How To Fix Cracked Drywall

As solid as a home or apartment building may be, the weight of that building will eventually cause it to settle. These subtle shifts in movement often go unnoticed by those living in the structure, but the evidence of the shifting can often be seen. Cracks in drywall can appear as the building settles and shifts, often along seams and archway joints, and this can cause some unsightly damage to a wall. The good news is that fixing cracked drywall is an extremely simple process and can be done in just a matter of minutes if you have the right tools on hand. You'll need drywall tape, a container of all purpose joint compound, a putty knife, drywall sanding tools, and something to trim the drywall tape to size. Once you have those things, you're ready to get started.

1. Cover the Drywall Crack With the Drywall Tape

There are a couple forms of drywall tape that can be used. One is a solid tape, usually white or off-white in color, and it will completely seal off the crack so that it can no longer be seen. The other type of drywall tape has a grid-like pattern that provides support for the compound. The size of the crack usually dictates which tape to use. Large cracks need the grid tape. Cut the tape to size and then affix the tape to the wall to make sure the entire crack is covered.

2. Cover the Drywall Tape With Joint Compound

Make sure that the tape is completely covered with joint compound. You'll also want to spread the compound over the tape as evenly as you possibly can. If you have lumps or large “mountains” of compound, it can create an uneven and very noticeable patch on your wall. Once you have a good layer of compound that is relatively smooth and even, you'll need to wait for it to dry. This usually takes 3-4 hours.

3. Sand Down the Compound to Make It Even

Once the joint compound has dried, you're ready to blend it in to the surface of your wall. Using drywall sanding tools, work from the middle of the patch outward to make sure you have an even surface. Continue sanding until the patch blends in level with the wall. You may see a little bit of the tape exposed. This is fine. If you actually have the tape exposed to the touch, however, you'll need to repeat Step #2. Optional: Once you have made the joint compound patch flush, you may wish to add spackle to the patch to make sure that it blends in.

4. Paint the Patch or Cover with Wallpaper

Once you have the patch flush, you're ready to clean off the dust and finish the repair. Take a slightly damp rag to the area and wipe down the patch to make sure it is clean. Allow the area to dry naturally and then apply the matching paint or apply a wallpaper patch to the area as needed. Continue with these final touches until the repair is no longer noticeable. Fixing cracked drywall isn't time or labor intensive. As long as you have the tools on hand and you focus on creating a smooth surface, you'll be able to create a seamless repair in no time at all. Use these steps today to fix your own drywall cracks quickly and easily and you'll be pleased with the results.

Posted on Jan 05, 2015


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