Patching Wall Holes: Fixing Drywall Holes

Fixing a hole in your wall can be done fairly quickly and easily when you assemble needed tools and supplies and follow these easy steps.

Instead of paying for a professional to come in your home and repair holes or cracks in your wall, you might want to save money and do it yourself. You'll find out it really isn't very hard to do, and the only potential problem that can be time-consuming is the drying process. But there are things that you can do to make it dry faster, like opening a window in nice weather or setting a fan in front of the hole you have repaired. So why not give this basic home repair task a try?

To make it simpler, you can purchase a joint compound that is already mixed. If you decide to mix your own, be careful not to add too much water. Supplies and tools that you will need for the job include joint compound, putty knives, sand paper, scissors, utility knife, toothbrush, mud tray, wall repair tape, newspaper, and an old (expired) credit card.

Any hole that is more than six to eight inches in diameter will more than likely need a piece of dry wall. First you need to determine if the broken area is a crack, so lay down some newspaper or a drop cloth on the floor below the opening. Then take an old credit card or library card and insert it at the top of the crack, running it all the way to the bottom of the crack. If the card gets stuck anywhere, just widen the crack. To prepare the surface, take your knife and cut away any rough edges. Then take 150 grit sand paper and smooth the surface. Use a soft brush and then a cloth to wipe off the dust. With a pair of scissors, cut your tape a little longer than the crack and smooth it down with your hand.

Take a two-inch putty knife and apply joint compound generously on the tape. Wipe off excess compound. Don't worry about the way it looks, because this is your working coat. Then after letting it dry for eight hours, take 80 grit sand paper and sand the area. Now you need to apply the joint compound in a thin layer and try to make it look neat. Let this coat dry for eight hours and use 150 grit sand papers on the area until there are no blemishes that can be seen. Wash your putty knife and mud tray, and you are ready to paint.

Repairing holes requires almost the same tasks. Lay down newspaper or drop cloth under the area you will be working. Prepare the surface the same way you would a crack, making sure you wipe off the dust. Cut your patch a little bigger than the hole, making sure the adhesive side is against the wall. With a three-inch putty knife start applying the joint compound a few inches above the patch, going up and down and back and forth, corner to corner. Wait until it is dry and sand with 80 grit sand paper. Apply joint compound again, making it look as good as you can. Let it dry and use 150 grit sand paper, smoothing out the bumps. Let it dry the third time and apply a last coat. After one more drying period, sand again for the final time before painting.

You can save time trying to find someone to handle this chore for you, and money in doing it yourself. If you run into problems, ask someone at the hardware store or home supply dealer. Then enjoy your freshly repaired wall!

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