I was hanging some speakers in our living room.
And managed to punch a hole in the wall. [I was pounding in an anchor, and the wall gave way. Sigh.]
This weekend I decided to patch said hole.
I learned some things about myself and drywall patching:
1) If the piece is just a little bit too big, never try to push it into place. Bad things happen.
2) When trimming to put a new piece in stud-to-stud, don’t accidentally cut a few inches too far on one side. Bad things happen.
3) When taping, be sure to get enough mud under the tape. Otherwise, bad things happen.
4) Don’t let Nate do drywall. Bad things happen.
In any case, it’s mostly cleaned up now — just need to sand it, paint it, etc. Sigh. ;)
I really should have taken some pictures.. sorry, I’ve been sucking at that lately.
You know what’s worse than drywall? Plaster. Yeah. sucks.
I tried to con the wife into doing it… “It’s just like frosting a cake.” Yeah. she saw through that lie in about .2 after she got started.
Ok.. you’re saying you’re not going to help us with our basement this summer?! :D
Just browsing through and I thought I would give some advice to those that want to try the art of dry wall. (it is a art… some people make it look easy)
Never try to fill a hole larger than a corner.
Never go over the area more than 3 times… you will only end up pulling the mud from the edges. Splotch it into the hold. Feather from top corner to lower corner (reverse and repeat)
You can ad thin layers to fill in the imperfect areas. Use topping. They make sets that dry in 20 min, 40min, 90 min. Longer the stronger the bond. You want strong bonds on ceilings.
Check the wall after you sand it for even level feathering. Use a Level drag it across the area marking the high spots.
Its not hard if you take time to do it. You will get better the more you do it. I don’t even have to go over any of my work anymore.
anyways.. Have a good day.. don’t beat yourself up.
Thanks for the advice! I can certainly use it. ;)