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Healing Holes in the Wall


Maybe it was a doorknob that swung a little too fast or a bump from the new couch you were moving. Whatever the cause, sooner or later every Homeowner experiences that sinking feeling of seeing holes poked and punched through their walls. Fortunately, one of the many advantages of drywall is that you can repair it easily and inexpensively.

Patch it Up

Tools needed:
Damp cloth and paint
Self-adhesive drywall repair patch
100 grit sandpaper
All-purpose, pre-mixed joint compound
Putty knife

Small holes in your drywall can be repaired using a patching kit, which consists of adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh, joint compound, a putty knife and sandpaper. Smooth the surface around the hole with sandpaper and wipe the wall clean with a damp cloth. Cut the mesh material so it overlaps the hole on all sides by an inch, then peel off the paper backing and press the mesh firmly to the wall around the hole.

Next, spread the joint compound over the mesh with the putty knife and allow it to dry overnight. Once dry, sand the patched area and apply another thin coat of joint compound, feathering the edges for a seamless blend into the surrounding wall. When the final coat dries, sand it lightly and touch it up with paint.

Patch it Up

A Bigger Fix

A Bigger Fix

Tools needed:
Gypsum patching panel drywall
Pencil
Drywall saw and/or utility knife
Wood furring strips
1¼-inch screws
Drywall joint tape
All-purpose, pre-mixed joint compound
100 grit sandpaper
Putty knife

For holes six inches or larger, you’ll need a square drywall patching panel (sold in most hardware stores) that measures slightly larger than the diameter of the hole. Cover the hole with the patch and trace the square’s outline onto the wall with a pencil. Cut along the pencil line with a drywall saw to create a square opening that matches the size of your patch. Be sure to check before cutting to ensure there are no electrical wires behind the hole.

Next, cut two thin wooden furring strips a few inches longer than the width of the square patch. Hold one strip behind the top half of the square opening and attach it by sinking screws through the wall into the wooden strip. Repeat this with the second strip at the bottom of the hole. Then, position the patch flush into the square opening and secure it with screws to the wooden backing strips.

Cover the seams of the patch with drywall joint tape and apply a layer of joint compound over the patch and tape, allowing it to dry before sanding. If needed, apply a second layer of joint compound before finishing the repair with a fresh coat of paint.

These repairs only take a few dollars and a little time, but the smooth, seamless results are priceless!


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