Patching Walls Like a Pro
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Patching Walls Like a Pro

Let home improvement mentor Steve Maxwell show you how to complete repairs on simple drywall issues before painting.
4.7 (24 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,216 students enrolled
Created by Steve Maxwell
Last updated 3/2015
English
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  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Choose the essential tools and supplies for a drywall patching kit
Patch those pesky and annoying nail and screw holes in three quick steps
Fix drywall screw and nail pops at least as well as any professional drywaller
Understand the difference between drywall compound, wall spackle and setting-type wall compounds
Patch holes as big around as a walnut using nothing more than two hand tools, setting-type compound, spackle and a sanding sponge
Repair damaged areas larger than a walnut using strips of wood as backing supports.
Apply critical fine-tuning steps to patched areas before repainting
Choose proper masking tape for different applications
Apply special painters tapes like this so you get super-crisp painted results just like a pro
Use painter’s tape while caulking to virtually guarantee perfectly crisp results around bathtubs, windows, doors and anywhere else
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Requirements
  • The only thing you need to get started is a willingness to become a more self-reliant homeowner
Description

Patching drywall and masking walls lays the essential groundwork for any good interior paint job, and doing this work yourself is an excellent way to save money. Veteran home improvement instructor Steve Maxwell shows you how to make success easy.

Patching and wall prep skills aren't just for people who do their own painting. Are you planning to hire a professional painter? Prepping walls properly beforehand is still worthwhile because it saves the painter time and hassle, and this means you save money.

Wall prep is one of those things that's frustrating if you don't know the tricks, but easy when you understand the basics. That's where this course comes in. Steve shows you exactly how to achieve professional-grade wall prep and masking results, even if you've never done it before.

After taking Steve's course you'll know how to:

  • Choose essential tools and supplies for assembling your own wall patching kit
  • Patch pesky and annoying nail and screw holes in three quick steps
  • Fix drywall screw pops at least as well as any professional drywaller
  • Understand drywall compound, wall spackle and setting-type wall compounds
  • Patch holes using two hand tools, compound, spackle and a sanding sponge
  • Repair damaged areas larger than a walnut using strips of wood as backing supports.
  • Apply critical fine-tuning steps to patched areas before repainting
  • Choose proper masking tape for different applications
  • Apply painter's tapes so you get super-crisp painted results just like a pro
  • Use painter's tape to create neat caulking around bathtubs, windows – anywhere
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to fix nail holes, screw pops and larger holes in drywall.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 38:32
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Start Here
1 Lecture 02:46

In this introductory lecture, veteran home improvement instructor Steve Maxwell outlines the drywall patching and drywall repair skills he'll be teaching, when they can be used, and the types of drywall flaws you'll be able to repair when you're finished the course.

Preview 02:46
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Assembling Your Drywall Patching Toolkit
1 Lecture 05:21

Steve shows the four essential drywall repair tools you'll need and how to select them:

  • utility knife
  • drywall knife
  • sanding sponges
  • repair compound
Preview 05:21

Test Your Drywall Repair Toolkit Knowledge
4 questions
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Patching Drywall
4 Lectures 20:12

Old nail holes are the most common kind of drywall damage, and fixing them is the easiest type of repair. Watch and see how success depends on dimpling the surface before filling.

Preview 06:35

Screw pops (also called nail pops) are a common problem in new homes as wet framing lumber dries and shrinks. Fixing them involves removing all the old compound, replacing with fresh, then sanding.

Fixing Drywall Screw Pops
05:15

Repairing larger holes involves the use of setting compound applied as a foundation layer. Another essential trick is trimming away frazzled paper from the edge of the damage zone.

Repairing Drywall Holes as Big as a Walnut
04:46

Big holes need some kind of backing before the application of setting type compound. Installing it in strips is the best way to make this happen.

Repairing Holes Bigger Than a Walnut
03:36

Test Your Drywall Repair Knowledge
5 questions
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Spot Painting, Masking and Neat Caulking Trick
3 Lectures 09:27

If you've got some left over paint, there's no need to repaint an entire wall after patching. Here's how to use a mini roller to cover patched zones.

Spot Painting Patched Zones
02:47

Regular masking tape doesn't usually create crisp painted lines. Painter's tape works much better, but only if it's applied right.

Pre-Paint Masking
05:07

Masking tape is the best way to create perfectly neat caulking joints. It works indoors and outside, and speeds results, too.

Neater Caulking With Masking Tape
01:33

Check Your Spot Painting and Masking Knowledge
4 questions
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A Few Final Tips
1 Lecture 00:46
A Few Final Tips
00:46
About the Instructor
Steve Maxwell
4.7 Average rating
24 Reviews
1,216 Students
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Learn Hands-On How-To Living Skills With Steve

Steve Maxwell is a homebuilder, carpenter, cabinetmaker and how-to instructor with 30 years experience. His articles appear in Mother Earth News, Cottage Life, Canadian Contractor, Canadian Homes and Cottages, Ontario Home Builder, and numerous syndicated newspapers. Steve works from the stone and timber home he built himself on the Manitoulin Island homestead he shares with his wife and five kids.