Couple of questions about drywall patching.
In one section of wall I had to take a Sawsall to a galvanized pipe -
unfortunately it was snugged pretty tightly to the wall and consequently the
sawsall penetrated the wall. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, slap on
some patch over the line cut by the sawsall and be done with it. However
the Sawsall took out a good portion of the drywall backing so the hole is
what is exposed, but surrounding the hole is mostly just drywall paper and
paint. Should I cut out around the hole and replace that section or patch
the hole and let the paint, paper, and remaining drywall take care of the
rest? If I had to hang picture there or something I would replace no
question, but that's not really on the docket for me.
Second question, is joint compound/mud perfectly acceptable to use as a
dent/gouge repair for finished drywall - or is patching compound better.
, but surrounding the hole is mostly just drywall paper and
patch the hole and let the paint, paper, and remaining drywall take care of
What makes an easy patch is to cut your hole back to solid sheetrock and
square the hole. Take a piece of sheetrock cut 2 inches larger than your
hole. Now cut the paper and score the patch on une side only to the size of
Snap off the ends and peel the snapped off pieces from the larger sheet of
paper on the back. When you "glue" this in with the mud, (from the inside
of the wall) the surface of the patch will be slightly lower than the
surface of the wall and this makes blending in the patch real easy as you
don't need to worry about blending the bulge.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Well I'm just as well off to cut from stud to stud like the previous poster
suggested, except now that I have PEX in the walls I'm less enthusiastic
with my jab saw.
I've never tried the oversized paper trick, why not?
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