Cracks in drywall can be easily repaired.

How to Fix Cracked Sheetrock Around a Door

by Maria Magher

Over the years, the frame of your house can settle, resulting in cracks in drywall. This can happen especially if the work crew seamed any drywall panels above the door opening -- a strategy best avoided. Repairing the cracks can help to restore the beauty of wall.

Widen the crack into a V-shape with the utility knife. Remove the loose drywall in and around the crack. Fill the crack with joint compound and allow it to dry.

Apply thin mesh tape backed with adhesive directly to the crack or embed moistened paper tape in a thin layer of fresh joint compound.

Apply a thin layer of compound over the tape, feathering the compound at least 2 inches on either side of the tape. Allow the compound to dry.

Sand the area smooth. You can use an orbital sander or sand it by hand, depending on the size of the repaired area and what is more convenient.

Paint the area to match the wall.

Items you will need

  • Utility knife
  • Joint compound
  • 6-inch taping blade
  • Tape
  • Joint knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush


  • Work in thin layers with the joint compound to avoid the need for excessive sanding later.


  • Adhesive-backed mesh tape is easier for novices to apply but does not provide the same strength and support as paper tape at corners.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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