Learn how to install, tape and sand drywall yourself with these projects and professional tips.

Drywall Repair: How to Fix Cracks

The only way to fix a recurring drywall crack around a door or window is to bridge the crack with a fresh sheet of drywall. The fix takes a few days, but it will finally make the problem go away.

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  • Tips for Better Drywall Taping

    Whether you're finishing a basement, repairing a damaged wall, or hanging drywall in a new house, these taping tips will help you make…

  • Wet-Sanding Drywall

    Drywall is a better material than MDF (medium density fiberboard) for walls because its joints are less likely to crack. Wet sand to avoid dust.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Cut Drywall

    The Family Handyman editor, Mark Petersen, will show you how to cut drywall perfectly straight for a perfect fit every time. The better the…

  • How to Cut Drywall for an Opening

    This article will show you how to cut clean, accurate holes in drywall for electrical boxes and lights. And without making a mess. Follow this…

  • How to Repair a Drywall Crack

    Eventually even the best-built houses develop a few cracks due to settling, usually around doors and windows. Learn how to fix them the right…

  • How to Install Drywall

    A good drywall job starts with solid backing and properly driven fasteners. Learn how pros make their finished drywall look smooth and straight.

  • Drywall Taping Tips

    Follow these 12 pro drywall-taping tips to improve your skills, speed up the job and result in smoother walls. They include mixing, knife…

  • How to Hang Drywall Like a Pro

    Installing drywall is not rocket science, but it will go faster and look better if you learn the fundamentals before you start (instead of after…

  • How to Patch Drywall

    Fix damaged walls with these DIY repairs you can do. Don't melt down if a doorknob, misguided chair or an impromptu hockey game knocks a big…

  • How to Sand Drywall

    After you've hung and taped drywall, follow these steps to sand it perfectly smooth. We'll show you techniques the pros use to get sanding done…

  • Drywall Sanding Tips and Techniques

    In this article, we'll show you how to avoid common sanding mistakes and offer several tips for getting the best results from your drywall…