How to Redo a Drywall

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Drywall is the material used most often for finishing walls. It presents a nice clean surface once all seams ore covered. However, it can be damaged easily by water or punctures from roughhousing and wall hanging installation. In some cases, the only way to repair drywall damage is to replace a section or several sections of the material.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Utility knife
  • Drill
  • Drywall screws
  • Drywall mud
  • Taping knives
  • Drywall tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller
  • Tear out the drywall. Make a hole in the drywall with a hammer, and tap out large chunks of the material. Use your hands to pull out most of it. Near the studs, use a pry bar to pop it loose from the screws or utility knife to cut it off.

  • Unscrew the drywall screws with a drill.

  • Place new drywall sections on the wall and attach them to the stud posts with drywall screws.

  • Spread a thin layer of drywall mud over the seams to fill them in and cover the screw heads.

  • Place drywall tape over the seams while the mud is still wet, then cover with another layer of mud. Let the walls dry until the next day.

  • Sand the mud smooth, and put on another coat. Use a wider taping knife than you used for the first coat, and taper the edges so that they taper smoothly down to the wall surface. Let the walls dry out again.

  • Sand the dried mud smooth and dust off the walls with a rag.

  • Paint the walls using paintbrushes and paint rollers. Make long, even strokes.

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