Drywall serves as a popular building material in homes and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, due to its brittle nature, it’s prone to surface cracks. These can develop into much deeper cracks, which are both unsightly and can cause further structural damage.
Although drywall cracks are a common complaint among homeowners, they are relatively easy to repair. With the proper tools, even those averse to standard household fixes can restore drywall with little effort.
Materials Needed to Repair Drywall Cracks
The materials required for drywall repair may depend, to some extent, on the severity of the damage. Paint primer and wall paint are always essential, as are utility and putty knives. Small cracks in drywall paper can be repaired with joint compound. More extensive cracks require spackling and fibreglass mesh drywall tape. Texture spray is not always necessary, but can help a repaired area blend in with the rest of a wall. Finally, for the sake of safety and convenience, drop clothes and safety glasses are inexpensive extras that are more than worth the expense.
How to Repair Cracked Drywall Paper
Occasionally, a segment of drywall paper will crack, leaving the actual drywall intact. In this situation, a simple fix can be made which requires only a few basic tools. Begin by removing excess paper with the help of a utility knife or razor blade. After this excess has been eliminated, smooth over the surface with sand paper. The crack should then be covered with drywall tape, as well as a thin layer of joint compound, applied with a putty knife.
After the joint compound is dry, apply a coat of paint primer to allow for better blending with the rest of the wall. For textured walls, a texture spray may be necessary to avoid any noticeable difference between the texture of the wall and that of the fixed area. The final touch involves painting the area with a shade that matches the colour of the rest of the wall. A paintbrush may work for tiny drywall paper cracks, but a roller is more effective for larger problem areas, as it applies paint evenly, creating a seamless look.
How to Repair Surface Cracks in Drywall
Surface cracks in drywall are very common. They typically occur when nails are pounded into the wall in the interest of hanging shelves or picture frames. Not only do the nails or screws leave holes, they also can cause the drywall to crack and crumble away. The first step in fixing this damage is to clear away any loose drywall with a utility knife. From there, spackling can be used to fill in the damaged area. Place a small amount of spackling in the crack and use a putty knife to smooth it out.
After the spackling has been applied, it’s prudent to set the project aside for several days. This will allow the spackling to dry completely. While drying, the spackling may shrink and no longer cover the entire crack. If this occurs, add another thin layer and give the area additional time to dry. Once the spackling is completely dry, cover the area in a coat of primer. As with repairs for drywall paper, surface crack repairs should be covered with paint and, if necessary, texture spray.
How to Repair Deep Cracks in Drywall
Cracks narrower than two millimeters should be covered with fibreglass mesh drywall tape. Wider cracks, however, must first be addressed with spackling. Use a putty knife to apply the spackling and, once dry, cover with fibreglass mesh drywall tape. After the drywall tape has been applied, the ensuing steps are identical, regardless of the width of the crack. The tape should be covered with another thin layer of spackling and once again smoothed with a putty knife. Finish with primer, texture spray and a coat of paint.
How to Buy Materials to Repair Drywall Cracks on eBay
All of the essential tools for repairing drywall cracks are available on eBay. These materials can be found through a simple keyword search or by browsing the Building Materials and DIY page. While visiting the Building Materials page, look to the list of categories included on the left sidebar. This list features a category for wall cladding and plaster, which offers the vast majority of the tools needed for drywall repair. A similar category is available for paint and associated painting supplies.
To maximize these savings on eBay, consider looking for a nearby seller – this will reduce the potential for high shipping charges. It is also important to stick with highly-rated sellers, so as to avoid investing in a faulty product.