Purchasing, selling or renting a flat often means making a few repairs or upgrades beforehand. From At Home in Edinburgh, one of the best letting agencies in town, we want to show easy ways to repair any type of Holes. It is always important to give a good image when renting a flat, specially in Edinburgh where there is a lot of competition in short term rentals.
Beyond the usual painting and hardware replacements, drywall repair is one of the most common cosmetics homeowners need to make.
Repairing a drywall is a pretty simple process, these repairs just need to follow a few steps :
1. Evaluate the repairs needed
In some cases, walls have a few nick and dings that can be easily patched drying spackle and sandpaper. These repairs can often be completed by simply dabbing on a bit of touch-up paint over repaired surfaces rather than repainting the entire wall. Larger repairs might require a patch kit or more complex repairs.
2. Determine whether you are faced with problem drywall
If the drywall was installed between 2001-2009 determine whether the home has problem drywall and in that case follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission´s guidance on remediation.
3. Repair Surface Cracks with Drywall Compound
Surface cracks often occur along the seams where two pieces of drywall meet. These cracks, if they don´t extend beyond the tape covering the seam, can be simply filled with drywall compound. When the compound dries, lightly sand the area and re-paint. Deeper cracks can be repaired using the same process strenghthened by placing fiberglass tape over the seal while the compound is still wet.
4. Repair small Holes with putty, Sanding and Spackling
Most holes can be filled with painter´s putty (level of the wall surface) and then lightly sanded when dry. Spackle is applied next and allowed to dry,sanded and then the wall may be re-painted.
5. Repairing big Holes using a Patch
If the whole is larger, a patch is used to cover the hole before the putty is applied. Too large holes for a drywall metal patch( often used for holes up to six inches) require a patch made of drywall,which must be the same thickness as the existing drywall. After the patch is applied, the same process of filling the area with putty, sanding the area lightly, and applying the spackle is used.
No matter the size or number of holes, it´s always possible to repair drywall leaving no evidence that the wall was ever damaged, specially if the entire wall is re-painted. It is a good idea to paint the entire wall with primer and few coats of fresh paint for a flawless finish.
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