How to: Repair Small Holes in your Home

We’ve all been there. You’re racing in the house, swing the door open entirely too fast and BOOM, there goes the door knob through the drywall. Or you have kids and one of them throws a football across the room and instead of the other one making the catch, the wall makes an interception. Whatever your story is, I’m sure we can all understand the level of anxiety this situation can put you at.  But don’t worry, Its a pretty easy fix.

 

First things first.

We will need to dertimine the size of the hole. Anything from a dime sized hole (or smaller), to about the size of a baseball can be fixed with a simple wall patch. Anything bigger than a baseball will require a little bit of wall demo.

We will take a look at both cases in this article.

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Above we have a picture of two different sized holes. Lets take a look at the smaller of the two holes first.

 

 

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YOU WILL NEED:
Wall Patch
Joint Compound
Sanding Sponge
Putty Knives
Utility Knife
Tape Measure
Pencil

STEP 1: Prepare yourself. Gather the tools you’ll need.

STEP 2: Take your sanding sponge and clean up the smooth out the area.

STEP 3: Grab your wall patch.  Lets secure the wall patch over the hole.

Here’s my picture below for example

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STEP 4: Grab your joint compound and your 5″ taping knife. Neatly apply the compound, making sure you’re pressing it into the screen of the patch

 Wipe the excess away using a little bit of force to ensure the patch is fully submerged in the compound.

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STEP 5: Apply a more generous amount of compound to the patch.You will need to spread it widely around the patch so that it will “feather” out into the existing surface. See photos above.

Step 6: Wipe away the excess compound. You’re almost done! Just sit back and let it dry. (This may take up to 24 hours)

STEP 7: Once fully dried, grab the sanding sponge and sand the patch smooth. Don’t forget to sand your edges.

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 Note: When I do my wall repairs, I find that I need to repeat steps 5 through 7 a few times until my patch blends perfectly into the wall. So be patient!

Now,

instructions for bigger wall damage:

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big bad nasty wall damage

First, gather your tools:

  • Utility Knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill/screws
  • Mesh Tape
  • Joint Compound
  • Putty Knife
  • Small piece of drywall

STEP 1: Draw with your pencil a box around the damaged area. Take your utility knife and neatly cut out the square you’ve just drawn. Be sure to add 3/4″ to your marks so that your screws will be centered to the stud. Save this piece.

Cut out the damaged square

Cut out the damaged square

Step 2:  Carefully remove the cut out from the wall.

Notice above how adding the 3/4″ allows for your piece of drywall to have a secure place to screw to.

 Step 3: Find the piece you just cut out and use it as a template. Trace around the square onto the new piece of drywall. Cut!

Step 4: Grab your fresh cut drywall piece and place into its space. Take your drill and drywall screws to drill into the studs.

Screw all four corners

Screw all four corners

Step 5: Find your mesh tape. Tape all edges making sure your cover the screw heads.

Mesh tape holds the joints together

Mesh tape holds the joints together

 

Step 6: Continue as you would with the putty knife and joint compound as you would the first repair. Sand. Let dry

Spackle over the mesh taped edges

Spackle over the mesh taped edges

Step 7: Once dried, repeat step 6 until you have a nice blended finished product.

Done!

Done!

Done!

See, its not all that scary once you know what you’re doing. I hope this article helped you.

(For more DIY tips, check out the ‘helpful tips’ section at www.ryanvatterconstruction.com.)