Saturday, January 10, 2015

How to Use Wall Frog What are they and How to use them!

Fig.1 Frog Outline
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Carpentry pencil
Cordless Screwdriver with Phillip -head tip
Drywall piece
Drywall saw
Drywall screws
Drywall T-Square 
Drywall fiberglass tape or paper tape
Dust mask
Mud knife
Mud Pan 
Joint compound
Sander by-hand
Sanding screens
Texture spray
Utility knife
Wet-sand sponge or Sanding screens

Wall-board wall frogs (also called Drywall repair clips®, Insta-back®)

If you ever had to repair a small wall damage than wall frog are for you. If you have to replace large piece of drywall and there was no wood or metal stud near by than the solution is wall frog.

This post shows the eighteen steps to simple install wall frogs and make repair the easiest ever.

Step 1Fig.1 shows the frog that can be painted with crayons. Click above right on the frog outline to see more outline that can be shared with the entire family.
Step 2Fig.2 shows drywall knives that are used to float the joint compound on a damaged wall.
Fig.2 Drywall knives
Step 3: Fig.3 shows that a purchase at The Home Depot will accomplish the material supply listed above. All of Wall-board Tools can be purchased at The Home Depot. 
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the Wal-Board Tools - Drywall Repair Clips® also called wall frogs. These clips will work on both 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch wallboard.
Fig.4 Drywall  
repair clips®
Step 5: Next, purchase all the supplies for the job needed, see list above. 
The Home Depot Drywall area will have the following supplies that will be needed. Ask any Associate in Building / Construction area and they will gladly help you choose the supplies for this job.

Tools: One of the most important tools is the Drywall T-Square
. The drywall T-square is heat-treated aluminum construction and aircraft alloy steel rivets for strength and durability. This is the best tool because not only does it help you cut the exact piece of drywall it is strong enough hold for cutting 4-foot wide pieces. The information was obtained from The Home Depot Internet site.

Step 6: Fig.5 and fig.6 are examples of damaged holes in walls. 
Fig.5 Wall scraped
Fig.6 Hole
Step 7: Use a carpenter pencil, use the pencil to draw the square around the damaged hole in the wall. Any pencil will do, but carpenter pencil are flat and can lay a fat line to help cut the wall.
Tip: Do not use a #3 pencil the tip is to hard and the line left can barely seen.
Step 8: Fig.7 shows a yellow framing square for the pencil mark to follow. 
Fig.7 Framing square
Step 9: Fig.8 shows the drywall Saw that will be used to cut a square pattern in your wall. As you cut the wall, feel with the other hand in the wall and try not to cut any electrical wires. Work the blade away from the wire if you have some, try to cut a straight line. If it is not possible because of the electrical wire increase the size of the square.
Fig.8 Drywall saw
Step 10: Now remove 4-clips from the packaging. The clip has arms place the clip over the cut wallboard. 

Step 11: Fig.9 shows the wall frog has been attached to the wall. The sheetrock screw is attached to the drywall and the clip.
Fig.9 Wall Frog
Step 12: Fig.10 shows a square piece of drywall to place over the hole. This picture also shows one bracket and drywall screw has been inserted into the wall below right before placing the new drywall piece in place. Presently all the wall frogs are in place waiting for the new drywall piece to be applied. Later wall tape, joint compound and texture will be applied to the wall. Fig.11 shows that after the drywall piece is placed into the wall, the only step left is to wiggle the leg back and forth until it falls off.
Fig.10 Replacement drywall
Fig.11 Left corner
Step 13: Fig.12 shows the drywall paper tape that will be used on this job. Fig.13 shows what drywall fiberglass tape looks like. Fiberglass tape has built in adhesive to secure itself to the wall. The tape is used to re-enforce the new drywall patch.  
Fig.12 Drywall paper tape

Fig.13 Fiberglass tape
Step 14: Fig.14 shows the joint compound that will be placed over the drywall tape. Fig.15 shows  a 5-gal container of joint compound that will be placed on the wall seam before the drywall paper tape is applied. 
Fig.14 Joint compound
Fig.15 - 5-gallon joint compound
Step 15: Fig.16 shows the three types of drywall knifes (look like scrapers) that will be used to apply the joint compound over the drywall tape on the wall. Fig.17 shows that this is the correct knife to get a smooth patch over the tape. No need to overwork it because the patch will need several more coats of joint compound between application to be flushed with the wall.
Fig.16 Drywall knives

Fig.17 Middle wall knife
Step 16: Fig.18 shows the application of the paper drywall tape.
Fig.18 Drywall tape
Step 17: Fig.19 and fig.20 shows that after several layer has been placed on the wall the area needs to be sanded. Instead of sanding the joint compound with black sanding paper, or sanding screens, use a sanding sponge. Sanding sponge is designed for sanding wallboard joint compound. This sponge is dustless sanding, just rinse and reuse. Yellow side cleans and smooths, and white side is used for more aggressive sanding.
Fig.19 Sanding sponge
Note: The information about sanding sponge was obtained from The Home Depot Internet site.

Step 18Once the wall is smooth then it's time to apply texture. Texture comes in two possible patterns; Knock Down or Orange peel. Look at your wall and if you have any flat areas then the wall is Knock-down. Fig.21 shows Orange peel texture. If the wall resemble an orange peel than its Orange peel texture.  

Note: Check out my site on how to apply orange peel texture.
Fig.21 Orange
Peel Texture
Now that you have seen how wall frogs are used in wall damage repair, consider using them for all your wall damages. Almost all the large warehouse stores carry them and these clips can also be purchase in bulk on the Internet.

Note: Fig.9 and Fig.11 shows pictures taken of drywall repair clips® located at Ganahl Lumber. Ganahl Lumber had a demonstration of the use of these drywall repair clips®. 

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