Drywall repairs are a necessary skill for any handyman these days and we’d say that we do at least one drywall repair every month. Could yours be the next?
It’s rare for us to get a job that is just a drywall repair. Usually it is part of a painting job or something grouped in with a bunch of other repairs. lets show you why…
A drywall repair 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. It takes much more time preparing for the job, cleaning up, and starting and stopping between each step than the actual working time involved. And then there’s the actual 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 bunch of furniture, it’s going to take a lot more time to prep the room than if you are just patching a door knob hole in the wall.
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 repairs. However, there is also a significant amount of un-chargeable drying time to be allowed for in this. So, if we’re able to work on other stuff in between, that would be a bonus as we can give you much better value. And needless to say, we do try to do this whenever we can.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you have the right paint that matches the job in hand. When matching the paint, it often makes sense to paint the entire wall that the hole was on. Otherwise you could see the slight variations in colour or sheen on the finished product.
Dry wall repairs can include repairing punctures in a wall, patching uneven plaster, re-taping failed joints, sometimes re-boarding a whole room and even addressing cracks. The fitting or repairing of cornices, covings and plaster mouldings to walls and ceilings can also be included in this mix.