Patching A Hole

The DIYer

There are three kinds of holes: small, medium and large, and each require a different procedure to repair.


Small holes:

Small holes are easy to

For holes smaller than one inch, simply spackle the hole filling it completely. 

Allow to dry thoroughly, it will crack, that's to be expected.

Apply a second coat, this time feathering it out a little.

Repeat once or twice more, feathering a little more each time as needed.

Sand as needed and paint.


Medium holes:

For holes one to two-and-a-half inches, apply a thin coat of spackle, covering the surrounding area by about three inches. 

Firmly press a piece of drywall joint tape over the hole and smooth it with a taping knife. 

Allow to dry thoroughly, then apply feathering coats (two to three feathering coats may be needed).

Sand as needed until the surface is smooth.


Large holes:

For larger holes you will need to square off the hole using a keyhole saw.

Then cut a piece of sheet rock to the size of the hole.

If your hole is not on the beams, you may need to add a piece of wood on the inside of the hole to support your patch. 

Secure your patch using drywall screws.

Apply a thin coat of spackle and tape (as discredit in medium holes).

Then feather out the tape seams (allowing to dry between coats) and sand as needed.


Before painting:

Once your patch is sanded and appears to be smooth, run your hand over the spackle from different angles. You’ll probably find a few spots you missed. Any un smooth areas, apply a very thin coat of spackle and sand again before painting.

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