Tips on Repairing Drywall Cracks

Drywall is a do-it-yourself-friendly construction material that has been around for many years. It first gained popularity in the country after World War II due to the building boom of the time. Over 96% of new homes today use drywall as a finishing material. Drywall, however, is also prone to damage, similar to other home components.

Read on as Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville shares how to repair cracks in your drywall.

Surface Cracks

Seamless paper covers the drywall, but it’s rare for it to crack or split. When this happens, you can usually spot cracks on the seam where two drywall sheets meet. To solve this issue, widen the crack with the corner of a paint scraper or chisel if it appeared on a vertical or horizontal seam. This will help you determine if the crack extends through the paper that covers the seam or if the tape has pulled loose from the wall surface. Fill the crack with new compound if the tape is intact.

Deep Cracks

Drywall cracks that extend through the seam’s paper tape are more challenging to fix. You need to cut the tape using a razor knife from both ends of the damage and remove the tape that has pulled loose from the wall. Be careful not to tear away the drywall’s paper covering. Expand the crack through the wall surface into the stud cavity. Fill the crack with new drywall compound and apply a thin coat to the area where the old tape was removed.

To close the gap between the ends of the existing tape, place a strip of fiberglass tape over the seam. Flatten the wrinkles using a putty knife. You can then apply a second thin coat of compound after the first layer dries. Repeat the application two more times. Lastly, sand and repaint the area.

Turn to Handyman Connection of Jeffersonville for your home installation and maintenance endeavors. Call us today at (888) 766-3189 or fill out our online form for a free estimate.

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