Dry walling a home is not an easy task, but with the right tips and hints it is a job that you can do without the help of a professional. First of all, get the right tools, such as a putty knife, a tray, sandpaper, joint putty, a scraper, a hammer, paint, thinner, patches, plaster, etc. Depending on the size of the room, you may need more items.
You need the sandpaper because the first step in dry walling is to sand down the walls to remove any lumpy areas. Sand until you are down to clear white, then wipe down the walls to remove any dust and sand.
If there are any holes in the wall, you will have to fill them with plaster. Use the putty trowel and the scraper to apply joint filler; larger holes may require a patch and filler. This may have to be done in layers, letting the previous filler dry and sanding between layers.
Make sure the wall has been sanded, smoothed out and then washed down, to make sure all dust is removed. Then the wall has to be thoroughly dry before the dry walling can be done. Make sure you follow each step carefully and do not move onto the next step until you have a clean, dry, smooth wall.
Once the wall has been dry walled, you can paint. Choosing the right paint and brushes will also make this job easier. Paint all of the bases and edges before you roll the middle parts. Make sure the paint is thoroughly dry and then touch up where necessary. Make sure this is dry before you put the furniture back and hang curtains.
As you can see, this is not a difficult job, it just takes time to do it right.
If the walls in your home are really deteriorated, dry walling and painting may not be the solution. You don't want to cover up seriously damaged walls with a bit of plaster that is just outer dressing. You may have to look into more permanent solutions such as new lining and covering, etc.
But if you can do a repair, rather than entirely rebuilding a wall, a little plaster and the right tools and materials can solve your problems. But if the area is seriously rotted, you may need to consider hiring a professional to do the repair.
If you see that you are starting to have problems with the walls, do your repairs now instead of waiting until the problem becomes so bad that you do need a professional to come in. Repairs are a lot cheaper than a complete replacement.
If you apply Spackle to a worn or busted area, sand the area, and then use a scraper to remove any peeling plaster, paint of loose plaster. When the Spackle is dry, sand again and add a second coat to cover the damaged area. Once again, sand and prime the area you just patched and you are ready to paint.
Not so hard after all, was it?
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