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With the condition and appearance of their home, few homeowners feel content.   With a never-ending home improvement list, as you get one project done, another takes it place.  Where many of these projects can be rewarding DIY projects, others should be left to a pro.  Today, we at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc to elaborate on drywall repairs. 

DIY VS Professional Drywall Repair

Accidental force, water damage, and smoke damage are the common reasons why you may need drywall repair.  However, when they are not done well, especially after it is painted, the patch job can look unsightly.  Consider the factors below if you are thinking of doing the drywall repair yourself.  It is doubtful you house the necessary tools and equipment that are specially designed to ensure quality repairs. When taking on drywall repair, specific tools are required, and unless you have experience working with drywall you shouldn’t attempt it. 

Drywall Repair Kit

Tools for minor drywall repair and then find a place to store them, include:

  • Utility Knife 
  • Screwdrivers
  • Nail Bar
  • Level
  • Hand Sander
  • Hammer
  • Hack Saw
  • Drywall Saw
  • Drills
  • 8″ Wide Flexible Knife
  • 6″ Wide Flexible Knife
  • 3 ” Wide Flexible Knife

Additional materials to the tools and equipment:

  • Drywall Sheet
  • Drywall Nails
  • Drywall
  • Screws
  • Drywall Compound
  • Mesh
  • Paper Tape

Cost to Repair Drywall

Considering the materials and tools alone, hiring a professional is far more cost efficient than doing the job yourself.  Once you obtain the needed supplies, you will need an adequate area to store these items.  The majority of them will only take up valuable space and collect dust after the drywall repair, though a few of these tools might be useful on other projects.

Drywall Repair Taping, Mudding & Other Steps Takes Time

To perform this task, another consideration is the length of time it will take the inexperienced.  A simple drywall replacement project, from start to finish, that doesn’t include dry time, will take the greater portion of the day, maybe even more.  However, this job will be done far more quickly with a professional who has practiced drywall repair over and over again during the course of their career. 

Risk of Inhaling Drywall Dust & Lifting Heavy Drywall Sheets

When performing drywall repair, there are health risks that are involved.  A basic 1/2-inch sheet measuring 4 feet by 8 feet weighs over 50 pounds, making drywall heavier than it looks.  At the very least, manipulating awkward the heavy materials will leave with some aches and pains for those not use to the process.  Further injury can occur if you drop the heavy sheets on your toes.  Children, elderly and those with respiratory issues can be negatively impacted by the drywall dust that naturally coincides with working with it.  To minimize injury and the spread of drywall particles a professional has the knowledge.

Appearance of Drywall Repair

The drywall repair will look lumpy, uneven, and unattractive if not properly executed with patience, caress, and expertise. Smooth, level, and pristine walls are left after a professional drywall repair.

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Your time is better spent in other home improvement projects after considering the basics.  Call L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc and let our experts do the rest instead of dealing with the hassle of drywall repairs.