How to Patch a Hole in the Wall
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How to Patch a Hole in the Wall

We all know home improvements can be pricy. Whether your staging your house for sale, summer cleaning, or just touching up, its nice to be able to accomplish an improvement on your own. I recently discovered that a hole in the wall doesnÂ’t have to mean a $300 repair bill, we can do it on our own.

We all know home improvements can be pricy. Whether your staging your house for sale, summer cleaning, or just touching up, its nice to be able to accomplish an improvement on your own. I recently discovered that a hole in the wall doesn’t have to mean a $300 repair bill, we can do it on our own.

Here are tips for patching a hole in the wall.

Drywall can be used to patch that hole. All you will need is a knife and enough spackling compound to cover the size of the damage. The size will determine our approach.

For a small hole, about a dime size, spread any spackling compound into the hole with the spackling knife until the hole is filled, and smooth out the overrun with a knife. Allow it to dry and you’re all set for that small hole. A few hours will usually be enough drying time. When the compound has finished drying completely, sand the area well, until it is completely flush. After the sanding is complete, get a paint sample to match colors, and repaint the area.

For a medium size whole, about an area in diameter, you should clean out any of the loose plaster inside the hole. You can use a toothpick or a knife to help accomplish this. Smooth around the edges of the inside, so we can be sure to fill the gap completely. For additional fortitude, you may consider stuffing some newspaper into the whole. Plaster can make the repair stronger as well. Remove any nails also that might be in the way of the hole you are filling.

Large holes need a bit more attention. If you are filling a larger hole, make sure that you have the drywall cut and ready before you even consider the mixing compound. Always measure twice the area you are working with, to be absolutely sure that the technique you have decided to use is the correct one for a hole of the particular size. You definitely do not want to get halfway through filling the hole and then decide that you need backing material like newspaper to help hold the compound into place.

Note that for each of these repairs, you may achieve better results by applying some filler over a period of days. Drywall compounds tend to shrink as they dry. If you apply it too thick, it could crack as well. Use several thin layers, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. The secret to applying compound is not to add to much, moderation is the key.

 

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