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Old 05-18-2020, 07:03 AM   #1
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Hi - I am a novice at drywall repair. Checking to see if a repair is likely to be beyond my skill level.

This is in a pretty visible spot on a stairwell. I don't have access from the back side. I've marked the location of studs with tape.

I don't think I want to remove all of this and get into the corner bead to replace it all. Others have suggested that I could remove a small section - enough to slide some wood strips behind / reinforce across the large cracks; replace the section I removed; enlarge the larger cracks a bit; tape and mud. I would probably plan to try caulk on the spider cracks that extend far out from the main section.

Or - is this a case where finding a guy who does this and wants a small side job would be a better bet?

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Are you sure that's drywall? Those crisp lines resemble cracks in plaster.
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What caused the damage from the back side of the wall?
If you don't have access what caused that damage?
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Those aren't cracks in drywall, they're cracks in joint compound. (I'm assuming the walls have drywall, not plaster.) This is fairly easy to fix. Just rip that cracked joint compound out and put in more joint compound. You can use a taping knife or probably even just your fingers to pull that off.
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The walls are drywall. The opposite side is no longer accessible because I fixed that side. Cause is indeterminate, but I strongly suspect teenage foot.

I was intimidated by this side, it's in a much more visible location. I probably should have paid more attention to this side before I closed it up.

I haven't tried to remove the damaged part. I will try to pick at it, hopefully it is just damaged joint compound. It would be a relief if it's something that could be fixed without tape / mud / patch.
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The walls are drywall. The opposite side is no longer accessible because I fixed that side. Cause is indeterminate, but I strongly suspect teenage foot.

I was intimidated by this side, it's in a much more visible location. I probably should have paid more attention to this side before I closed it up.

I haven't tried to remove the damaged part. I will try to pick at it, hopefully it is just damaged joint compound. It would be a relief if it's something that could be fixed without tape / mud / patch.
There are experienced people here to help you take it step by step.
Working thru intimidation is what DIY is all about.
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I am skeptical of screwing it down and taping. It might work but it is more work that it is probably worth. Also much harder to finish and look right.



I would cut it out staying 6-8" from the ceiling, hang new mud and tape. There will be cleaner lines for the finishing that way. The 6-8" is so you don't have to tape ceiling to wall as that would require the whole ceiling be painted.


edit: and after doing that kick the kid that did it.
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"Others have suggested that I could remove a small section - enough to slide some wood strips behind / reinforce across the large cracks; replace the section I removed; enlarge the larger cracks a bit; tape and mud. " This is also what I would do. If it still doesn't work, then that's the time to hire somebody who could fix it.
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