How To Fix A Crack In Drywall That Keeps Coming Back?

Before you patch, use a painter’s 5-in-1 tool to rake out the former repair materials.

Then scoop out the patch and spread it on in thin layers.

Wipe off any excess (you won’t be able to sand it down like joint compound), let the patch dry, then paint.

This story appears in the November 2015 issue of Popular Mechanics.5 Nov 2015

How do you fix a crack in the wall that keeps coming back?

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How do you repair a recurring ceiling crack?

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How do you repair a hairline crack in drywall?

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How do you fix a crack in a drywall joint?

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How do you stop drywall seams from cracking?

The best way to repair a crack in drywall is to re-tape the joint. This involves scraping away the loose tape and crumbled bits of drywall mud, sanding the surface smooth, and then filling the crack with drywall compound and applying new tape.