How to Repair a Ceiling
Once the texture on a popcorn ceiling is scraped away, there is bound to be some damage to the ceiling. Learn how to repair a damaged ceiling with these easy steps.
First, locate the existing framing that supported the old electrical box. This will be the mounting point for the filler piece of wood to which the drywall patch will be secured. Measure the depth and diameter of the existing hole to determine size of filler piece.
Cut a piece of scrap wood that is 1/2" thinner than the opening to allow for the thickness of drywall. You'll also want to cut the piece a little smaller than the opening. Use screws (or adhesive) to attach the scrap piece of wood to the framing piece.
Next, cut a piece of drywall a little smaller than the existing circle. Screw the drywall patch to the scrap wood filler piece.
Fill the gaps with a coat of drywall compound. Allow the compound to dry, then sand lightly. Finish off with a second coat of compound, followed by primer and paint.
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