How To Patch Drywall After Plumbing Repair

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When plumbers (such as those from Eddie B Plumbing) make repairs to the pipes inside walls, they often do not repair the drywall afterward. Repairing drywall is not the plumber's job. Nonetheless, some customers end up being surprised and frustrated when the plumber tears open their walls but neglects to repair it when all is said and done. Having a contractor come to your home just to fix a small patch of drywall can be expensive. Luckily, repairing drywall is not too difficult, so you can learn to do it on your own.

How to Fix the Drywall on your Own

One way to avoid the drywall problem is to simply learn how to repair the drywall on your own. This is a great way to reduce the overall cost of the plumbing repair.

1. Supplies

To patch a piece of drywall you will need a piece of drywall, 2" screws, drywall tape, joint compound, spray texture, matching paint, a drywall saw, a utility knife and a power drill.

2. Cutting and Attaching the Drywall

First, you will need to cut the drywall to the right size. When cutting straight lines you can simply score the board with a utility knife and then snap it cleanly along the line. To cut angles or rounded edges you will want to cut with the drywall saw. Drywall is porous so it is quite easy to cut. You can now drive the patch into place with the drywall screws. Make sure you mark where the studs are, so the screws hit them.

3. Covering the Patch

Use the drywall tape to cover the seams of the new patch. Cut the tape with the utility knife and push down all the edges firmly so they do not peel up from the drywall during the next step. Then, with a putty knife, spread the joint compound over the drywall tape.

4. Matching the Texture

The hardest part might be matching the texture of your existing walls. Spray texture is common in residential construction. Spray textures are easy to match and easy to apply (they work just like spray paint).

5. Painting the Patch

The final step is to prime and paint the patched area. Priming is important because paint will absorb unevenly on spray texture if it is not fully primed. As you brush on the paint, try to blend it in gradually around the patched area, so it does not stick out if the new paint is slightly off tone.

In the end, there should be no visible signs that plumbing work was ever done in your walls!

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