Repairing Your Plasterboard

Plasterboard is made up of gypsum sandwiched in the middle of two layers of thick lining paper. Plasterboard normally comes with one brown wall and one ivory wall, but this can vary by plasterboard suppliers. This is a common solution for a less expensive wall, and it keeps down the transmission of sound from one side to the other. This article will walk you through a few different ways you can address problems in your plasterboard.

Small Dents

If you have a small dent in your plasterboard, you can use spackle on the dent. Let the spackle dry, and then you can sand over the spackled area so that the area with spackle is even with the rest of the wall. If the spackle is a different color from the paint or if it stands out, then you can paint over the area to blend it better.

Popped Nail Heads

A popped nail head is when the nail fails to hold the parts of the plasterboard together. It backs out of its space, causing a hole or interruption in your plasterboard. You will need a plasterboard screw. Place it a small space above the popped nail so that the plasterboard will be properly attached. Make sure that the screw is even or farther in than the level of plasterboard. You can take out the popped nail or drive it in with a hammer. Cover the area with spackle. After the spackle has dried, you can sand over the space and paint if necessary.

Large Holes

If you have a large hole, you will not simply be able to sand over the space. You will need to create a plasterboard patch. You can sometimes purchase these patches from plasterboard suppliers or small pieces of extra plasterboard that can serve as patches. Cut the plasterboard into a size that is a little bigger than the hole. Trace the size of the patch onto the wall, making sure that the hole is completely covered. Now, you will cut in the wall along the lines you traced. Make sure that there are no electrical wires in your way before you start clipping.

Attach a small thin strip of wood on either side of the hole, with the edge of the wood being inside the wall. Place the piece of drywall in the hole and screw it to the small pieces of wood. You can use joint tape to make the connection even stronger. Last, you will use spackle to cover the space before sanding it down and painting it.