Drywall repairs are a necessary skill for any handyman these days…
And I’d say that I do at least one drywall repair every month. Could yours be the next?
Typically, it’s rare for me to land a job that is just an ordinary drywall repair. Usually it will be a part of a larger painting job, or something grouped in with a whole to do list of other repairs. Lets show you why…
Drywall repairs can often take little actual work in itself. However, it’s necessary to consider how much time it takes to start and stop what you’re doing, waiting for materials to dry, or driving to and from the location if you can’t finish in one visit. Which is often the case.
With drywall repairs, It generally takes much more time preparing the job, cleaning up, and starting and stopping between each step than the actual working time involved. And then there’s the finish to be considered too.
In addition to the actual steps involved, drywall repairs can vary substantially in difficulty and preparation. For example, if you are patching a crack in a ceiling above a room full of furniture, it’s going to take a lot more time to prep the room than if you are just patching a hole in the wall made by a door knob.
This is how a typical drywall hole repair would work
(not including the laying and lifting of vitally important dust sheets):
- 1 hour for preparation (cutting back), patching, and the 1st coat of plaster. Leave for plaster to dry out (typically overnight).
- 1 hour to sand and add second layer of plaster if needed. Leave for plaster to dry out.
- 1 hour to sand, prime and texture new plasterwork to match surrounding areas.
- 2 hours to paint (mandatory 2 coats).
- 1 hour to clean (including vacuuming) and tidy up the site
So, that’s a total of up to 6 possible working hours for most general drywall repairs. However, there is also a significant amount of un-chargeable drying time to be allowed for in this. So, if I’m able to work on other stuff in between, that would be a bonus for all involved as I can give you much better value. And needless to say, I do try to do this whenever I can.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you have the right paint to match the job in hand. When matching the paint, it often makes more sense to paint the entire wall that the hole was on. Otherwise you could see the slight variations in colour or sheen on the overall finished product.
Dry wall repairs can often include:
- Repairing punctures in a wall,
- Patching uneven plaster work,
- Re-taping failed joints,
- Sometimes re-boarding and jointing a whole room,
- Addressing cracks and expansion joints.
- Installing or patch repairing cornices, covings and even plaster mouldings
And a whole lot of sanding to most walls and ceilings.
Cornices? Too easy mate!
This was me being caught in the act. I was back-filling an external corner joint after installing new 7″ fibrous plaster cornices to a customer’s ceiling.
It’s not very often that the wall below it is non-existent but the walls had been removed to open the place up. It was the client’s idea to retain the internal cornices, so she needed external cornices on the outside to match.
This is one of the hardest aspects of offering a complete plastering service. But as you can plainly see, it’s not a problem for an expertly trained handyman. 🙂
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Maybe the spare room needs re-decorating. The bathroom tiles needed re-grouting. The TV needs wall-mounting. Or the kitchen needs more cupboards. And the glazing probably needs re-screening. Not to mention the myriad other repairs you'd simply prefer to just forget.
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