Patch a hole in your wall


Not much can make the interior of a home or office building more unsightly
than having a hole in your wall. Maybe you slammed the door into the wall a
little too hard, or just simply stumbled while carrying a heavy television
set and ended up creating a hole in the drywall of your home; accidents
will happen, but the next step is: what to do about it?

There are several ways to patch a hole in your wall. The most productive
way will usually depend on the actual size of the hole, but for the sake of
argument let’s say it’s a medium, 5 inch hole. For this type of damage, you
can go to your favorite hardware store, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and even
Walmart, and get yourself a Ready-made drywall patch that uses the easy
peel-and-stick, metal-backed-patch. They come in all shapes and sizes, and
may times several different sized patches are included in one
do-it-yourself box.

The next step is getting started: cleaning the hole and the area around the
hole. In many cases you simply have to peel away drywall sheet paper,
debris, and other types of damage that sticks out and will get in the way
of placing the patch over the wall in a smooth, flush, manner - clean all
that away.

Now you have to cut and shape the patch to make it fit. Be sure plenty of
extra backing of the patch around the hole so that it doesn’t cave in or
leave you thinking it might do so.

Make sure the area is thoroughly cleaned, and in kitchens, or other
potentially greasy stops, use warm water and soap to wipe in away any
greasy areas that are going to come into contact with the new patch.

Now place the patch over the hole and make sure to smooth the edges with
your putty knife which will remove any bubbles. Then take your wide (or at
least wider) bladed putty knife and scoop and spread a nice and thin
topcoat of joint compound - the “mud”, over the entire area where you’ve
placed the patch. The purpose is to create a smooth surface between the
patch and the rest of the wall, so use as much of the compound as you need
to achieve this, just be sure to go over it several times with the putty
knife so as to create a flush surface between the patch and wall. Make sure
you make one final pass to smooth everything out before letting it dry.

You can also take a very slightly damp sponge and ever so gently, wipe the
area, just enough to make it smooth and natural looking. Now let it dry,
usually the best bet it for 6- 12 hours, or even overnight, the longer, the
better.

Following the drying period you’re almost always going to have to apply the
second coat of mud, and do the same scraping and flushing until it’s solid.
Once dry and to your liking, take a small piece of paint from the wall to
the hardware store, have it “matched” with your paint on the wall where the
hole was, and repaint the newly patched area. Now you have a solidly
patched and painted area where the hole once was, be sure to re-coat the
paint to your satisfaction, usually two coats will do. Enjoy your new wall!