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How to repair your walls?

Any house can have walls that are damaged with holes or cracks caused due to door handles, or larger holes caused by accident. And, sooner or later you will feel the need to repair the walls that make your house interior walls look worn-out.

Well, repairing the walls filled with ding, cracks and scratches will give a fresh and young look to your room. Even though fixing walls may involve a lot of fuss, but it is an easy fix to maintain the value of your house

Below we have given an easy step-by step guide on how to fix your home’s walls in a hurry.

Fixing dings, dents and scuffs

Walls filled with dings, cracks and scratches are a common problem that can often occur in older houses. Tools such as a broad knife, damp sponge, GIB Plus 4, 220 grit sandpaper, GIB Trade set 20 (5kg), utility knife, mask are very helpful to restore the appearance of a home and repair any unsightly damage on the walls.

First, make sure to repair the surface around the repair to ensure adhesion between the compound and the painted area. After this, apply GIB Plus 4 to the damaged surface by using a broad knife. Now, leave the GIB Plus 4 to dry.

Once it is dry, use a minimum 220 grit sandpaper and sand the surface in one direction. And, then smoothen the surface with a damp sponge. In case, the blemishes on the walls are deeper than 3mm, it may be important to repeat the process a few times. 

Fixing small or medium holes

It is very simple to repair a small or a medium hole that is caused by door handles or old electrical switches. You will need the following tools for this - Broad knife, GIB Trade set 20, masks, sandpaper and GIB Plus 4. First mark the surface around the hole with a pencil and then, trim out the damaged surface in a good order to a rectangular hole. After this, sand the area around the repair to ensure good adhesion between the painted area and compound.

Now, cut a piece from the plasterboard that is a little longer than the hole. But make sure the piece is narrow enough to fit properly in the hole. Once you have done this, place a flat head nail (60) through its center and insert it into the hole after coating the ends with GIB Trade set. When GIB Trade set is properly set, which will take approximately 1 hour, push out the nail through the back of the patch.

Fixing the large holes

Sometimes larger holes may be caused on the walls of houses, particularly with active families. Here are some easy steps to repair larger holes in your plasterboard walls. These are the common tools that you will require - GIB Fix One, GIB Trade set 20, Sandpaper, GIB Plus 4, Broad knife, GIB Paper Tape and mask.

First cut a square piece of drywall that is slightly bigger than the hole. Hold it over the hole and trace around the edges. Use a drywall knife to cut along the lines on the wall. After this, sand the surrounding area for adhesion. Now, cut the backblock section to place it behind the existing board on the side opposite to the exposed studs. Use GIB Trade set 20 to fix backblock into the right place and leave the compound for approximately one hour to set.

When it has dried you can place the patch into the place. After this use a couple of dots of GIBFix One to the backblock and stud and fit the patch into place and allow it to set.

Use a broad knife to again use the GIB Trade set 20 of the four joints and then apply GIB paper tape into these joints. Make sure to apply it correctly so that no bubbles are formed under the surface. Leave it to set.

When the first coat of GIB Trade sets 20 is set, use a second coat and feather the edges over the joints so they get widens to about 250mm. Leave the surface untouched for about 24 hours, so that it can dry properly. Now, scrape away any rough edges and use a thin coat of GIB Plus 4 over the patched surface. This will provide you the final ‘top’ coat of plaster. Ensure to sand the surface smooth, once the top coat of plaster is set sand the area smooth. Finally, dust off the area and embellish it.

Skim coating

Skim coating is texturing technique, carried out by skilled and experienced tradesmen to smooth a rough wall surface.  However, if you feel that you have a competent level of skill, then you can skim coat the walls of your house yourself and achieve a reasonable finish.

Repairing framing

There are a number of problems like twisted studs, exposed fasteners or exposed nogs that cannot be repaired until the removal of the existing wall lining. These issues should be addressed before relining to get a good finish. To get an overall good outcome during relining job, straight clean framing is very important. For this, you may need the following tools – handsaw, mask, earmuffs, goggles, Straight edge, hammer, string line, plane.

To check if the studs are out of line or bent, use a straight edge. NowFeature Articles, you should locate any nogs that may be standing out of framing.

Note: Repairing a wall should be done under the expert GIB stoppers supervision.

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