House Calls with James Tully: Repairing a hole in drywall

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 09:02:11-04

I’m stopping by viewer Margaret Gainey’s home because she’s dealing with a common problem.

“Plumbers had to snake the line and they destroyed and had to remove the drywall,” she said to me as we stood in one of her bathrooms. We both stared at a one foot by one foot hole in the wall right above her sink.

The plumbers told her that their work is finished and she could take it from there. Essentially they told her to hire a professional to fix the drywall.

If you don’t know how to cover this yourself, our handyman Paul Schramm and I will show you.

“Drywall repair clips, this a new product, I love them,” Paul states, clipping them right onto the drywall.  They give you a place to attach a new piece.

When cutting a new piece, you only need approximate measurements because we'll be using joint compound to fill any gaps.

Use the edge of the tape measure to score the drywall giving you lines for the horizontal and vertical measurement.

Then make a gentle cut on the lines with a utility knife, and the drywall will break apart and you can fasten the new piece into the gap by screwing right into the clips you've already attached.

The rest of this job consists of you taking a drywall knife and applying the join compound.  We used three different layers, thinning out the mud each time.  This will ensure a smoother surface and less sanding will be needed before you paint.

Items you’ll need: Drywall repair clips and screws, tape measure, utility knife, drywall/putty knife, quick setting joint compound

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