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n2somuch

12:58PM | 08/28/04
Member Since: 08/27/04
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Hello, my husband and I bought a 30yr old house last year and noticed that behind the toilet the paint was bubbled up. After further inspection we noticed that there must have been a large water leak at one time because the drywall is rotten and falling apart, the paint was keeping it together! The area is about 3ft wide x 3ft high. What can WE do without calling a contractor? Thank you, Linda

k2

05:44PM | 08/28/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi Linda,

With a 3x3' area you're talking about just a few bucks worth of drywall. Yes you can do it yourself--but there is definitely a learning curve with this stuff.

I'd make sure that the drywall is the only thing damaged (no water damage to joists, floor, etc).

You'll probably need to pull the toilet--which is intimidating the first time you do it (hopefully there's another bathroom in the house!).

drywall can be cut away and a patch of the proper size put in. drywall needs something to attach to! So you'll want to expand your cut area to the "next stud over." Cut with a razor knife. I cut vertically down the middle of the stud--so you have room to attach new drywall and existing good drywall.

Texturing is kind of an art form--especially matching existing texture. Very few DIYers can do it perfectly. But you can do pretty good with aerosol texture cans.

Is this making sense? You'll probably have questions. Please post a reply....and good luck!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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n2somuch

06:14PM | 08/28/04
Member Since: 08/27/04
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Thanks so much for the info!!! What do we do if the boards behind the drywall got wet too? Call in a contractor then? Also, what type of putty do we use to seal between the new ond the old drywall? Thanks again!! Linda

k2

08:13PM | 08/29/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello Linda,

Sorry it's taking me a while to respond....I have a weekend job that wears me out; plus, my computer is 'acting up' so everything is more difficult than it needs to be :)

As for the "Boards" behind drywall getting wet too: Hmmmm, I think we need more info here. The "boards" behind drywall are typically 2x4s, which are framing members and could very well be structural.

As for "wet"....it depends. If they are rotten and falling apart, it could well be contractor time. Rot can be a problem if you're talking long-term water damage in an area. If it just gets wet once or twice, it probably isn't a big deal.

I'm curious about these 'boards.' Again, please post a reply.

As for "putty," you generally use drywall "mud"--which comes in buckets (premixed). Everybody calls it "mud" but it's called "joint compound" on the bucket. DON'T THIN IT!--it is premixed to the proper consistency--even if it seems a bit thick at first.

Using the mud takes some practice. It takes 3 times, generally. It's best to fill low areas and build from there (too much sanding isn't a good idea). You use paper joint tape along with mud. You'll want to post your progress; we will help you through this. I think drywall repair is a good skill for the average handy homeowner. Again, don't expect a pro-quality job--but the price is right and you do get better at it with practice.

So please keep us posted; what are you finding, re these "boards"?

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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