Tips for Patching Holes in WallsWhether you're moving a picture or repairing a serious mishap like a door knob punching a hole in your wall, filling a wall hole is a project you can tackle yourself. Here are techniques to patch any size hole in your wall without hiring a pro.
Tools You'll Need
- Spackle or Joint Compound This white paste is what you'll use to fill in the hole itself. Buy only as much as you need from your local hardware store as it can dry out and harden over time.
- Putty Knife Sold in sizes ranging from 1-inch to 12-inches. Opt for a size that's just wider than the hole you need to fill.
- Sandpaper Larger patches in your wall will need to be sanded down. Look for "200-grit" sandpaper, which is very fine, helping provide a smooth finish.
Filling the Hole
- Nail Holes: Small holes made by common nails (such as those you'd use to hang a photo or piece of art) can easily be filled and don't require sanding. Place spackle on the edge of your putty knife and hold the knife at a 45 degree angle to the wall. Drag across the hole in a smooth, solid motion, repeating if necessary to ensure the patch is smooth with the wall.
- Dime- or Quarter-Size Holes: Larger holes can prove harder to fill and require the use of mesh tape, which is sold in rolls, usually in the paint section of home improvement stores. The tape, which comes in widths between 1 and 3 inches should be cut to a size just larger than the hole you're filling. Place the tape over the hole and fill with spackle, using the same technique you would use for a smaller hole. Once dry, sand the patched area down until the finish is smooth with the surrounding wall.
- Large Holes: For holes larger than a few inches across, opt for a wall repair patch. These patches, which are sold for a few dollars in the building materials section of hardware stores are typically square and range in size from 4 to 12 inches. Apply the patch to the hole you're filling and again, spackle just as you would a smaller hole. It may be necessary to apply the spackle in batches. Point a small fan at the patched area to help the spackle dry faster. Once dry (usually 24 to 72 hours) sand the patch down until smooth with the wall.
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Once you've filled and sanded a hole of any size, using the methods above, you'll need to paint the patched area. If you have matching paint left from your last paint job, now's the time to break it out! Otherwise, consider buying paint that is one shade darker than the previous coat, as the paint on your walls will probably have darkened with time.
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What are your tips and tricks for repairing a wall? Let me know in the comments!
- by Paul Hope
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