Repairing Cracks and Dents in Plaster and Drywall

Your house stands only because it’s supported by its walls. Without this connection between the ground and the roof there would be no house to speak of. You would have no roof to protect you and no place to sleep. The walls of your house are very important and you shouldn’t neglect them. Keep maintaining them, even if it means you have to work.

In time, you will notice that your house begins to settle. That doesn’t mean that it has a problem, but that the foundation shifted a bit. That’s why dents and cracks will show up in the walls. Some of them will be small cracks that you don’t notice immediately, while others will be larger, so you notice them immediately. In both cases, you should fix the cracks as soon as you can. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, a crack can lead to a bigger one. If the crack isn’t stopped as soon as possible, it will be hard to stop it later.

If you see a hole or even a dent in that wall, try repairing it immediately. First of all, you need to scrape the material that is loose. Next, expose the lath or the sound plaster and coat it using liquid that is latex bounding. It will form a surface where you can stick the new plaster. Once you apply the wire mesh on the lath, use the patching plaster. Over the patch you should apply two drywall layers and some fiberglass tape. As long as you make sure that the ex hole will blend correctly with the wall, everything should be fine.

If dents aren’t your problem, but you do have problems with your drywall, you might have a little bit of extra work ahead of you, as you also need to do some backing for the hole. To do it, put a join compound over the wire mesh perimeter or on the peg board. A wire should be laced between the holes, while the backing is inserted in the hole from the drywall. That opening can be bridged easily with the help of a wire twisted around a pencil. Take the pencil out when the drywall is finally dry. Once the backing is secured in its place, you can fill the hole.

Like you would with most other problems, if you think you can’t handle it, talk with a specialist to help you or do it for you. In this case, if the crack or dent is too big, call a professional. Otherwise you might create more small holes or you could a bigger hole.

Nature isn’t the only one to blame for the cracks and bumps that show up on your walls. Nature is an important cause of these cracks, but they also show you that you need to start taking care of your walls. You should repair the dents and cracks as soon as they show up, and do it professionally. Make sure you don’t make everything worse, so if you think you can’t handle it, talk with a specialist to do it for you. Don’t postpone the repairs, so the cracks don’t have a chance to expand.

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