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Old 02-06-2007, 03:44 PM
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Default RE: patching drywall?

Just1more - 2/6/2007 3:30 PM

Cooper, do NOT use the chicken wire or the "handy dandy patch kit" methods! Take it from someone who deals with this situation EVERY day. The thing about "patches" is they are just that. PATCHES. And if you do not take the time to do it right, you will create an even bigger problem than you have now and they will look like patches. The best thing you can do is enlarge the patch as much as is reasonable. Say 12"x12". Place some blocking along the edges and attach new piece of drywall to that blocking. Lastly, the fiberglass tape is great, but it should only be used with "setting type" mud i.e. Easy Sand or Dura Bond. Likewise, you don't use setting type mud w/ the paper tape. In your case, go with the 90 minute. Take you time, do it RIGHT and you'll see the rewards when your done.

What he wrote. The only thing I would add is to taper the edges of the drywall both on the patch piece and on the existing wall - it will help make a butt joint less obvious.
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