.
Blend the Seams and Paint
You should tape over the seams using either paper tape or mesh tape. Though using mesh tape seems to be the easier option since it’s self-adhesive, a lot of professional drywall installation service providers prefer using the paper tape. However, paper tape is not often easy to use. Using it needs some little finesse and practice but it is all worthwhile. If you want to know more about it, contact Salt Lake City drywall installation.