Are you looking for something creative and unique that could change the aura and atmosphere of your house? Have you recently had your drywall repaired or newly installed and want to take this opportunity to make a design change? Why not start with the wall treatments or finishes? So, what does it mean treat your walls? As its name suggests, this term refers to the enhancing or improvement plans for your wall. In other words, using building material in a unique way to beautify your home. Here are 5 DIY wall treatments that you can use to save:
Wall treatments serves as the decorative skin of your walls to hide its building components like wires, insulation, structural members, pipes, and insulation. Thus, it should be textured or smooth depending on the kind of wall treatment you prefer and best of all, free from unwanted holes. Follow these 5 DIY wall treatments to unleash your creativity and save big!
When it comes to hanging pictures, many people simply get out the hammer, a nail, and start banging away. If this is you, then you may want to consider a few things like “the durability of the drywall”, “the weight of the picture”, “if you are hanging on a stud”, or “what will happen if you use the wrong type of nail”. If you don’t think of these things you can end up with a broken picture and a drywall repair job in your future. So, to save you time and money, here is what you need to know—consider drywall anchors.
Anchors come in many styles and strengths. Although this is the case; they are not all purpose nor can they be used with all surfaces. For example, an anchor that has strength enough to hold something to drywall may not be as strong to keep that same object on concrete…and vice versa. Also, don’t be fool by the fact that anchors, when install, feel as if they can hold an object on the wall for a long period. A mismatched anchor will lose its grip and eventually cause drywall damage and impact to whatever else is behind it.
So, I am sure that you are asking the question, “how much weight can an anchor hold?” My answer…It relatives on the what is being hung, the surface, the condition of the surface, and the anchor type. Can you hang a 22 lb. picture with a screw in a plastic expansion anchor if the weight tends to pull the anchor outward? Something to think about, right? Therefore, it’s important to know the types of drywall anchors available and how to use them.
Anchors are separated into two categories: expansion anchors and hollow wall anchors.
In contrast, hollow-wall anchors do not work well with solid materials. They are designed to be used on hollow walls and in thin materials. They have a unique way of spreading once inserted and cannot be pulled back through the hole. The strength of this type of anchor is proportional to the size of the "spread". This means if you are hanging something and want to avoid a drywall repair bills, then be sure to use an anchor with a very wide spread.
And, don’t worry…if you do end up damaging your walls, you can just as easy fix it yourself. Or, call your Baton Rouge Drywall Contractors for assistance.
Drywall repair can sometimes be easy to do. But, they can also be a very easy job to mess up. That’s why, if you are going to take on this task, it may be best to be introduced to the various products and equipment that are used when patching and painting the walls of your home or business. Keep in mind, practice not only makes perfect, but knowing what to use can make a world of difference.
Also known as drywall mud, drywall compound come in two variations when repairing or patching drywall. The light-weight version is used for the final coat and because it sands nicer. Most contractors use all-purpose compound only to bed the tape because it has more adhesive than the light-weight version and it is bit more crack resistant with less shrinkage. One more important tip to keep in mind when purchasing compound is make sure that you buy enough. For small projects, you may only need one gallon of the mixture. But, if you think more home repairs are in your future, you may opt to buy the larger bucket because its more cost-effective.
Spackle and Plaster
It can be confusing knowing the difference between plaster, spackle, and drywall compound. Although subtle and barely noticeable by the average person, they do exist. Compound, joint compound, or drywall mud are all the same product and are mainly used for gypsum board and large drywall projects that require durability. Spackle is like joint compound, but used for small household repairs. Plaster a soft mixture of lime with sand or cement and water for spreading on walls, ceilings, or other structures to form a smooth hard surface when dried. It is a typical found in older, historical buildings.
Drywall Repair Tools
Drywall repair kits come with virtually everything you need for a patching and repair job. They range in price, size, and quantity. Common kits include nails, screws, various knives, saw, drill, hammer, and screwdriver. Even with all of this, you will still need additional materials and equipment, such as but not limited to:
These materials can be purchase at your home improvement store and local hardware. If you ever have need help or feel uncomfortable complete your drywall job, always remember that a Baton Rouge Drywall Contractor is only a phone call away.