Drywall Repair

How to handle and use
drywall repair compound.

Premixed Repair

Drywall Repair Compound

Drywall Repair Compound.
premixed drywall repair compound

Drywall Premixed

Premixed drywall compound
is a good choice for the
beginners first drywall repair.

The product is premixed and
only requires a gentle
stirring before use.

Do not stir vigorously as
this will introduce bubbles
into the mixture, after the
compound dries, tiny holes
will be present where the
bubbles were.

This compound can be used
to repair cracks and holes
in drywall, plaster and
gypsum wallboard.

This compound is specifically
designed to conceal and
reinforce joints in drywall.

It is best to use it with
reinforcing tape such as
fiberglass adhesive mesh
The compound product is
used to repair cracks and
holes as well.

Drywall Compound
Hawk Instructions

Work with a drywall compound
hawk, it reduces the effort.
The hawk holds the drywall
repair compound, it provides
a place to access and deposit
excess compound, and it
provides a place to clean
off your trowel, and deposit
grit laden compound to the
side of the board.

It saves you many steps, back
and forth to the compound

Home Made Hawk

Build your own drywall
compound hawk.

For small repair jobs a 6
inch by 6 inch drywall
compound hawk will do
the job.

Use 1/4 inch plywood, 6
inches by 6 inches.

Painted plywood is best
as it can be washed off

Make a handle from 1 inch
by 1 inch wood stock, cut it
to 2 and 1/2 inches in length.
Center it in the plywood
and nail or screws in place
from the top.

drywall hawk
drywall hawk
drywall  hawk
The first picture shows drywall
compound hawk loaded with
drywall repair compound.

The second picture shows the
correct way to remove drywall
compound off the hawk.

Place the trowel into the
compound at a 30 degree
angle and draw it towards

Pick up just enough drywall
compound to work with.

The compound is picked up
on the bottom side of the

Don't worry, if the compound
is the right consistency, it will
not drop off.

The third pictures shows how
to clean off the trowel, each
time before re-loading.

Scrape the trowel at an angle,
downward along the edge
of the drywall hawk, and
deposit unused compound,
back onto the board.

Each time you go to load,
clean off both sides of the
trowel, before re-loading.

If you have picked up some
lumps, or loose pieces off the
wall while applying compound,
clean off the trowel on the far
edge of the drywall hawk.

This material to be discarded
You do not want to add
lumps to the re-loaded
fresh compound on the hawk.

Sanding Drywall

Use a common disposable
dust mask when sanding.

Sand the dried drywall
compound with medium
80-grit sandpaper to
remove the material faster,
use very little pressure.

Finish on the final coat of
compound with a 100-120
grit sandpaper.

Sanding helps texture the
dried drywall compound
to match the texture of
the existing wallboard

An alternative to sanding
small areas, is to use a
damp sponge, or cloth,
which provides a dust free
method of removing
material, the area will be
left smoother than sanding.

After sanding, prime the area
with undercoat primer paint.
Drywall primer helps the patch
area to look normal, reducing
the too smooth look.

The wall is ready for painting.

Tools Cleanup Tips

When cleaning up your tools,
don't wash a lot of drywall
compound down the drain,
compound can clog up your

First wipe down the drywall
tools with wet paper towel
to remove most of the
compound, then finish up
under the water tap.

Dry the tools to prevent
rust from forming.

Clean up any spilled
drywall compound on the
floor while wet.

Scoop up what you can
and finish cleaning up
with a damp cloth.

Drywall Dust
Cleanup Tips

Drywall dust creates a real
mess that can be tracked
all over the place.

The dust is so fine it
floats all over the room.

The best way to deal with
dust, is to trap as much
as possible as you are

Place a drop sheet on the
floor below the area you are
sanding, then gently sand.
When the sanding is
completed, carefully wrap
up the drop sheet, take
it out side, and give it
a good shake.

Use a damp cloth to wipe up
any small bits left around
the room.

Finish up with a vacuum

A regular vacuum will tolerate
a bit of drywall dust, a large
amount of drywall dust will
destroy your household
vacuum cleaner. The dust
plugs up the bag and
prevents air from cooling
the motor, which will cause
the vacuum motor to overheat.

If the vacuum cleaner uses a
disposable bag, or vacuum
cup, when the job is
completed, replace with a
new bag or clean cup.

A wet dry vacuum is best
to use to clean up drywall

Popped Nails, Screws
in Drywall

Popped nails/screws occur
anytime there is a space
between the stud in the wall
and the drywall.

Studs which are not dried
properly before installing,
causes nails or screws to
pop as the wood dries.

To repair this problem,
drive the popped nails or
screws below the level
of the drywall. Place
another nail or screw
above and below the
popped nail and tightened

Finish up with drywall
compound, sand and

Water Damaged

Extreme water damaged
drywall (drywall) cannot
be repaired because the
outside paper it bonds with
the interior material
which has swelled and
Any strength of the drywall
is gone, the only solution
is to remove the water
damaged drywall and
replace with a new

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