Drywall Repair Kits are available at most home improvement centers, and make repair jobs much easier. These kits offer you pieces that are cut to fit around standard electrical openings and to fill in small holes.

Step 1

Repair Oversanded Drywall

A common DIY mistake is trying too hard to smooth a drywall joint. If you sand too vigorously, you can actually remove part of the paper face, and this will need to be repaired.

If you have sanded through the joint compound and the paper face of the drywall, you will need to repair it (Image 1).

Apply new joint compound if damage is extensive (Image 2).

After the compound is dry, sand the area with fine-grit sandpaper (Image 3).

Step 2

Remove Drywall Wall Pops

Common in newer homes, drywall pops are nails that have moved from under the surface of the drywall and popped through the finish. Screws are less likely to create pops.

Over time, nails may pop through wall surfaces (Image 1).

Carefully chip away any material that is not flush with the wall or ceiling surface (Image 2).

Drive screws into the surface of the drywall to securely attach it. Finish the surface with joint compound, and sand when dry (Image 3).

Step 3

Fix Overcuts

Cutting out electrical boxes may seem fairly straightforward, but overcuts can occur. If you are replacing an electrical box, and the drywall hole is too large for the new box, you can follow these same directions.

If you have overcut a drywall hole (Image 1), you will need to fill in the hole before finishing.

The first step is to measure a piece of mesh tape to fit over the hole (Image 2).

Using a knife, trim the mesh tape to the appropriate length (Image 3).

Apply joint compound to the mesh tape. The joint compound should fill all of the holes in the tape (Image 4).

Cover the area completely with the joint compound (Image 5). Let dry.

Apply a second coat to the area and feather into the wall. Let dry and sand smooth (Image 6).

Step 4

Repair Bubbled Tape

Bubbled tape appears when the tape has not been completely embedded into the joint compound or the bond has been unsuccessful. The tape becomes loose and a bubble appears on the wall.

Drywall tape can pull away from the wall, creating a bubble along the surface of the wall (Image 1).

To repair a bubble, carefully cut out the affected area with a utility knife (Image 2).

Retape and apply joint compound to the surface (Image 3). Allow it to dry and then apply a second coat. Sand smooth.