Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bedroom Wall Repair

Fig.1 This is the back of
 a shower assembly
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Cordless drill with Phillip tip
Fiberglass wall tape 
Orange Peel spray texture
1x2 wood pieces 18-inch long 
Roller cover and frame 
Sheetrock screws 
Sponge and wet rags 
Square metal
Utility knife blade 
Wallboard also named gypsum board  
Wall knives 10-inch wide (large scrapers) 
White latex primer
 
When John Truman noticed that the bedroom wall was covered with mold he called a plumber thinking it was a simple fix. The plumber replaced the leaking shower assembly but would not repair the wall damage. John and I met met each other at our local The Home Depot® hardware store. He was checking the prices on gypsum board, and he told me his problem.

This post shows the fifteen steps to replace and repair the plumber's wall damage. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the back of a shower assembly.
Step 2: Identify the problem? The work the plumber had done was still fresh but inside the wall the area was dry.
Step 3: Repair the hole: Cut up a 1x2x6 piece of wood into two 18-inch pieces and place them on both sides of the brass shower assembly. 
Step 4: Fig.2 and fig.3 shows the pieces are held together by a sheet rock screw 1-3/4 inch Long, driven through the existing wallboard. Place one screw above and below the wood pieces this will become the backing for the new piece of wallboard.
Fig.2 Apply backing
Fig.3 Cordless drill
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the use a metal square to measure the sheetrock.
Fig.4 Yellow square
Step 6: Next use a utility knife blade to cut to piece of wallboard and placed the board in the existing hole.
Step 7: Fig.5 the piece was cut and installed, 4-sheetrock screws were screwed into the new wallboard and into the 1x2 wood supports.
Fig.5 Drywall
Step 8: Next pre-mixed mud was placed over the edges of the new wallboard.
Step 9: After the first coat of mud over the new edges of the wall board apply fiberglass tape around the entire square of the new wall board.
Step 10: Fig.6 shows the final coat over the fiberglass tape. It was applied to the wall to give the wall strength. A thick layer of mud was applied over the tape.
Fig.6 Final coat
Step 11: After the wall was dried, and using a wet rag which removed the edges of the dried mud on the wall. Wet sanding is used in areas were the dust might prove to be harmful to the clients. Wet sanding stopped the mud dust from going all over the bedroom. 
Step 12:  After the wall dried apply orange peel texture was applied to the wall.
Step 13: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows a sponge was used to remove the large mud nubs to flatten them like the surrounding wall texture.
Fig.7 Sponge
Fig.8 Sponge
Step 14: Now the wall looked like when finished, normal wall texture.
Step 15: Fig.9 shows that after the texture had dried, one coat of latex primer needed to be applied to the wall area. Now that the job is done, John plans on re-painting his entire bedroom.
Fig.9 Latex primer



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