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Repair A Small Crack In Drywall

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

A great tip from from Real Simple! These are great tips to replace a small crack in drywall. It takes 30 minutes of active work, plus 25 minutes of drying time. You’ll need a Spackle ($3.50 from Home Depot), a putty knife ($6 also from Home Depot), a fan or hair dryer, fine-grit sandpaper, interior latex primer, a small paintbrush or roller, and paint- ideally left over from when you painted the room.

First, scoop enough Spackle on the putty knife to cover the crack. Spread it over the flaw completely. Do not scrape away the excess. Then, aim a fan at the spot or blast it with a hair dryer set on low for 10 to 15 minutes to expedite drying.

As soon as it dries, sand the surface lightly with sandpaper until the patch is smooth and flush with the wall.

To disguise your handiwork, apply a thin coat of primer using a small brush or roller. Run the fan or hair dryer for three minutes to promote faster drying. Apply two coats of matching wall paint. Use the fan or dryer for two to three minutes after each coat.

Voila! Wasn’t that easy?