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Patching Small Holes in Drywall

Patching small holes in drywall.

How to fix holes in drywall.
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Sometimes when you buy a home or rent an apartment or house you might find that some repair work might be in order. Most often you landlord will take care of patching small holes in drywall. This holds true if it is a rental or a real estate agent will hire a repairman to take care of such matters.

Supplies to Patch the Drywall Holes

– Safety glasses
– Gloves
– Spackling paste
– Putty knife or spackling paste knife
– A container like an old pie tin
– Newspaper

Stay Safe while Working

When doing this kind of work, as with any construction repairs, you’ll want to make sure you work safe. Get a good safety approved pair of safety glasses, ones that cover and wrap around to the sides of your eyes. These will protect your eyes from spackling paste entering into your eyes and possibly burning them.

The chemicals in the drywall can be toxic. Also wear some type of gloves that can protect your skin from the burning effects of the spackling paste. Latex gloves are good for this purpose.

Patching the Drywall Holes

So what do you do if you’re left with holes in the drywall? I mean talking about small holes. What can you do?

If the hole or holes are less than an inch a quick drying spackling paste can be used to patch the holes. Spackling paste is made from gypsum plaster which is calcium sulfate and glue.

This process is real easy. Buy some at your local hardware store or even some supermarkets. They are usually sold in 3 ounce to 10 ounce containers. You can decide which one to get after evaluating the drywall hole sizes.

Applying the Spackling Paste

So you’ll need a tub of spackling paste, a putty knife or spackling paste knife. The putty knife can come in 2 inch to 8 inch blade. Using a 4 inch blade size can cover most any small hole.

Get an old pie tin, you know the kind apple pie comes in. Get one of those and daub out a portion about twice as big as the area to be patched.

Take your putty knife and scoop some up and turn it over. Spread it out in the pan again a few times to mix it well. Remove all the trapped air and get it to a smooth consistency Now you are ready to apply the spackling paste.

Get a good amount on the putty knife larger than the hole itself and press the mixture into the void. Then with an easy firm swiping motion either to the left or right, swipe across.

If you have gotten enough on the putty knife blade this should fill the hole. Sometimes though, you may not have filled the area completely. In this case you’ll have to get a bit more on the putty knife and do it again. The second time most always completes the job of filling the hole.

The quick drying spackling paste is non shrinking. This means that when it dries, it does not shrink and leave a void. So remember to get the kind that is non shrinking as well as quick drying.

Use Backing in Larger Holes

Any hole over 1 inch around or so will need backing. The spackling paste will not span the void adequately.

There are many ways to back the hole. One of the quickest ways is to get some newspaper and crumple a small part in your fingers or palm and stuff it in the hole. You can experiment with this to see how much you need.

Make sure that the newspaper is recessed below the surface of the void. Otherwise the paper and patching will protrude. In a few minutes you can get the hang of it.

It is not difficult patching small holes in drywall. If you have the right tools and know how and remember to stay safe you will be able to enjoy your new walls.

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