On this week’s episode of “Ask Danny,” I chatted with Lydia Crowder, aka Drywall Shorty, about patching holes, textures, and extra.
About Lydia Crowder
Lydia Crowder is a second era drywall contractor with over 20 years within the commerce. She has a contract enterprise together with her husband Ryan, and collectively they full greater than 500,000 sq. toes of drywall every year.
Lydia has taught drywall programs at MT Copeland and is a weekly contributor to The Construct Present community with Matt Risinger. She was featured on the quilt of Girls in Commerce journal in Summer time/Autumn 2021.
She has an enormous following on social media, shares drywall suggestions and methods and helps others with their drywall. You will discover it on Instagram, Fb, YouTube, and TikTok.
How do you repair free drywall tape on the ceiling?
Brief Drywall: Mainly, there are three components of drywall: the paper floor, the mud and the paper tape. Mud is like glue, so when the mud’s adhesiveness is misplaced, the paper will not stick.
This is what you want to do:
- Take off the free tape
- Redesign the whole lot
- Launch the joints
Dry Wall Texture
What do you concentrate on the canned texture?
Brief Drywall: It actually relies on how huge the patch is. If it is one thing small, typically you will get away with it. Shake it very effectively and do a patch take a look at on a chunk of used drywall earlier than you spray it on the wall. That gives you an concept of the way it works, how a lot texture is left, and whether or not your spray sample is right.
For bigger patches, it’s best to use a business device, akin to Hopper. Spray the brand new texture additional into the present texture.
Folks are inclined to maintain the patch space small as a result of they assume in the event that they get larger it is going to trigger issues. Nonetheless, it actually catches your eye if in case you have the appropriate level. The bristles are to get the whole lot to suit as finest as potential with the sponge.
What’s your most typical finish end result?
Brief Drywall: Rotating texture. We spray a skinny, runny mud, and take a pull shovel and make a determine eight on the floor for a swirling sample.
Fast Dry Mud
Do you’re employed with quick-drying drywall mud, and what do you concentrate on it?
Brief Drywall: Very. Fast-drying drywall mud is nice to begin with filling massive holes, however once you’re engaged on textures or finishes, use common sq. mud.
You probably have a big hole, akin to a doorknob working by way of a wall, you may have to fill the opening first earlier than patching it. That is the place quick-drying mud is useful. It dries very arduous and quick.
Additionally, one thing to remember: Whenever you have a look at the minutes on a drywall slurry bag that dries shortly, it refers to how a lot work time you could have earlier than it units, it has nothing to do with the hardness of the product.
Coping with Mud
What do you concentrate on sanding the vacuum cleaner?
Brief Drywall: Nothing is 100% dust-free, however once you work in an surroundings the place you want to cut back mud, it is the easiest way to maintain your mud to a minimal.
Watch out to not use too excessive a velocity and too low a grit. We like utilizing the Festool PLANEX 2 electrical sander.
You want a very good high quality bearing within the sanding head. Begin with a excessive grit — it by no means hurts to repeat it a number of instances. You are significantly better off sanding it gently than sanding it with power and inflicting extra work for your self on the again.
To cope with mud throughout a house makeover, test your HVAC system’s air filter repeatedly, and exchange it for those who discover extra mud accumulation.
What’s the easiest way to patch a doorknob gap?
Brief Drywall: It relies on what you could have entry to.
The recent patch, or California patch, is a superb repair for this. Most residence facilities promote small items of drywall, a few 2 by 2 inch sq., for this.
Nonetheless, it will not be very robust, so if it is a spot that retains getting hit, you may at all times put a strut there. Take a chunk of wooden and safe it to the drywall behind the patch so you may have assist.
You can even use snap-off restore clips. Merely tuck the clips into the sting of the broken wall, safe a brand new patch to every restore clip, then connect the tabs from the entrance. That is nice for areas with no stand because the clips create assist for you.
Shorty Drywall Ideas
- Begin in your storage. Most garages will not be completed like homes, so it is a good spot to begin practising and practising your abilities.
- Give your self the liberty to discover: strive completely different instruments and methods
- In the event you mess it up, it isn’t the top of the world. You’ll be able to at all times sand down your errors.
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