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.