Updated: Jul 22
So, last month was fun. I had a huge leak going outside my house
which I finally called a plumber for and it turned out to be a cracked pipe that was the vile culprit. The plumbers started with one tiny hole just to see behind the wall but then the drywall practically crumbled under her hand.
The water damage from the leak was extensive.
So after the drywall under my sink was torn apart and they found the leak, the plumbers had to bring in a new length of copper pipe, replace the old corroded one and weld it into place. $700 dollars later, the leak was fixed and there was a gaping hole under my sink.
Oh, the agony.
And we couldn’t find anyone to fix the gaping hole in the drywall! The two handymen who replied to my mother’s texts wanted $150 for it. 150 Dollars! Talk about adding insult to injury.
Now understand, I’ve done my share of home repair projects, but I have NEVER done any drywall repair beyond a small patch. This extensive of a project was new to me. But it became apparent I was going to be taking a crash course in drywall.
To the YouTube!
I spent an entire day looking up how to videos on drywall repair.
So armed, I gathered supplies and attacked.
I started by taking off the last bit of the old drywall. All the videos said that in the case of leaks to make sure to remove any and all water damaged drywall. That turned out to be more than expected.
See here just how much more of the drywall I had to remove.
It was extensive.
So I cut the big piece of drywall to size and anchored it in with drywall braces and drywall screws into the beam. I also had to cut smaller pieces into place for the uppermost parts.
I couldn’t figure out how to make those small pieces stay in place, but I followed
some advice I found online and anchored those in with some old wooden paint stirrers as backing.
It worked out pretty well. Everything was solid and stable.
Then came the next bit of trickiness; the drywall mud. I had to apply this in layers and do a light scuff sanding between each layer.
Once I’d sanded it all down and made it all nice and smooth and cleaned it up, I was tempted to leave it as is.
But my mom wanted it painted, so after the third layer, I painted it.
Gotta admit, now it looks really nice. So clean and neat its almost zen.
So that was my first foray into the world of drywall- but not my last.
Through a recent God wink, we found a much more reasonably priced plumber who came and repaired a leak in our kitchen sink. He also replaced our leaky old tub fixtures with a new single handled model and did the same for our shower. All the new parts are a vast improvement on what we had.
They look beautiful and work great.
And that first foray into the world of drywall repair turned out to be good practice for me. All the replacements I’ve just shown required the plumber to cut sizeable holes in the wall which I also had to repair.
So far so good.
As I type this I’m just finishing up the last layer of drywall mud which I will have to paint later.
All these repairs and updates were sorely needed and most of them had been a long time coming.
These repairs have been the culmination of years of prayers.
It's almost over now.
We still have a few major replacements and repairs to do, but God had provided us with an excellent plumber who knows what he's doing and is hungry for the work.
God, you provide in the weirdest ways.