Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Necessary Repair, Finally!

Do you recall my posting about this situation nearly two months ago? Well, I've finally gotten around to the repair! As you will see it wasn't a hard job, but a task with many steps. 


I never did get the full story of how the rod was pulled out of the wall. However, when the repair was complete I did tell the kids if anything like this should happen again it would be their responsibility to figure out how to get it fixed...and pay for it! (Oh yes...aren't I such a tough mom?!)


Removing the rod and hardware left quite the gaping hole.



Luckily I had this product, Joint Compound, on hand from when I replaced the fireplace tile and mantel while working on the Family Room Design.


It goes on with a pretty pink tone...



...and turns to white when dry. These holes were deep and the compound cracked, as I anticipated it would once dry, so two applications were required.


After this layer dried the excess compound around the hole was sanded off with fine grit sandpaper.


Then the area was wiped clean with a damp cloth.



My goal was to repair the wall around the hole to look as it had before the rod came down, so I applied a spray texture, in sweeping lines around the repaired hole. 


While the texture dried the rod was reinstalled.


Fortunately the lower hole for the bolts had remained intact on both sides of the wall, but the upper ones had been ripped out with the chunks of drywall. So after the plate was attached with the lower blots, toggles were used to secure the upper section of the brackets.



Once the brackets and rod were back in place, the wall around the hardware was painted.


Finally, the last step was to snap the caps into place over the brackets. I'm so happy that you can't even see evidence of the repair!



So, all is well that ends well. But seriously, I had better not be doing this repair again anytime soon...my attitude will most certainly be far less pleasant. 

36 comments :

  1. If this was my house, the bar would still be hanging!

    Why is it that the little projects take so long to get to?!?!

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  2. One day when your kiddies are in college and come home from break, you'll be sitting around the Thanksgiving Day table and that's when you'll get the real story! Then everyone will laugh about how it happened. Reminds me of the time when I was little and a friend was swinging from the towel rack in the bathroom and it pull from the wall...two huge gaping wholes...we blamed my brother! My brother and I still talk about how he got in trouble for something he didn't do!

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  3. Well done Ms Handyman! I'd keep the joint compound near by...just in case.

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  4. No more monkey business, tee-hee. I could never tell anything happened. How about that spray texture?! It's like miracle in a can.

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  5. This totally made me feel like I have to fix mine- have the exact same issue only mine is with the towel bar- will be peaking back at this tutorial a few times I think:)

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  6. This might be the only thing my kids have yet to do, so I'll file this repair away for the day it comes! Don't you love being able to fix this kind of thing without your husband or calling a handyman? I think a lot of women even today are intimidated to do things like this around the house and I love how you explain how simple and do-able it really is.

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  7. Great job! I've actually never seen cans of texture before and it really made all the difference didn't it? :)

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  8. Nice work! I'm sure your husband appreciates having you around. Who needs a handyman when you have an inhouse superwoman!

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  9. haha... well you did a great job! Hope the kids are just as handy as you if it ever happens again! ;)

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  10. You can't tell it was ever damaged. Great fix!
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
    {Check out how I made my name 'clickable'.}

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  11. Am I the last to know about texture spray? Thanks for sharing this, I'm sure that many of us will have a similar repair to make in years to come.

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  12. So much about this cracks me up. I am impressed you had a good attitude the first time! I lived in a tiny flat in London for six months that had a similar broken rod that swooped so far down it no longer provided privacy. Wish I had this tutorial back then!

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  13. It's good as new ! Can you come patch some holes at me house ? :)

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  14. Great repair Oh, "Diva-of-Handiness".
    Better keep that joint compound around cause they'll be teenagers soon! (I'm thinking of the holes my son made using his wall as a dart board!)

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  15. Why to go fixing it yourself!!!! Appreciate the step by step! I would probably give my kids a "bill"...which would cost them.....cleaning their rooms without complaining!!! Your comment about them fixing and paying for it..sounds like me!

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  16. Wow, Janell. This impressed me almost more than all your sewing projects! But when I analyze it, I guess what impresses me about it is the same thing that impresses me about all your work: it looks perfect! But I am wondering... is the joint compound what the toggle bolts are anchored in? Wow, I didn't know joint compound was that strong! Anyway, I had to laugh when I saw that your rod is one of those kind that curves out to give more room in the shower. I thought it had actually BENT DOWN when I saw the first pictures of this "accident" months back!

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  17. I've never seen that spray texture stuff.... how handy!

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  18. you are SUCH a home repair stud. i would have totally delegated a repair like this to my hubby. it looks incredible!! a "pro" would have charged you $200+ to fix that. now that you have saved so much money, you can treat yourself to a massage or a pedicure.

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  19. You are quite the Handywoman! I have a few of these little projects to tackle from my daughters. You are inspiring me to start them now! Where is that shower curtain from?

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  20. Can I hire you for a few repairs around my house?

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  21. BRAVO! Now this is what I am talking about! Taking notes when I finally get the keys to my first home!!

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  22. We always have to use the spray texture to fix our walls too. But, I always do a coat or two of primer over the spray texture. And ESPECIALLY over patches that use joint compound. Otherwise my paint never matches up.

    Looks good!

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  23. LOL @ Hamptontoes! I'm sure the truth will come out just as you stated.

    Nice work Janell! I have a few small repairs similar to this.

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  24. Aaah...I've been wondering how to get the texture right for drywall repairs...I need to get a can stat!!

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  25. Oh, thank you for that. I was wondering how it would look after you sanded it - smooth with rough walls - then you introduced me to Spray Texture!!
    Who knew? I'll be using that in the future.
    Very helpful thanks.

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  26. Wow ! That came out great. Spray texture ? I never knew they offered that in a can..just brilliant. :)

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  27. Great Job! Don't be too hard on the kiddos. My experience with the arching shower rods is that they tend to sag/rip out of the wall over time. It's already happened to us once and is now slowly starting to sag again. I don't think we can give up our arching rod but I'm getting really tired of patching the holes!

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  28. Oh, I think everyone knows I'm only kidding...if I was actually hard on my kids I'd probably know how the damage happened in the first place! Good to know this tends to be an issue with curved rods! Janell

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  29. Janell~ make no apologies.

    I say mean moms of the world unite!
    Hurray for moms who make the kiddos responsible for their own actions! They grow up to responsible adults...woot-woot.

    Now, onto more important matters~ great job on patching the wall. Good tutorial. I have been curious about the texture spray and wondered how well it worked. Yours seem to look pretty good- Like you said, 'can't tell'.
    I've seen some say it was a fail. But I think they may have over sprayed.
    And! fortunately, you had leftover matching paint...I presume?

    ~Pat

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  30. Hopefully no one is practicing their dismounts on the shower rod in the future! nice repair job!

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  31. kudos to the DIY queen....great job, Janell!! xx meenal

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  32. Oh Janell you always do the best fix ups and DIY's. That is a cool rod and curtain for sure!

    I have a Giveaway from The Zhush I know you will love! Come & join!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  33. Genial tu trabajo!! Felicitaciones!! Cariños!!

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  34. My daughter stepped on the soap dish that was attached to the tiles. She wanted to see who was outside. ugh! Now our soap dish is half broken and looks like..... One of these years we'll get it fixed.

    The shower rod fix looks great.

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  35. You are AMAZING!! Love your tough love parenting as well.

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  36. Okay, I'm really feeling like I need to get on the ball here at my house! Great job!
    Take care,
    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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