Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Repair Wall Hit By an Oldsmobile - Part 1 of 2 - The setup

Wallboard nails outward
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
Drywall Screws 
Drywall square
Duplex plug
Electrical cords
Joint compound
Paper tape
Sheet rock screws
Tarps (this one is gray)
Utility knife
Wall board (drywall) 1/2 inch 
Wall knives
Wood Planer

George Baker is a used car salesman who live in Chino Hills, California and lives in a studio cottage overlooking a golf course overrun by flying golf balls. George is a tinkerer and he touches everything he believe that he can repair. He did mention that his mother-in-law had pulled up to far from the driveway and had just touched the bedroom wall. He had pushed the wall back in with 1x4 lumber to prevent the drywall from falling into the room. When Mrs. Baker arrived home she demanded that he repaired the damage correctly. Mrs. Baker had removed the wood support when I arrived but large 16D nails were on the bedroom walls.

This post shows the six steps on how to repair the damaged wall studs and apply the new drywall to the bedroom.  

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the bedroom studs were wet and had been pushed inward by the car. The wood wall studs were over 1/2 an inch over the bottom plate (sole plate). The studs needed to be replaced but George was against that so another method was used to correct the problem. 
Fig.1 Damages
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the damaged wall board was removed along with the baseboards. Notice on the right side over 1/2 inch of the wall board was removed, to provide support for the new wall board to be installed. Fig.3 shows a side view of the damaged bedroom wall.
Fig.2 Damaged wallboard removed

Fig.3 Side view
Step 3: Fig.4 shows the live electrical metal box that was completely removed from the Oldsmobile hitting the wall. It might have been removed by George thinking that he could repair it.
Fig.4 Electrical box
Step 4: Fig.5 shows a wood planer was used to remove off half an inch of wood so the wallboard would align correctly with the rest of the wall and not cause a bump. 
Fig.5 Wood planner
Step 5: Fig.6 shows the wall board was replaced except around the electrical box. The metal box was re-install to the stud using sheet rock screws. The electrical wires were removed from the box and replaced after the box was installed. The duplex plug was replaced because each plug was damaged. Below the utility knife is cutting the wallboard for the perfect fit.
Fig.6 Electrical duplex

Step 6: Fig.7 shows the final view of the wallboard around the electrical plug. The joint compound combined with paper tape (below) had to be applied to the wall. Fig.8 shows the a second layer was floated using the wall knives (below) and these knives (large scrapers) molded the joint compound to make the wall flat.
Drywall paper tape
Fig.7 Duplex wall is flat
Fig.8 Wall Knives 
(large scrapers)
How To Repair a Wall Hit By an Oldsmobile:

  • Part 1 of 2 - The setup
  • Part 2 of 2 - The Finish

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