Damaged walls are unsightly, and the idea of repairing them may seem daunting. Hiring professional contractors and repairmen is expensive, but fortunately, there are other options. With the right tools and materials, most people can repair minor to moderate damage to their walls themselves. The necessary materials are inexpensive, which makes this a great way to save money. Furthermore, many homeowners find it rewarding to do their own repairs instead of relying on professionals.
There are a number of materials necessary to repair damaged walls. Purchase plaster and spackling, as well as a set of plastering knives to smooth out the plaster and spackling. Plastering knives come in plastic or metal. Metal ones are more durable, but plastic ones are usually less expensive. For fixing small holes in drywall, most people use self-adhesive wall patches. These come as individual patches, or as rolls of wall-patch tape. For fixing holes larger than 10 cm, purchase a piece of replacement drywall. A hole of this size also requires a jigsaw or utility knife, as well as a wooden board that is 2.5 cm wide and about 1 m long. If the hole is larger than 30 cm, two boards might be required. For repairing holes of all sizes, as well as damaged plaster, a can of wall texture spray is necessary to make the repaired section of the wall match the rest of the wall. You should also purchase paint that matches the wall colour.
Repairing Damaged Plaster
The first step when it comes to repairing damaged plaster is removing any remnants of unusable plaster from the wall. Be sure to remove any pieces of plaster that are loose or soft. The best way to do this is to scrape it off with a metal plastering knife. The next step is to replace the damaged plaster with new plaster. The easiest way to do this is to take new wet plaster and spread it over the wall using a plastering knife. If the existing plaster is thick, it might be necessary to apply two or three coats of plaster to make it look even. Let each layer dry before adding another one. Once the plaster is completely dry, use wall texture spray over the new plaster. Once this is dry, paint the new plaster to match the wall.
To repair small holes in walls, make sure the area around the hole is clean and dry. Next, cover the hole with a wall patch or wall patching tape. Make sure to cover the hole completely; the patch should be flush against the wall with no wrinkles. Next, cover the wall patch or patching tape with plaster or spackling. Use the plastering knife to spread it out evenly, and make sure it is smooth. Once dry, spray on the wall texture and let this dry as well. Once everything is dry, simply paint over it.
Repairing large holes in walls is slightly more complicated. First, take a ruler or straight edge and draw a square or rectangle around the hole. Next, take a jigsaw or utility knife and cut the plaster in a square or rectangular shape. This makes it easier to patch. After the hole is a more regular shape, measure its length and cut pieces of a wooden board that is 2.5 cm wide into pieces that are 4 cm longer than the hole. Next, use a screwdriver to screw these pieces of wood to the back of the hole so they can support a new piece of drywall. Take a piece of replacement drywall and use the jigsaw or utility knife to cut it to the same size as the hole. If the patch does not fit into the hole, reduce its size by 1 mm or 2 mm. Once the piece of drywall is in place, use patching tape to cover the edges of the patch and secure it to the wall. Finally, cover it with a thin layer of spackling, wall texture spray, and paint.
eBay is a great resource when it comes to buying products to repair damaged walls. To get started, simply type keywords that describe the products you need into the search bar located at the top of every eBay page. You can also select a category, such as DIY materials. Repairing your own damaged walls is a great way to avoid the expense of hiring a professional. With the right tools and materials, most wall repairs are simple. With a little bit of work, you can fix damaged plaster and create attractive wall patches yourself.