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How To Do A No-Mess Drywall Patch


drywall textureIf you've ever had to patch drywall, you know that it is a process. After you patch the hole, you have to tape the patch and float out some drywall mud (compound). Typically you have to sand the mud after it dries to level out the patch with the surrounding area. Then you can texture the patch, if necessary.

Sanding the patch is a very messy job. If you are careful, you may not have much sanding to do. If at the end of the mud job you can smooth out the mud and get most of it off with your taping knife, you may not have much to sand away anyway.

The sanded drywall mud is a heavy dust that seems to cake on everywhere it lands. The cleanup of sanded drywall mud is awful. It will clog vacuum filters, and you will have to sweep it off of hard surfaces many times. One alternative is to use a damp sponge. You can wring out a sponge until there is no water left in it, and then use a slight swirling motion on the mud. When the sponge gets filled with drywall mud, dunk it in a bucket of water and again wring it out until it is just damp. This will keep the clean up to a minimum. Once the drywall patch is flat, you can texture and paint it. Here is some additional information on drywall repairs.


I have begun using a drywall sponge for my sanding as it does not create any dust. If you are careful applying the mud, the sanding is a quick process...
Posted @ Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:03 PM by Temecula Handyman
I would like to suggest a texturing method after using the technique above. This is for novices and professionals. My partner and I have recently brought a new texture gun that shoots everything from a light orange peel to a heavy knockdown out of the same tip. We also are packaging drywall texture in a bag. Check out our website EZPROTEXTURE.COM to see our products and an instructional video.
Posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 6:45 PM by Jim Aldrich
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