How to Repair Holes in the Wall

There are many ways to get holes in the wall. There’s the doorknob hole from a too exuberant opening of the door. The doorknob makes a hole about the same size as a fist-sized hole. There are even bigger holes like the one caused by a runaway tricycle crashing through the wall. Patching any of these disasters may be easier than you think.

Golf ball-sized holes and smaller

The problem with drywall holes is that there is no backing. The spackle can end up falling into the hollow space. With any hole, clean away any loose debris. For smaller holes you can usually use a putty knife to cover the hole with spackle. Smooth it, let it dry, and then ask your local Painting Service to give a touch-up with paint.

Another way to patch small holes is to crisscross small strips of self-adhesive fiberglass drywall mesh tape to cover the hole. Then apply a layer of drywall compound. After this coat dries, you’ll probably have to texture it.

repairing holes How to Repair Holes in the Wall

Doorknob-sized holes

For a hole of this size in drywall, you definitely need some backing for drywall repair. Fortunately, there are several choices. There are doorknob repair kits available that have everything you need for this job. These kits contain a small square of gypsum board, plastic clips that hold the patch in place, a small container of patching compound, and a putty knife. You use the patch as a template. Mark it off on the wall, covering the hole. Use a keyhole saw to cut the opening. Be on the lookout for wiring. When looking for wall options, you should also see here this glass walls catalog.

Then with the patch clipped in place, you cover it all with compound and smooth it out, feathering the edges. When dry, sand the surface, texture it, and use touch-up paint. Or, here’s a way that costs nothing:

1. Cut a scrap of window screen a little bigger than the hole.

2. Run a piece of string through an opening in the center of the screen. Loop the string back through the screen.

3. Now force the screen through the hole while holding onto the string.

4. Pull the screen up snug against the inside of the wall.

5. Tie the string around a pencil.

6. Twist the pencil tourniquet style to tighten the backing against the wall.

7. Apply patching compound up to within 1/8-inch of the surface.

8. When this coat dries, snip off the string and fill with compound to the surface.

9. When dry, sand and texture to match the rest of the wall and then paint. Here are some Yonkers Painters Specializing in Interior and Exterior Painting.

For the doorknob sized hole in a plaster wall, here’s the drill:

1. Clean away all loose material around the hole.

2. Cut a scrap of hardware cloth to fit inside the hole. (Hardware cloth is a wire mesh with about 1/2-inch openings.)

3. Staple the mesh to the wooden lath.

4. For bigger holes in plaster, use patching plaster instead of drywall compound. Fill in the hole with three applications, allowing drying time between each.

5. When dry and hard, sand, and either smooth or texture to match the rest of the wall. Then paint.

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