Sunday, April 7, 2013

How to Repair Barbell Wallboard Damage

Mud knife 6 inch
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Circulating fan
Electrical 500 watt work light
Joint compound
Wall knifes (6 inch and 12 inch)

Mrs. Skissors called me to her home in Grand Terrace, California and she needed some basic wall repair. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, the population of Grand Terrace was 12,040 at the 2010 census. The city is situated between two mountain ridges, Blue Mountain to the east, and La Loma Hills to the west.

This post shows the six steps to repairing a damaged wall from an exercise weight bar bells. 

Step 1: Mrs. Skissors had 4-sons who are all into weight lifting and preparing for the the 2013 Arnold Weightlifting Championships. While lifting heavy weight using the barbell Olympic hex bar. Fig.1 shows the hex bar fell against the wall, dinging into the sides of the wall. Fig.2 shows the dent in the wall was so deep that it went past the wallboard, and to the exterior wall. On the other side was a brick wall that did not need repair.
Fig.1 Bike damage
Fig.2 Bike damage
Step 2: Fig.3 through fig.5 shows the use of a 12-inch mud knife to apply the mud to the wall. Fig.5 shows that the first two coat of joint compound has been applied to the wall.
Fig.3 Mud knife 12-inch
Fig.4 Top view
Fig.5 Front view
Step 3: Fig.6 shows an 12-inch mud knife used to smooth the joint compound on the wall. Joint compound needs time to dry. 
Fig.6 Twelve inch knife
Step 4: Fig.7 shows that after a few hours the third coat of joint compound was applied to the wall. Notice a little crack in the middle, this is normal because the mud is drying from the inside out. The final coat of joint compound will smooth out the wall.

Fig.7 First patch
Step 5: Fig.8 shows that the next day the final coat of joint compound was applied with an 12-inch mud knife.
Fig.8 Final coat
Step 6: Fig.9 shows the final step of this job is to apply a 500-watt heat lamp to help dry the wall in combination with a circulating fan. Mrs. Skissors could not wait for the wall to dry, she had her painters apply the texture and paint the wall. My equipment was picked up the next day and this job was finished. 
Fig.9 500-watt heat lamp

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