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Tips on how to fix a hole in the Wall!

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May 25, 2014, 08:44 AM
steve75
Tips on how to fix a hole in the Wall!
This list shows tools and materials that you may require for this work, depending on the nature and location. You may not require all this material, but it’s better to keep things handy, rather than have a last-moment rush to get it from the store.
Material Required:

• Drywall (one foot wide by two feet long)
• Handsaw
• Pencil
• Hammer
• Finishing nails
• Newspaper
• Fine wire, about one foot long
• Wire cutters
• Tape measure or ruler
• Work gloves
• Putty knife
• Utility knife
• Construction adhesive
• Joint compound
• Fine sandpaper
• A paint brush
• Primer paint

To fix a small hole:

For a small hole or dent, less than an inch, just follow these easy steps to fix it: Stuff some newspaper into the hole to provide a backing. Fill the remaining hole with joint compound, which is basically gypsum-based mud.

Apply it with the putty knife, and smooth it down as best as you can. By the next day, the compound will have congealed into a hard, white patch.

You can then lightly sand it, and your repair is done Remember that holes left when nails, screws or anchors are removed, can be patched simply by pushing joint compound into the hole.

After the compound has dried, sand it smooth and paint over it.

To fix a Large Hole :

Use the handsaw or the utility knife to cut the hole into a square shape so that it's easier to patch. Remove the discarded drywall fragments.

Measure the hole with the a measuring tape or ruler, and write down the measurements. Then, mark out the size of the patch that you will require to fill the hole. Use the handsaw to cut out the patch, making it just a little bigger than the hole.

Test the patch against the hole. Make sure it fits well. If it is too large, then carefully scrape down the edges with a utility knife until it fits snugly. Then, hammer a finishing nail through the center of the patch. Remove the nail and thread the wire through the hole.

Make a loop in one end of the wire and tie a knot in the other end. The knot must be large enough to stop the end of the wire slipping through the hole. Stuff the hole with wadded newspaper to provide some backing. After that, coat the edges of both the hole and the patch with construction adhesive (wear gloves for this). Slide the patch into the hole while avoiding the sticky glued edges.

Make sure the front face of the patch is flush with the edge of the wall. If you push the patch in a bit too far, you can use the attached wire to pull it back out. When the patch is placed to your satisfaction, wipe away the excess glue and let it set overnight.

The next day, use wire cutters to snip off the wire. If a bit still protrudes, use your pencil or a pen to push it back into the wall.

Using the putty knife, smooth the entire patched area, including a small area around the patch, with the joint compound. Smooth it down a bit and let it dry overnight. Use sandpaper to sand the patched area smooth. If you do this properly, the patched area will blend with the wall.

However, be careful while you are doing this.Once you finish sanding, paint the patched area with primer and let it to dry thoroughly. After this entire process, paint or paper the patched area to match the rest of your wall.

Safety Tips :

Wear Gloves.
Wear Safety Goggles.
Keep tools away from Children.
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