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How-To: Repair a Hole in the Wall

Like us, our homes are living, breathing creatures that need a little TLC every now and then. Just as we might stub our toes or nick ourselves shaving, our homes suffer some occasional battle wounds. But recovery calls for little more than a band-aid of sorts. If you're rearranging furniture or hanging artwork, you might wind up with a small hole in your drywall, but no worries, treatment is simple with a little first aid. To fix the hole, all you'll need is a putty knife, some sandpaper, an adhesive repair patch with a reinforced metal center, paint, tack cloth, and spackle. To be home schooled in how to repair a hole,


Here's how, from Barbara K!:

  1. First off remove any loose or rough plaster with the sandpaper or putty knife.
  2. Then, generously coat the hole with spackle, and let dry.
  3. Apply another layer of spackle.
  4. Once it has completely dried, smooth down the surface with your sandpaper.
  5. Cut your adhesive repair patch to fit over the hole.
  6. Then smooth spackle over the patch and hole using the putty knife, and let dry.
  7. Then, smooth the area down again with sandpaper, until the surface is flat.
  8. If there is any residue, wipe it off with your tack cloth.
  9. Then, touch up the wall with a little paint. Fini!


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lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
one tip: if you have a vivid color like a red or an orange on a big wall with a small're not going to be able to match the color again with the original paint. paint fades over time from dust and sun (basically just from exposure) so you might consider repainting the whole wall again or risk having a major issue! so buy more in advance you'll have to make a few trips otherwise.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Three kids... I'm an expert! :)
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