Every man should know how to fix a hole in the wall, it will save you money and even impress the woman in your life. You can repair most holes in any wall by using a little patience along with the correct tools and supplies. To fix a hole in your wall you will need.
- Plaster of paris
- A putty knife (wider than hole)
- Drywall tape
- Joint Compound
- Fine Sandpaper
- Drywall screws
- Use this method to repair a small hole (under three inches wide) in your plaster wall. Place newspaper on the floor under your hole for easy cleanup. Follow the directions on the container and mix your plaster of paris. If the wood (lath) is still behind your hole, use your putty knife and start filling the hole in from the edges of the hole and work your way inward. If your hole is big, glue or screw a piece of (3/8 or 1/2 inch) sheetrock to the surrounding wood (lath). Use joint compound to fill in any cracks around the sheetrock, wait for it to dry and finish filling the hole with your plaster of paris. After your plaster of paris has dried, use your fine grade sandpaper to smooth and even your work out. Now your wall is ready to be painted.
- Fixing a large hole is a little different. Place newspaper on the floor below your hole for easy cleanup. If your hole is big and or the wood (lath) is missing you will have to use 1×4 or 1×2 wood strips for backing. Use your hand to place the wood strips (several inches longer than the width and length of your hole) behind the hole in your wall and use drywall screws to secure the wood strips to the plaster. Place a piece of 3/8 or 1/2 inch sheetrock inside your hole and screw it to your wood strips using drywall screws. Use joint compound to fill in the cracks around the sheetrock and hole, and let it dry. Use your fine grade sandpaper to smooth and even your work and your wall is ready to paint.
- If you have a hole in your sheetrock wall use this method. For small holes, just use joint compound to cover your hole with a strip of drywall tape and use your fine grade sandpaper to smooth it out. For big holes that are completely through the sheetrock. Cut a piece of 1/4 inch sheetrock, put joint compound around the back edges of it, and press it into your hole until it is even, then let it dry. Fill your hole with joint compound until it is a little bit further out than level with your wall, place strips of drywall tape (slightly longer than your hole) over your hole and use a little joint compound to secure it over your filled hole. After your joint compound is dry, you can use your fine grade sandpaper to smooth your work out. Now your wall is ready to be painted.
Note: You should fill any hole a little bit further out than your wall so that you can sand it level when it dries. To get the best results when using plaster of paris and joint compound to apply drywall tape, use them sparingly.