Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Yesterday we saw how Fitz, of Clarke Basement Systems, patched the opening he made in our basement’s poured concrete floor. This opening was a necessary part of the overall FlexiSpan foundation crack repair approach to fix the crack our basement’s foundation wall which caused water leak into our basement bedroom.

With the crack in the foundation wall repaired and the opening in the floor completed, today we start to look at the techniques he used to repair the hole in the drywall.

If you recall the first part of this task he had already performed; that being applying the clear space waterproof membrane on top of the urethane sealant overlay to prevent the insulation from adhering to this still wet overlay.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

At this point he proceeded to repair the part of the horizontal wood frame he had to remove a few hours previously in order to apply the FlexiSpan crack repair system.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

As there was no mold anywhere on this piece of 2 by 4, he began by simply putting the piece of wood he had removed back into place.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

This was then followed by placing small pieced on top of the replaced piece of 2 by 4 to hold it in place.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Each of these pieces were screwed into position to both hold the replaced piece of 2 by 4 in place.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

As well, the existing vertical 2 by 4 piece of the wood frame was also screwed to these support pieces of wood so that it would remain vertical and provide the necessary support.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Next, fresh pieces of insulating bats were placed onto the exposed foundation wall within the opening. Here, Fitz is pointing out that he purposely left excess of the original vapour barrier when he made the opening in the drywall.

The purpose for this excess vapour barrier is that he would have something to use to place and adhere the replacement vapour barrier once he had finished placing the replacement insulation.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

That was a simple yet very handy approach. So once he cut and put the replacement vapour barrier into position he then used tape to hold it against the wood frame so that there would be no air spaces or gaps between the existing and vapour barrier patch.

 Starting The Drywall Hole Repair

Next was to install the replacement piece of drywall into the opening. The technique used is very useful when you do not have two vertical 2 by 4′s part of the wood frame to hold the drywall. How often does that happen? All the time, right?

To continue to the next article in this series, simply select this link to installing the drywall insert.

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