How To Repair Drywall Holes

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Easily patch drywall holes by following these steps

When you own a home, little accidents are going to happen. Drywall is often the target of these accidents, with little dings and dents adding up over time. Doors get opened too quickly, furniture gets moved around, and toys get thrown. There are endless ways our walls can get damaged, so let’s talk about how to repair drywall. In this article we’ll share some tips to help you with small drywall repair jobs. If you’ve got bigger drywall holes, or need sections totally replaced, you’ll probably need a professional handyman service to get the job done right. If that is the case, fill out our Estimate Form and we’d be glad to help you with your project.

Before you get started, you’ll need to grab tools and supplies to make this process easier. Here are some things that will come in handy:

  • Drywall compound or spackling – You can find this at most hardware stores
  • Putty knife – I prefer to use a 4” wide putty knife for most small holes
  • Utility knife – Great for cutting loose drywall paper or trimming edges before using compound
  • Sanding block or paper – I prefer to use 100 grit when sanding down drywall compound
  • Paint – Drywall compound will need a primer and finish coat
  • Rags – Can be used to wipe off wall before applying compound or clean up after repair

Prep The Drywall Hole

Take your utility knife and trim any drywall paper remaining from around the damaged hole. Next, take your sanding block and level any surrounding abrasions in the drywall. Wipe off the area with a rag and move on to the next step.

Fill the Drywall Hole

Take your 4” putty knife and apply drywall compound to the hole. When applying the compound, move the putty knife in a cross shape pattern across the hole. This will level out the compound within the hole. Remove any excess compound from around the hole and wait for compound to dry. Once the first coat has dried it should shrink down slightly. This can leave a small depression where the hole was, so cover with a second coat of compound. Once your second coat has dried, take you sanding block and lightly sand the hole, making it level with the surrounding wall. 

Paint the Drywall

With your newly patched drywall dry, grab some primer paint and cover the fresh compound. Paint the former hole and a small area surrounding the hole to help with color blending. Once primer is dry it’s time for the finish coat. When applying finish, feather the paint as you move away from the hole to increase smoothness. To feather paint, use a small brush and concentrate your brush stroke near the center of the hole. As your paint away from the hole, use less pressure and blend new paint into the old. When done correctly, this can make a hole appear as if it never happened.

Once you’ve finished painting, your drywall should be good to go. This process can work for most small holes, but anything larger than a quarter should be patched or replaced. When it comes time to fix bigger holes, the process becomes more complicated. If you’ve got drywall repair needs, fill out our estimate form and we’ll be glad to help.

Choosing The Best Flooring

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How to select the best floor for your home

If you’re remodeling your house or simply want to freshen up the home you’re in, new flooring is a great way to accomplish that. With so many types of flooring, picking the right one can prove challenging. We’ve compiled a list of various flooring types to help you weigh the benefits and potential problems of each. When you’re ready to get new floors installed, we’d love to help. We offer a full line of flooring installation services that can fit any project.

Carpet Flooring

We’re not talking about that light-green, shag carpet your aunt had in her basement; unless you’re into that sort of thing. Modern carpet is comfortable, easy to clean, and durable. When choosing which carpet will be the best fit for your room, consider things like foot traffic, stain-resistance, and density of fibers. If you’ve got a high traffic area, buying a higher grade, denser carpet will help it stand up to wear and tear over time. If you’re looking for stain-resistance, consider getting carpet made from nylon or other synthetic fibers. Along with a large variety of colors and materials, carpet is also one of the cheaper flooring options available. 

Hardwood Flooring

If you want a beautiful floor with a warm, natural appearance, hardwood is a great choice. Hardwood floors are tough, but can also be sanded or refinished when damage occurs. Hardwood can last for decades when properly maintained. The cost associated with using hardwood can be higher because it requires a subfloor and periodic refinishing. If you choose to go with hardwood, there are a variety of material and stain choices. White oak is a popular material because it is durable and accepts stain well. Popular stain choices are dark, honey, grey, and white-washed. Darker floors are rich and beautiful, but show scratches and pet hair; while lighter floors can brighten up a room, but will show dirt and debris. 

Engineered hardwood is also an option for homeowners. This prefinished product is less expensive than hardwood, and doesn’t require a subfloor. Engineered hardwood can be easily installed and even refinished, but is less durable than hardwood. 

Laminate Flooring

This ultra-tough, multi-layered flooring option is a great choice for smaller budgets. Laminate flooring is cheap, comes ready to install, and can even be installed on pre-existing floors. Modern laminate comes in a variety of finishes; ranging from a lighter stone appearance, to dark, rich wood. Laminate is durable and easy to clean, but can’t be refinished and is susceptible to moisture. Because of its durability and affordability, laminate flooring is a popular choice for families with children and pets.

Tile Flooring

Tile floors have been used for thousands of years because of their versatility and durability. Although manufacturing methods have changed, most modern tiles are still made from ceramic and stone. Because of its versatility, tile can be finished to look like stone or even wood. Tile is incredibly durable, but installation is challenging and cleaning grout lines is not easy. Darker tiles will show less dirt and debris, but lighter tiles will make a room appear brighter. We offer tile installation services that will make sure the job is done right the first time.

Hopefully this is enough to get you started on your next flooring project. We’ve covered the basics here, but there are many more factors to consider when choosing the right flooring for your home. With years of flooring experience, we can help you choose and install the perfect floor for your project. Fill out our job estimate form to get started!