Two months ago my husband and I had new carpeting installed in our living room and stairs. The carpet that we chose was a low pile, long wearing carpet, and we ran into problems when the installers laid the carpet on the stairs in a cap style instead of a waterfall style.
When the carpet layers were finished with the job I was shocked to see two stairs withwide gaps between the sheetrock and the back of the steps. The sheetrock didn’t come far enough over! 30 years ago the sheetrock installers didn’t do a very good job of cutting out around the stair steps, and we now had 1/2″gaps to fill at the back of two stairs.
A contractor looked at the situation and recommended we try to fill the holes with sheetrock mud called Hot Mud, but unfortunately we could not find this particular brand of fast drying sheetrock mud. Instead I purchased a package of Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch, another brand of fast drying mud and a narrow putty knife.
Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch is easy to use. The package contained just one sheet that measured six inches square, and consisted of a metal grid that could be bent or molded into shape. In order to apply the Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch, I first had to sand the edges of my wall with sandpaper to make them smooth enough that the adhesive side would stick to my wall. Of course after sanding I wiped the wall clean with a dry cloth to remove any sheetrock dust.
If you are repairing a hole inyour wall, you would center the patch over your hole and press it against your wall until it sticks. I felt the adhesive on this patch wasn’t sticky enough, and I had to actually use drywall mud along with it to get it to stick to my wall, and that is the next step in the process. Cover with a joint compound, sand smooth, then paint.
In our situation, we needed to spray the wall with a spackle to match the exisiting orange peel texture of our wall, and then we were ready to paint.
The package states that the Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch is made of 100% fiberglass, and that it can be applied easily for “superior application”. It claims the patch can be used to repair not only drywall, but plaster, wood and most other materials. The package also states that it is made from non-rusting aluminum.
The job I needed to repair wasn’t easy. Since the holes in our wall was on the stair steps I had to place painters tape on my steps so I didn’t get any drywall compound on the new carpet. Using the Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch took a little work, but the results were actually quite impressive. The patch is thin, but I could tell the wall was raised where it was applied, so I had to smooth the drywall compound out over the surrounding wall to hide the difference in texture.
If it weren’t for a product like Wall Span Self-Adhesive Drywall Patch, I don’t think I would have been able to repair the gaps in our wall. There was nothing to attach mud to in order to fill the hole, so the patch worked very nicely, and when was all said and done you could hardly tell there was a patch in our wall.