Home ownership can be an adventure. Recently, a plumber left me a little
"gift" while replacing my water heater, so I faced a challenge I'd never faced before.

It was time to take off the gloves, to pick up the spackle, to transform into...Dr. Drywall.

I considered using the nickname Señor Spackle,
but it didn't quite have the same ring to it.

 

My plumber seemed to take
immense pleasure in using
his saw on my drywall.
Something about bringing
my water heater up to code.
Yeah, right.

Well, this was the hole he left.
I called for quotes on
the repair, and one was
"more than $200."
Time to learn a new
home improvement skill.


First step involved
"going to the Home Depot."
My tab was $23.
How did I know what supplies
to purchase? I have no idea.

When I got home, I
proceeded to install these
little items called
"Insta-Backers."
Anything with "Insta"
in the name has to
be good, right?

Using the "Insta-Backers"
gave me a chance to use
my cordless drill.
The best thing about cordless
drills is that if you don't
charge the battery often,
they kind of die.
So, I then got a chance
to use my corded drill!

These backers are
used to keep the
new piece of drywall
from falling through
the hole and into
where all the roaches live.

Once the backers were in,
it was time to ask, "WWDD?"
or "What Would Dad Do?"
To be honest, I had no
idea what Dad would do,
but I ventured a guess
and cut a piece of paper
that was the approximate
size of the hole to use
as a guide in the drywall
patch cutting process.

To my delight and dismay,
my makeshift guide
actually worked, giving me
a patch that fit the hole
just about perfectly.

Before this project, I didn't
know they sold small
pieces of drywall (about
2' x 2'). This saved a
lot of cost and waste.

Next, I put the patch
into the P.H. (plumber hole)
and taped it into place
with a mesh that reminded
me of pictures of the
mesh used in my recent
hernia surgery.
Same general concept, I guess.
I wonder who had this idea
first, doctors or plumbers.

It was finally time for
the spackling!
I think every man likes to
spackle. At least I've never
heard one say he didn't like
it. I think I did a pretty
good job given my
"not really caring" how
the whole thing turned out.
It was looking good already!
I suspect there are
many people with former
holes in their garage walls
that look just like this.
Just the spackle.
But that's not the way
Dr. Drywall rolls.
After the spackle dried,
it was time to re-create
the "texture" of the
surrounding wall.
Luckily, they make
a product intended to
do just that.
The company that makes it
is called Homax.
Heh-heh.
I would say that doing
the drywall texture
was the most difficult part
of this undertaking.
Aside from the "complaining
to everyone who would
listen that I was having
to repair my drywall," that is.
Complaining can take a lot
out of a person.

After a terrifying few
minutes of making sure
the texture was just right,
I let it dry and moved
onto the final step in
my project,
the painting.

The painting of the
repaired area was
especially grueling.
All the standing.
All the "opening of the
paint can."
All the "moving of the brush."

Yes, I had looked into the
face of perspiration,
and the potential
of having
dried paint on my hands,
and I had laughed.
For the most part.

It's very satisfying to take
on a challenge like this
drywall repair project.
It's a little like overturning
the government of a third
world country
or rescuing a cute puppy
from its "owners."

From here on out,
you can call me Dr. Drywall.
And let's just hope they have
malpractice insurance
for this kind of thing.

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