On a recent episode of Bravo's Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, the celebrity designer instructed his crew to rip out large sections of drywall so a custom headboard could fit up a tight stairwell. And the client was due to arrive within the hour for a final walk-through. While this scenario might sound nerve-wracking to someone without drywall repair expertise, the crew didn't break a sweat.
If you have drywall in need of repair and wonder whether or not you can DIY, consider the following:
Drywall Repair Requires Special Tools
Prepare to purchase various drywall knives: flexible knives in 3-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch widths, a knife for inside corners, and a utility knife. You also will need a hammer, screwdriver, drill, and level, which you might already have, and a drywall saw, which you likely do not. You also may need a hand sander, hacksaw, and nail bar, depending on the location of the repair. Add in the actual drywall materials: drywall, drywall compound, mesh and paper tape, and drywall nails and screws. If you hire a professional handyman to perform the repair, he will arrive with all tools and materials necessary to complete the work properly.
A Drywall Repair Project Eats Up Serious Amounts of Time
From shopping for tools and materials to researching how to do the repair to performing the actual work, you're in for a major investment of hours. Think about how much free time you have on your hands and whether or not it makes more sense to hire a professional handyman to do the job quickly and efficiently.
Drywall Repair Can Pose Health Hazards
Drywall itself weighs more than you may feel comfortable lifting and handling; a regular ½-inch sheet measuring 4 feet by 8 feet weighs more than 50 lbs. Drywall dust proves a respiratory irritant for not only you but also others in your family; it's nearly impossible to keep it from spreading throughout your home. You might want to save your back and everyone's lungs by hiring a professional handyman for the job.
Poorly Done Drywall Repair Looks Like a Lumpy Mess
Those with drywall skills will tell you it takes time and experience to achieve professional-looking repairs. If the drywall needing repair hangs in your basement, you could learn the skills while not worrying about its appearance. If you need to repair drywall in other areas of your home, consider hiring a professional handyman to have the job done correctly the first time. Keep in mind that not only must you master the skills required for repair, but also for the use of tools you might never have handled before.
Cross Other Items Off Your To-Do List
Add other needed repairs that fall outside your comfort zone to the professional handyman's work order. He can perform jobs small and large, from repairing tiles to cleaning and resealing wooden decks. Imagine having the majority of your to-do list taken care of in one visit by a professional handyman.