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How to Get Your Walls Smooth

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Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

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Prepping Your Walls for a Paint Job

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Readying Your Room For Painting

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3 Problem Door Solutions

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Toilet Tweaks That Save Money

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Basic Toilet Repair

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DIY Squeaky Floor Fix

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Simple Splatter Fixes

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Tricks To Tape Trim

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Caulking Gaps For Smooth Seams

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Keeping Home And Self Paint Free

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Neat Painting Prep

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Taping Trim For Clean Lines

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Prepping Woodwork For Paint

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Picture Perfect Walls For Painting

 Readying The Walls and Floors

Readying The Walls and Floors

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Perfect Painting Prep

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Painting Over Existing Wall Coverings

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Varnished Trim Painting Tricks

 Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

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Painting Clean Corners On Textured Walls

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Tackling Tough Painting

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Priming Bare Wood For Easy Painting

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Simplify Color Change With Primer

Priming Glossy or Non-Porous Surfaces

Priming Glossy or Non-Porous Surfaces

Priming Fresh Drywall and Wall Repairs

Priming Fresh Drywall and Wall Repairs

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Using Primer To Undo Stains

Paint Perfectly With Primer

Paint Perfectly With Primer

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Painting an Exterior Steel Door

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Painting a Raised Panel Interior Door

Painting a Flush Interior Door

Painting a Flush Interior Door

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Prepping a Door to Paint

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Top Door Painting Tricks

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Painting Walls Using a Roller

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Painting Walls - Edging with a Brush

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Painting Walls - Masking Tape

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Painting Walls - Prep Tips

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Painting Walls - Equipment

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Painting Walls - Beyond the Basics

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3 Quick Fixes for a Door That Won’t Stay Closed

Cut a Door The Goof-Proof Way

Cut a Door The Goof-Proof Way

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

Five-Minute Door Fixes

Five-Minute Door Fixes

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Fixing Stair Squeaks

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

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Toilet Repair - Replacing the Flush Lever and Flapper

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Toilet Repair - Replacing the Supply Line and Shutoff Valve

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Toilet Repair

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

How to Get Your Walls Smooth

How to Get Your Walls Smooth

Attic Ventilation Tips

Attic Ventilation Tips

How To Choose Roof Shingles

How To Choose Roof Shingles

Common Roofing Problems

Common Roofing Problems

Choosing Roof Shingle Style & Color

Choosing Roof Shingle Style & Color

How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

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Power Tool Maintenance

How To Clean Your Gutters

How To Clean Your Gutters

Choosing A Deck Stain

Choosing A Deck Stain

How To Prep A Deck For Resurfacing

How To Prep A Deck For Resurfacing

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How To Resurface A Deck

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How To Stain A Deck

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Fixing Wall Cracks

Ken Collier, editor at the Family Handyman Magazine, shows you how to deal with one of the most common problems with walls: A crack that appears over a door or a window due to the gradual settling of the house over time.

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Ken Collier: Hello! My name is Ken Collier and I am an Editor at the Family Handyman Magazine, the leading brand for do-it-yourselfers. Before you paint, it's important to get your walls as smooth as you can. In this video, I am going to show you how to deal with one of the most common problems with walls, a crack that appears over a door or a window due to the gradual settling of the house over time.

The first thing I am going to do is I am going to mask off the woodwork above the door. Then I am going to use a screwdriver, a utility knife, even an old fashioned church key to open up the crack. The idea is to get down to sound drywall on both sides of the crack.

Our next step is to clean out the crack and remove the dust from the area. I am going to use a damp cloth, but you could use a brush or a vacuum cleaner. When the area is clean, we are going to apply a self adhesive fiber glass mesh tape. This will reinforce the joint and help prevent future cracks. With our tape in place, we are going to apply a thin coat of drywall joint compound, filling the crack and the cavities in the tape. I am feathering it out on both sides by applying pressure to the outside corner of the knife.

Well, it feels like our first coat is dry and we are ready to apply a second coat. First, I will scrape off any bumps or ridges that are left behind. Now I will apply a second coat of joint compound. Well, our second coat feels pretty dry and now it's time to apply our third and final coat.

On the last coat, you want to be sure to feather it out away from the joint, so your patch is undetectable underneath your final coat of paint. Our third coat is nice and dry now. So I am going to scrape it, sand it and prime it. Take off the ridges and bumps first. Now you can sand with a simple wooden block faced with 100 or 120 grit sandpaper or use a special drywall sanding mesh with attached handle. You will be more comfortable if you are doing lots of repairs.

Now a tip, I am going to take my sanding screen off the holder and fold it so that I can get into the crack at the ceiling and at the door frame. There we go, our patch is sanded. I am going to dust that off and it is ready to prime.

Using a primer is one of the key steps in any wall repair and the reason is, if you paint right over the fresh little patch, the paint is likely to have a slightly different gloss where the patch is which can be very noticeable in bright sunlight. This is a problem called flashing. To avoid it, you should prime thoroughly any patches that you make in the wall.

There, our primer is on and when the primer is dry we are ready to apply our wall paint for a successful repair of a crack in drywall.