Drywall ceilings are used in many small manufactured homes. It offers more durability than normal ones and is less prone to any kind of damages. Drywall ceilings can be repaired in case of any damages, which a viable option for replacing the entire ceiling with a fresh one. However, the repair process of drywall ceilings is different than used for normal ceiling materials. The process of repair can be carried out by oneself using kits that are specially made for ceiling patches and is relatively a simple and fast process. Below are the steps in patching a drywall ceiling in new manufactured homes.
- The first step in the patching up of drywall ceilings is to carry out measurements of a square that extends to the outermost point of the damage in every direction.
- After that is done, carefully cut out a rectangle or square shape from the ceiling using a drywall saw. This will help in removing the damaged portions of the drywall. Smooth out any of the rough and protruding edges of the new square hole by using a utility knife.
- Cut out a square patch for using it as a sheet of the ceiling drywall via the same measurements. Place it in the hole to find out if it fits well and removes any of the rough spots and edges that prevent it from fitting in perfectly.
- Use two wooden cleats for supporting the patch, and secure it inside the ceiling. Insert one of the cleats in the hole in a way that half portion of it is behind the drywall and the other portion is visible through the hole. After this is done properly affix the cleat by using two drywall screws into the drywall.
- Firmly press into the cutout hole and affix it using wooden cleats. After this is done, apply a thin layer of drywall compound over the cracks between the patch and ceiling using a utility knife. While doing so, make sure to apply the compound over the screw holes for properly filling them.
- Cut out about four pieces of drywall tape for fixing over the filled joints in precise measurements so that it does not overlap one another. Use a knife for effectively smoothening out the tape on the joints.
- Apply a layer of drywall compound over the square and allow it to dry. Repeat this process with thicker coating and smooth it out using a knife. Carry out light sanding before and after the application of the final coat of compound.