Homes settle, door knobs bang and sometimes wall nails pop. When this happens, Mr Handyman can help by patching the holes, filling the gaps and we can texture, prime and paint so that you will never know there was a problem.
Wall and Ceiling Patches
Picture hangers and mirrors as well as nail pops can cause small holes. Smaller holes can generally be filled with spackle and a finger and this may be all that is needed. If they are still noticeable, the area can be re-textured, primed and painted.
Wall and Ceiling Holes
When the holes get a bit larger they might need a bit more reinforcement in the wall to keep them stiff and secrure. In these cases, we will fill the space with a rigid mesh or small piece of drywall and will apply filling and topping mud to smooth the area ready for texture, priming and painting. As the area gets larger the number of layers also increases and the amount of feathering will grow. In some cases the project may take multiple visits if the larger thicker areas of wall mud need to dry overnight.
Larger Wall and Ceiling Repairs
In the case of larger holes, the broken wallboard needs to be cut out and replaced with new structurally sound materials. In these cases reinforcing is needed to support the edges of the seams. Once the wallboard is repaired the drywall repair process proceeds as usual along the seams.
Outside wall corners seem to get a lot of abuse. Carts, kids and pets can do quite a bit of damage. When this happens, we sometimes need to cut out the warped, damaged metal corner bead and replace it with new. After the metal is replaced the repair process is similar to repairing a hole except that the painting process has two walls to address.
Fixing wall cracks
Some cracks are simply the result of the house settling. Others are due to walls moving in relation to each other. Depending on how sever the crack is, will determine how to make repairs.Small cracks or ones that follow wall corners can be repaired using flexible or elastomeric caulks. These will fill the gap and unlike drywall mud will allow some movement that is sure to re-occur between two walls.Larger cracks or ones that run along a wallboard seam might need to be re-taped. In these cases, it is often best to cut out the old tape and replace it with new. The replacement process is the same as the wallboard patch process except that you are using tape and mud along a length.
What is hot mud and how is it used? Hot mud is a term used for fast or chemically hardened drywall mud. The mud is mixed from a powder and the working and drying time is determined by the rating of the mud. Really fast mud will harden in as little as 5 to 20 minutes which makes it quite difficult to use. Larger projects will benefit from 90 minute mud because it allows a longer working time. A drywall repair can very often take 3 or more coats of mud to properly prepare the area. Hot mud is frequently used to help get at least two coats of mud onto a wall in a single visit. You probably won’t want to use it for more than one coat but after you get the first coat on, you can apply the second coat after it hardens. Hot mud is a lot harder than regular wall mud and takes a lot longer to sand and shape. The next coat is typically a thin layer of standard surface mud.
Sheetrock is gypsum plaster covered on both sides by paper to help hold the smooth shape. Sheetrock is secured to the walls or ceilings with nails or screws that push just past the surface and dimple the paper so they don’t stick up. Sheetrock repairs are required any time either the surface paper is broken or the paper and gypsum has gotten wet and can no longer hold the gypsum stable or maintain a smooth shape.