How to Fix Drywall in a Bathroom or Any Other Room (Step-by-Step) — by Home Repair Tutor

How to Fix Drywall in a Bathroom or Any Other Room (Step-by-Step)  — by Home Repair Tutor


Oh boy! So today I’m going to show you how
to patch drywall, specifically a drywall ceiling like this one here because a few weeks ago
I had a pinhole leak, which I fixed, and I made that video tutorial. But for today, we’re
going to show you how to patch drywall quickly and easily. And in the end, so in the end,
we’re going to have an awesome surprise for you so don’t miss out on that. Let’s
dive into the tutorial right now. So this is my kitchen ceiling after the pinhole
leak repair. The first thing that you want to do is measure the thickness of your drywall.
So on the right side of the joist, I have 5/8”. On the left-hand side I have ½”.
This created a little bit of a problem for me down the road, which I’ll explain a bit
later. But get the thickness of your drywall. Then if you have a light in the ceiling, make
sure you turn the electricity off to it. Take a picture of the electrical configuration
before you undo it from the junction box. Remove it from the junction box, and cap all
the lines. And then stuff those lines back up into the ceiling.
You want to measure the widest part of the opening in your drywall and also the length
of the drywall piece that you’re going to need. Now I like to write this down because
I always forget the dimensions. So I write it down on a piece of paper. Fortunately,
I had an extra piece of purple board from another project. I just use my drywall square
to mar out the dimensions and cut it to size. So you can just use a utility knife to do
this. Very easy to do. It’s like only going to take you a few minutes.
Then what you’ll do is place that piece of drywall on your ceiling and trace the outline
of it using a marker. The reason why you’re going to do this is it gives you a clear guide
for cutting out that drywall. I just used a standard drywall knife. I tried to suck
up all the dust using a Shop-Vac. Now you can also score the drywall with a utility
knife and then cut it out using that same drywall saw.
Now you want to remove any of the screws or the nails using your hammer. Dry fit the piece
of drywall up into the ceiling. Now in my case it had to get some extra framing. I needed
to cut that to size because you definitely want to support your piece of drywall. So
I had to cut some framing to size for that. So this just came in the mail. This is Milwaukee’s
brand new M18 Fuel Impact Driver. It’s also One Key enabled. What does that mean, and
why should you care? Well you should care because now you can adjust the power on your
impact driver. So there are settings 1, 2, 3, and 4 on here. And you can use your smartphone
to set the speed for each setting. So you can customize this M18 One Key enabled impact
driver, and that is awesome. You need to download the Milwaukee One Key
tool app. By the way, you can also create a tool inventory for all the One Key tools.
And you want to set the modes on the app. So in this case, I’ve created Mode 1 for
screwdriver mode. I made the RPMs about 480 RPMs, and I labeled it screwdriver mode. And
then Mode 4, I maxed out the Beast Mode, which is for like drilling through cement, and so
on and so forth. Now what is nice is you just set it and forget it. You set these modes,
and then you’re done. So what I like about impact drivers these
days is the fact that you can actually get drill bits for them and drill through wood.
So I set Mode 3 for drilling through the framing that I’m going to be putting up in the ceiling.
So for Mode 3, I set that for my drill bits. And then Mode 4 I used—as you can see it
was powerful, my camera fell over. But Mode 4, I used that to drill the 3” deck screws
through those 2x2s. So I did that up in the ceiling for extra support of my drywall.
Then I marked the location of the framing—so the joists and the extra framing—with a
marker. Now I’m going to be using a special dimple bit with the Fuel Driver to drive through
four 1 ¼” drywall screws at the corners of my piece of drywall. The reason why I’m
doing that is it’s so much easier having predrilled screws in your piece of drywall
when you’re hoisting it above your head. That way you can just simply drill the screws
through the drywall into the framing and have it there so you can put the rest of the screws
in place. I put additional screws in every 12”.
So what I’m doing here is lining up the location of the recessed hole in my piece
of drywall with the other recess lights in my ceiling. Now I found this really cool adjustable
hole cutter at Depot, and I bought it because I needed to cut a recessed hole in my ceiling.
And the reason why I got it is it’s adjustable, and it comes with a pilot bit, which I really
like. And I have a 4” recess light up in my ceiling. So I set the setting to 4” , but
you can also set it for 6” recess lights or whatever recessed size hole that you need
in the ceiling. And that’s why I like this little tool. It also comes with that plastic
container so that when you’re drilling the hole in your drywall, it catches all of the
dust. And that’s nice, especially if you’re working in a place whereby you don’t want
to get dust all over the floor, like in the kitchen. So as you can see here, it worked
really, really well. The next step is to apply your tape to the
transition between the old drywall and the new drywall. I’m using mesh tape because
the paper tape will bubble up a little bit with the texture that’s on my existing kitchen
ceiling. Then I’m using Easy Sand 5. I mix that up
to about a milkshake consistency. I’m using Easy Sand 5 because I want this to set up
relatively quickly so I can put multiple coats on my ceiling in one day. So as you can see
here, I put on a thin layer of the Easy Sand 5 over the mesh tape and the existing drywall
screws in the new drywall. Now I’m going to be using Easy Sand 20 after
the 5 sets up. So after Easy Sand 5 sets up, I’m embedding Easy Sand 20 in the purple
board. I had to actually build that up a little bit so that it can meet up with the transition
of the different size pieces of drywall in my ceiling. Like I said I had ½” on one
side of that joist and 5/8” on the other side that created a little bit of a problem
for me later on in this video, which I will share with you. But anyhow, I’m using Easy
Sand 20 because it sets up in 20-30 minutes, depending on the temperature and the humidity.
This is how I built up all four side of the purple board. It’s a little bit of an arch,
and I’m not perfect. I’m definitely not a professional drywaller, but I do my best.
So I did this for all four sides of the purple board using a 10” knife.
Now after each successive coating of joint compound, make sure you clean you knives and
that they’re super clean as well as your pan. You want to knock down any high spots
using your knife. Now I’m going to be using a 12” joint compound knife to fill in that
purple board even more. Try to pay particular attention to the transitions, and try to make
them as even as possible. It’s definitely a challenge because of the existing texture
on my ceiling. But you can do this proves just like I did here. You can probably do
a better job than me if you pay close attention to those transition points. Now like I said,
you can do this for all four sides. And then you can smooth out the transition using a
damp sponge. I’m just using actually a grout sponge here to do that.
What I’m doing next is mixing up Easy Sand 90. You don’t want to whip it up too much
to create air bubbles. You want to do this nice and steadily. Create a consistency such
that when you use a texture brush like this one, it gives you the texture that you want.
So I like having a test piece of drywall and then applying that texture brush to the drywall
until I get the consistency that I want or that matches up with the texture that’s
on the ceiling. Now you can stamp this by hand, or you can put a pole in the end of
that texture brush and stamp your ceiling like I did here.
Now you have to prime the joint compound. And one of the best primers is Kilz. I’m
using a ½” nap roller because of the type of texture that I have on the ceiling. I’m
cutting in first around all the cabinetry. Then I’m going to roll on my primer, and
I’m going to paint over that with flat paint. As you can see here, you can still see a bit
of the imperfection in the ceiling. I’m okay with that. I’ll live with it. But if
you’re really paying attention to the detail, you won’t have the same mistake that I have.
It’s not perfect, but again, I’ll live with it.
So that’s how you patch drywall. Now here’s the surprise. We’re going to be giving away
one of these bad boys right here, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel One Key ¼” Impact Driver. It’s
a mouthful, but it is awesome. It’s now my new favorite impact driver. You’re going
to get this, two batteries, a charger, and a hard case. So how do you enter into the
giveaway? Well over here on YouTube down in the comments, tell me why you want this and
how it can help you with your own home improvement project. It’s really that simple. And I’m
going to choose one random winner by next week, before the next video comes out over
here on my YouTube channel. So you got one week to enter into this giveaway, and then
it goes away. This is a great reason to subscribe to my YouTube. If you missed out on the giveaway,
if you’re watching this in the future, or subscribe to the Home Repair Tutor newsletter
over on HomeRepairTutor.com. So that is it for today. I will see you next
week because a brand new video comes out every single Tuesday, 7am Eastern Standard Time
because we’re here in Pittsburgh. That’s it for today. I’ll see you in the comments.
Take care. Talk to you soon. I have drywall dust all over me. It’s in
my hair, in my beard, on my shirt. Oh my gosh, the joys of working with drywall on your house,
right?

100 thoughts on “How to Fix Drywall in a Bathroom or Any Other Room (Step-by-Step) — by Home Repair Tutor

  1. I really like the power tool. It looks like it'll save a lot of time and money on projects. If I win I will make a cool video and post it showing how I used it in a project. Thanks! Hope I win.

  2. Great video Jeff! As for my desire for this impact driver? Well, mainly because I don't have one, and using my cordless drill to drive screws is a royal pain! It just doesn't do well on long, tough applications.

  3. Just got married and bought our first house. I'm trying to get handy and need proper tools for the job for this… also need to impress my wife. 🙂 thanks

  4. I really love these videos. damn if I waste more time watching things that I do not need to fix just to see how easy you make them out to be. cant wait for the next installment. and here is my entry for the drill. TY for the info.

  5. I would love to have the impact wrench because during the next month or so I am renovating the bathroom and kitchen in my new house, the bathroom at my mom's house, and having to tear down and rebuild a pool for my girlfriend. This could come in real handy. Plus, I'm from Pittsburgh too, has to score some points right??

  6. I would love this impact driver, as my son keeps borrowing my old Black & Decker! Last time he said it was just about dead.

  7. I've done a lot of repairs and made it labor intensive or made a crappy repair. Your video is so simple and makes all the sense in the world. Now if can just find a place to put it to work. Thanks much RDK

  8. On the 18th of April, I got the the keys to our first house! My wife has already begun a list for me and have yet to move in. So my journey to a DIYer begins and a process I want to enjoy with my 13 year old son. Thanks for the videos! I'm learning a lot!

  9. That impact driver would help me with so many things around my house. I have a lot of drywall holes that need patching (3teenage boys), kitchen & bathroom cabinets, roof repair, door hinges, ceiling fan and blinds just to start with. Thanks for the opportunity, & keep up the great videos!

  10. Idk if the contest is over but I would want this just to show my dad how cool these tools have upgraded, and let him have it !!!

  11. I've been considering a Milwaukee fuel as replacements for my aging Makitas that are not doing the job anymore….. Great video! Been looking for a video for ceiling repair as my house is settling into middle-age-dom and is in need of some patch work!!

  12. I'd love the impact driver to continue all of my home renovations! More projects than I can shake a stick at!

  13. Good video. I need that driver because two of mine just got stolen!I got work coming up, as well as fixing my own home, which is where my money went.Now can't afford a drill. I just love Milwaukee tools! One of the best. Dependable tools.Plus, I got some great hand tools stolen. Please, please! Consider me.

  14. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your knowledge! I would love to be considered for you Drill and Inpact driver kit with charger set you are giving away for so many reasons: To start, I am a recently single mom with 3 girls, twin tween girls age 13 and a 19 year old. My oldest daughter and I just replaced the ceiling fans last month and felt a great deal of accomplishment since this was the first project we have completed without their dad looking over and cheking our work! Since we seperated, the tools we had left with him, and we have a drywall project coming up, that this kit could really be usedul for as well as many more projects. I live in the same home I grew up in that my parent built over 37 years ago, that has so many updates needed, that if I win this, it would be going to a home that would get MUCH USE from having! (we even have the original carpet, wallpaper, and pink formica cabinets ) I have completed do it yourself home projects before and my girls are at the ages were they are wanting to help me more with the house and have been watching all the do it yourself videos, So all thee more reason to want to stock up and expand my " basic pink toolbox kit " my girls got me at Walmart for $15.00 when we changed out the ceiling fans. In closing, I would love to build up my tools and continue have my girls be more hand on with our projects, without having to alway rely on a "male" for all household diy repairs or updats are consern. If we dont win, I still know I will receive a wonderful gift, watching my girls confidence grow, through knowledge gained through these videos like yours, and after every new project they complete, They can feel a sense of accomplishment and pride to be able to say "we did this all by ourself"

  15. hey Jeff nice video I will love to have that tool cuz I love to improve my home projects and is something I love to try I think I will ending buying one anyway lol good video hope you keep doing this !!!

  16. I do need that drill. only have an electric one and it's a pain working over your head or somewhere you don't have any electricity at

  17. Hi Jeff, I so need this new tool as I don't have one and need it to repair my drywall for the first time. Love the features it has.

  18. Gosh Jeff,… I wish I would have seen your video sooner. You made the job looked easy and a few tips that I didn't even think of. I had a water pipe leak coming from the foundation. The "plumber" cut many holes trying to find the source of the water connection then cut 5 extra giant, non-pretty square holes to stick his head in to look in the ceilings if he can reroute the new water source through the sub-flooring. Therefore, I ended up with many big ugly holes in two separate rooms in the ceiling, walls, and wall behind the kitchen sink. This is a big job to repairs… after the plumber reconnected the water source throughout the whole house. Now it just the drywall patching to do.
    Thank you for the tip on adding the extra joint support, tracing the drywall template to cut the ceiling square, and applying the mud. I just completed one room…. looks O.K. Now adding your tips to the job, I hope to get the 2nd room done a bit quicker.
    Thank you for the video.

  19. Thank you for the video. Excellent tutorial! Thank you for sharing the tips, tricks and minor imperfections too. I bought my husband an impact drill just before our project and it is a must have for this project and any DIY project. Right tool for the right job so folks go out and buy, it's worth the money (not that expensive). My hubby mounts the drywall and I tape, mud and texture. I feel more confident with my work now that I've watched your videos. Keep up the good work Jeff. Many, many thanks!

  20. this comment is for "House Handygirl" – I loved your comment, had to leave a short note. I'm a women and fix things too (and my husband loves the help!) so "HH" keep up the good work no matter the reaction from others. Keep learning and loving to fix things, saving lots of money (who doesn't love that!), you're are not afraid to ask questions and research DIY. Some men may be intimidated by your ability, but so what. Check out youTube "Remodelaholic" lots of women doing DIY, very helpful, just like Jeff's site.

  21. I half to do 2 ceilings in 2 different rooms and I have no idea what I doing but I am going to do it,by watching these videos and hopefully getting all the right tools I need this tool so bad I would love to have it.tbanks

  22. Your video answered my questions perfectly! Thanks! I am going to update my kitchen by replacing fluorescent tube light fixtures with can lights and will have to patch 6 2 x 4 holes in a dropped ceiling. BTW, it's probably too late for the drawing, but I would dearly benefit from a Milwaukee impact driver! I'm a grandma do it yourselfer!

  23. I've been out of work and living in my van for a while now. just got some really good job opportunities. this tool would be a big in for me. I'm self employed in construction/ maintenance. living on a shoestring

  24. I am a female that needs all the help I can get. I know that the right tools are the keys to completing a do it your self project.

  25. I just bought a new house and the people left me with a lot unfinished projects like finishing the cabinets,the floors,missing drywall, not counting the outside of my residence

  26. Oh man that would be awesome. I've been working on selling our house now for three months. Project after project. I even have the exact ceiling patch waiting for me in my daughters room. This video really helped.

  27. Wish I would have seen this a year ago for the give away. But very good info. I stepped through my ceiling and this video should help me repair the hole with little cost. Thanks.

  28. I had liked the video until you got to the fucking commercial in the middle wtf kind of bullshit is this. its just an impact driver. they all do the same thing. If i need an app to set my rpm your just jerking off. Nice tutorial aside from that.

  29. Thanks for the video very helpful. I would just add marking where the pipe is so that you don't drill a screw through it.

  30. because I'm trying to fix my and my mom's house by myself because we can't afford to have someone else come and do it.

  31. I could really use this impact drive as I do not have one and I am always doing patch work on drywall. It could really help me out and make patch work easier. Thanks!

  32. this vid inspired me to put the drill down and finally invest in an impact driver. Didn't get the fancy pants one but even the entry level one I got is a much better tool

  33. I'm teaching myself some great knowledge to be self sufficient and teaching my daughters some good knowledge for the further. This tool will reallly help us learn many fun projects together quick quack. Super fun gals having family fun. Thanks!!

  34. What a waste of time and energy with the smart phone/tool. Good grief.
    Will carpenters of the future just sit in their truck and play on their phones?
    When will people have no skills to do anything but play on their phones?

  35. I dont have any power tools and im fixing my grandmother house thats in really bad shape. Shes disabled so funds are low so and help i can get to help her would help alot.

  36. I could really use that drill because of the projects the wife is wanting some small and large projects done around the house. I have a couple of old drills but nothing like the one you showed on YouTube.

    Fix it man Gee

  37. do you go over with a damp sponge while the mud is still wet? I hope I see this response. wish I knew how to see when you do respond. thanks for the help great video.

  38. Excellent video! I've been putting off a leak from the second floor bathroom that is dripping down through the drywall of the ceiling below for a few months now. Planning to tear open the drywall tomorrow to see where exactly the leak is coming from. I was concerned with how to put the drywall back together, but with your video, I think I know exactly what to do!

  39. Hello that's a really good job there and I'm looking forward into a drill like that one it has cool features I actually just purchase a house and trying to do full custom renovation interior design my self I don't have house tools been researching what will b the best for the house to get a lot of work done first home that's why I actually look up ur video I learn a lot from it now looking forward to do the same to my home thanks for the tutorial it's really explanatory 👍 I got to learn to do it my self at home

  40. I would love to win the Impact Driver bc I just bought my first home and I am new to home renovation and don't have many tools. I have been using a corded drill that was handed down to me by my Grandpa and it is really not ideal. I'm a huge fan of the show. Thanks

  41. I am in the process of remodeling my Master Bathroom…using ALL of YOUR bathroom videos! I have had to borrow a driver for my project! I could REALLY use this drill to help with the remodel! PLEASE keep your instructional videos coming!! It has SAVED me a lot of time and 💵 following you and your channel!! Thanks again!

  42. I need this because I live in a 1994 mobile home. I turned 50, if I get this drill, it will be the only impactful thing in my life.

  43. I just discovered your videos. I love them! They are super helpful. I love that I can rewind whenever I need to–sometimes right in the middle of my project. I need that tool! I recently acquired a tax foreclosure property and I'm a DIYer. The tool would make drywall installs, 2×2, and 2×4 framing so much easier for me. I'm often working after 5 on this house -after work. An impact driver like this would make working easier and faster—–is something I crave for. I hope you consider me the favorite for getting that Milwaukee. Thanks for your easy to follow videos. They have given me, a girly girl the courage to just do it. Guess what? I am just doing it and it feels great to look at work that I did myself learning all the way.

  44. When I need to really get to drilling like with a hole saw or something I use a corded drill. Nothing compares to the power of a corded drill.

  45. Really helpful! I took out drop down stairs to my attic and am putting in ceiling and flooring in the attic. This is a HUGE help!

  46. In this instance it might have been better to cut the new hole for the can light last, just before priming and painting the patch. Having to mess with the hole while building up layers of mud appears to have interfered with getting the thickness correct and resulted in a visible bump in the transition from the patch to the old ceiling.

  47. REALLY ENJOYED THE VIDEO , IM A PAINTING CONTRACTOR IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THIS DRILL TO ADD TO MY DRILL SELECTION .

  48. Texture is like smooth wall, you need to flare out your patch more, I go about 3-4 feet out from the joint. Luckily in my area, texture is not popular. You can also use drywall shims or cardboard to level your board. Remember is you are a do it yourself er, its easier to do multiple thin coats than trying to get everything in few passes. As for the video, I love presentation style! Keep up the good work!

  49. Id use it to repair the drywall ceiling from a leak, build the raise garden and general maintenance around the house for sure

  50. Really appreciate how yo allowed a good ammount of time and photos to removing the old, and preparing / installing extra wood so you have something more to screw into. LOVE that you included the problem of needing a round hole for the light!! also LOVE that you suggest pre drilling the screws to save time holding the drywall above my head. Thanks!

  51. Always love your videos. Learning so much and want to start my own maintenance tech business. Tools are so expensive and this impact driver seems like it would work as a drill and driver in one. Thanks again for the great show. 😁

  52. You got my respect. I live in a condo and we had a leak in the bath tub. Easy fix. All we had to do was to screw the over fill plate tightly plumber didn't charge us anything. Our neighbor down stairs noticed his soggy dry wall and heard the water drip. Family friend took care of everything for a case of beer. After me and mom went to 'Hope-Depot' and looked like tourists in a lost world. We bought a basic drill, basic drivers and screws, duct tape, wd-40, and a ton of caulking and canned foam.

    Whoever invented spray foam has to be one psychotic sadist because I damn near spray foamed myself like the marshmellow man from Ghostbusters. It was like being a horny teenager with a computer on summer vacation again. So much fun.

  53. Good video, also I’m a Milwaukee tools fan too 😄 how about drywall patch video with smaller holes, like thermostat or recessed light replacement holes

  54. I have a grandson that makes wholes in the wall. I need to start working on my own. That would be a great starter gift giveaway. I truly need it to fix my own house need. Thank you for your help in the drywall. [email protected] is my email address

  55. I'm just getting the chance to enjoy the time of being the best carpenter the way that Home Builders Institute has taught me to be patient and eager to learning more tricks to the trade and pay attention to what is going on around you like kids watching talk it out of yours pressured by a site seeker and you'll be all right for whatever its worth so do your best job and remember that every day you're on the job there's someone who is watching you therefore your work and name takes you a long way in life

  56. Excellent tips on the whole process. If you have any more drivers to give away I'd use it to rebuild my back deck. The M12 driver is good, but the M18 you described would be faster and stronger.

  57. I am currently remodeling my very first home and this Milwaukee M-18 Driver would be awesome to have! Thank you for posting your how to videos, they have very helpful to me.

  58. You took the mystery out of how to it right. I'm not really that handy, but now I know what to look for when hiring a professional. I agree the Milwaukee drill is awesome and plan to look at more Home Repair Tutorials in future. Very well done video and the speaker is very effective , making it fun to watch.

  59. Man, you are the master of handyman , you know a lot, I watch a lot on shower remodeling of your channel, again you are very friendly man, answer questions I ask, not like Starr Tile said to me no…garbage talk. From now on I will not ask any questions from Starr Tile again. Anyway, you give away a very nice Milwaukee impact driver which I want to buy long time ago and still not have it yet because it is very expensive. Keep doing a nice work. Thanks.

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