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Old 11-11-2013, 04:40 PM  
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Default Distressed House with Obliterated Drywalls...

Hello Folks,
I have distressed house whose interior drywall was mostly obliterated. So I was wondering if I should simply buy new drywall of the same thickness (1/2”) and grade and then cut it square and patch it, or maybe just remove the remains of the old drywall and install the whole thing anew.

Also the previous owner managed to make a see through hole perforating not only the drywall but also the exterior wall sheathing albeit the hole is not visible from the exterior wall because of the siding. I am assuming the sheathing should be osb3 or plywood. What would be the approach to patch or repair that?

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Light pass through wall



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You can patch this, but perhaps it would be to your advantage to remove it all and start over if you think the walls need insulation or new electrical outlets. See http://www.drywallinfo.com for help on taping and finishing. Looks like vandals have been in the home.



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Remove and replace the worst of it and patch small holes if the rest of the wall is good. The simple patch for small hole is cut the new peice first slightly larger than the hole hold it over the hole and draw the lines to cut out the bad stuff. Slide a peice of wood into the hole a position it and screw it in place and that will give something to screw the patch to.
The hole in the exterior wall is a bigger problem, likely he didn't install a header. Depending on whether there is a second floor or rafters land on this wall it might be serious.
Is there an upstairs? Do you want a window there? What kind of siding is out side this area? Is there a roof gutter directly above this opening?
Are the outside walls 2x4 or 2x6 framing?

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That amount of damage I would take it all off and start over. Good time as mentioned above to fix or add things in the walls.

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Remove and replace the worst of it and patch small holes if the rest of the wall is good. The simple patch for small hole is cut the new peice first slightly larger than the hole hold it over the hole and draw the lines to cut out the bad stuff. Slide a peice of wood into the hole a position it and screw it in place and that will give something to screw the patch to.
The hole in the exterior wall is a bigger problem, likely he didn't install a header. Depending on whether there is a second floor or rafters land on this wall it might be serious.
Is there an upstairs? Do you want a window there? What kind of siding is out side this area? Is there a roof gutter directly above this opening?
Are the outside walls 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
Thanks for your insights! I have patched drywall in the past (but mostly small holes). Back them I found that using a jigsaw was much faster than drywall saw, but produced too much dust all over. There is no second floor (a pic below). I can see light coming to the inside, but as far I a remember there is no visible hole on the outside sidings (I believe it is vinyl), so I believe that I has been protected by the sidings. The soffits, fascia and gutters are another big problem that I intend to tackle very soon (right now I am at different location,); basically there is no soffits, fascia cover or gutters (pic below). Sorry, but I don't know about the size of the outside walls. I do not believe that the house was exposed to the weather for a long time though (maybe 3 months). At first the soffits seemed larger than usual, but the fascia board seemed ok at first. The attic insulation probably need to be replaced.


(No soffits, fascia, or gutters present)


(house from the outset)



How bad is the prospect of recovery? Any insights are greatly appreciated!
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You can patch this, but perhaps it would be to your advantage to remove it all and start over if you think the walls need insulation or new electrical outlets. See http://www.drywallinfo.com for help on taping and finishing. Looks like vandals have been in the home.
Thanks, I will look into the link. Actually, it was not vandals; but the previous owner with a hammer who got around destroying everything. Even the toilet was put down into pieces.
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Depending on the price of the house, the building looks to be alright from what we can see. So I think it can be saved but it will be a lot of work.

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If it were mine, I would strip all the existing drywall out and have an electrician come and give it a look over. With all the damage, who knows what kind of shape the electrician service is in. Cover up a problem and you can kill someone or burn the house down.

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If it were mine, I would strip all the existing drywall out and have an electrician come and give it a look over. With all the damage, who knows what kind of shape the electrician service is in. Cover up a problem and you can kill someone or burn the house down.

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That is a good point. Apparently all the receptacles, switches and wires are intact. I don't have a problem rewiring everything to new circuit breaker switches if needed; but I really do not like to get close to the bus bar and all the wattage that it can unleash.
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So hire a pro to look over your work and do the final connections.



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