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Drywall Repairs: Sizing up Your Mess (this sounds terrible but it's not)
The ceiling is scary with holes.
They are not impossible to fix.
Take measurements of the thickness of any existing plaster or drywall.
Two different sizes of drywall required me to deal with.
The left side of each joist had 1/2 inch and the right side had 5/8 inches.
This is a real pain in THE BUTT, but you'll learn how to manage it.
Turn off the circuit breaker if you have electricity in your ceiling.
I had to take out a recessed light fixture from our kitchen.
It was right in the middle.
Take a photo of the wiring in your light.
You will know what to do when it comes time to replace the light and avoid calling an electrician.
Securely cap the wires and place the lines of electricity in the ceiling.
Avoid letting them touch copper or any other metal.
Take the longest length and widest measurement of your hole.
Make a new piece from drywall.
It should be able to cover the ceiling hole.
Dry-fit the new drywall to your hole.
Use a marker to trace around the new drywall.
Use a drywall saw to cut along the traced guide.
You can use a shop vacuum to collect some dust, although it is sometimes futile.
Take out any screws or nails remaining in the joist.
To support the new drywall, add additional blocking to your ceiling.
I used 2 x 2-inch wood framing in this instance.
The video shows more details about how I did it (actually, there is a lot of detail in the video).
Mark the location for the framing and block around the hole.
It's now time to hang thedrywall.
How to Hang Drywall Without Killing Yourself
When hanging drywall, I am usually alone.
If you find yourself in the same situation, the tips below will be of great help.
Drywall screws should not be more than drywall.
This can be done with a dimple tip
Four drywall screws should be placed at the corners of your new wall.
This is what I didn't mention in the video! !
Dry fit the new piece drywall by marking one side and the opposite ceiling.
This will allow you to line up your new drywall...small trick but very helpful.
Fix your new drywall to frame.
You'll see me playing with a laser in the video.
I was able to align the laser with the position of the recessed lighting.
I basically shot the laser through the recessed lights and across the ceiling.
It was then used to find the exact spot for my new hole.
I was at Home Depot when I saw a Milwaukee adjustable hole cutter.
This is one of those tools that you will instantly fall in love with.
It can cut holes up to 7 inches in drywall.
The best thing about the shield attachable is that it captures all dust! !
(My wife loves this tool. Can you guess why?
After the drywall has been hung, it is time to add texture and mud.
Here's where the fun begins... and it can get a little artsy, as my daughters love to say.
Drywall and Adding Texture
You might think that I am crazy.
For textured ceilings, I prefer fiberglass mesh tape at seams.
It is stronger and more flexible that paper tape.
I would likely use paper tape if the ceiling was not textured.
Apply mesh tape to all four sides of the drywall.
A thin layer of 5-minute setting joint compound should be applied to the mesh tape.
Only enough joint compound is required to cover the tape.
You don't have to worry about it, I will show you all the details in the video.
After the five minute joint compound has dried, you can apply Easy Sand 20 to coat it again.
You can see that the joint compound is only one-half of my 10-inch knife.
This was done to fill in the depth difference between the old and new drywall.
Easy Sand 20 can be set up in between 20-30 minutes, depending on the temperature and humidity.
This is a great way to cut down on repair time.
You won't need to sand if you are applying thin layers of joint compound.
Dust can be reduced by using a moist sponge made of drywall.
Use your drywall knife to remove any bumps or high spots.
It is definitely an ongoing process.
Today's video contains a lot of great tips, including how to texture.
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