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Drywall Ceiling Repair
With the right approach, performing repairs on the ceiling is a simple project that
anyone can do.
Minor Hole Filling and Patching
Fixing ceiling holes is not an uncommon task.
The breaches in the panel are usually due to where a point of attachment,
like from a toggle screw, have been removed.
The trick to reparing small holes, of approximately 1" or less, on
the horizontal surface, is found in the preparation and the patch.
Begin by making sure the mode of attachment has been fully removed.
Not only any outer threaded portion, but the female portion on
the wallboard side securing them. Threaded drywall anchors can
simply be unscrewed as can metal toggle bolts,
and the screws of molly bolts can be turned back out but the internal part
should be punched through, as with threaded toggles in common use
with builders like for hanging wire shelving. With plastic
expansion anchors the screw counterpart should be pulled out with needle
nose pliers after screw removal or punched through with a nail
tap. In any case no part of the attachment should be left stuck within the
wallboard, it will change the quality of the patch.
Determine if the hole must be mesh taped. If the resulting exposed
hole is a half inch or under, you can probably get by with a straight
patch. If the hole is larger and/or it has a questionable
makeup then taping is suggested. Make room for the tape by scrapingbeyond
the actual hole if this is not a flat drywall surface. You will
also have to balance the location and orientaion of the patch
with texture to be matched, if it exists. But smaller
holes generally don't need this and can be concealed quite readily.
Mix quick dry/hot mudd in a small disposable cup with a narrow
putty knife. There is no need to create larger messes by mixing
in a pan and, the hot mudd does result in a tougher cleaning chore.
Favor a thicker mix, less apt to the effects of sagging.
Push in the patch. Ideally, to the other side where it can buldge
through, and function as a retainer by virtue of its shape. At
first, the patch will bubble downward, as it does on wall repairs,
but that's alright. The droop will sink back to concave
during the dry cycle.
When dry, for sanding -- fold a small square of sandpaper
and lightly abrade with the pressure of your forefinger in a tight
Apply all purpose compound to the surface in a broader stroke
and wait to dry. Sand with a combination of the sand paper or a
sponge block to establish
the combining level. It may help to wet sand to get a match.
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