Saturday, February 28, 2015

How to Repair a Ceiling Hole

Fig.1 Bad lamp
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Drywall 1/2 inch 6 in. in circular pattern
Drywall knives 6 inch
Mud pan
Fig.2 Ceiling hole
Razor knife or drywall saw
Tarp grey
Texture Orange-peel

The home owner hired some electricians to add more light into the kitchen. They needed access to the attic and one of them fell on an existing lamp pushing it through the ceiling. They finished the kitchen job but refused to repair the hallway damage. This is a simple job were the light was removed and the ceiling was repaired.

This post shows the six steps to repair a ceiling hole. 

Step 1: Fig.1 and fig.2 shows the hole in the ceiling that needs to be repaired. A partial layer of sheet rock was applied but was not flushed with the ceiling.
Step 2: Fig.3 shows that a tarp was placed over the rugged floor to prevent joint compound and drywall dust from damaging the floor. 
Fig.3 Tarp the floor
Step 3: Fig.4 shows the hole had some wires that needed to be cut and an existing metal light that needed to be removed. New sheetrock needed to be applied. Fig.5 shows a razor knife to cut the wallboard. Fig.6 shows the ceiling knife that was used to apply joint compound on the ceiling. Fig.7 shows the paper tape that was applied around the ceiling hole.
Fig.4 Fill the hole
Fig.5 Sheetrock sharp razor knife
Fig.6 Drywall knife
Fig.7 Paper tape
Step 4: After the hole is filled and joint compound was applied around the area. The joint compound was sanded and made smooth. Fig.8 shows the spot on the ceiling drying. Now all that is needed is to have the texture applied to the ceiling.
Fig.8 Ceiling repaired and drying
Step 5: Fig.9 and fig.10 shows the texture has been applied to the ceiling with spray texture.
Fig.9 Spray texture

Fig.10 Couple layers of texture
Step 6: Fig.11 shows the ceiling is finished and the final coat of texture has been applied.

Fig.11 Texture finished

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