How to Fill a Small Hole

Fix tiny nail and screw holes:

Wall Hole Filler: No matter how meticulous you are, you’ll need to repair some holes in the walls after a while. If a tiny section of drywall is severely stained or damaged, it may need to be removed and replaced.
Patching drywall holes takes little time or skill. Wall-repair kits are available at home centers and hardware stores. The size of the hole to be repaired determines how to proceed.

They’re the easiest to fix. With a putty knife, fill the gaps.
After drying, lightly sand the surface. Larger holes must be reinforced with bridging material before applying patching compound for strength.

Fix holes between 1/2 and 11/2 in. diameter:

Cover holes between 1/2 and 1 inch in diameter with adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh. We used a $2 Manco repair kit to manufacture the mesh squares.

The kit can be used in four steps:

First, polish the area around the hole with fine-mesh sandpaper. Remove sanding dust with water.
Cover the hole with a 1″ piece of fiberglass mesh that reaches over the edges. Then stick it to the wall.
Apply a thin layer of the spackling compound using a 6-inch drywall knife.
After a night of drying, softly sand it and reapply a thin layer. Apply a third skim layer once the second one dries.

How to Fix a Medium-size Hole

Holes between 11/2 to 6 in. diameter:

In order to bridge holes between 11/2 and 6 inches in diameter, a stronger, more rigid material must be used. Patches made of galvanized metal from Homax were utilized to repair a 2 1/2-inch-wide hole caused by a doorknob (purchased for $2.25) The company also makes 656-inch ($3) and 8×8-inch ($4.25) patches available. The patch is attached to a 6-inch-square piece of fiberglass mesh using glue on the back.

Three simple actions are required to complete the installation process:

  • Remove the paper backing from the decal and stick it to the wall so that it covers the entire hole.
  • In order to get the best results, apply three coats of the compound at a time, allowing each to dry before moving on.
  • At least 12 in. sq. should be used for the final coat to ensure a smooth transition from the patch to the surrounding wall.
  • Peel off the backing sheet from the metal patch to expose the adhesive for medium-sized holes. Then stick the patch to the wall.


How to Patch a Large Hole

Fix Holes larger than 6 in. diameters:

If the hole is greater than 6 inches in diameter, you only need two 1x3s and a scrap of drywall to patch it up.

This is how to fix a large hole:

  • Cut a tiny square or rectangle out of the ragged hole to begin.
  • Assemble a 1×3 by sliding it into the hole and screwing it into place with a 1 1/4-inch overlap in the cavity.
  • To finish the cutout, fasten the second 1×3 to the other side.
  • Each 1×3 should be coated with construction glue after cutting a drywall piece that will fit into the cutout.
  • 1 1/4-inch drywall screws are the best way to fasten the patch to the 1×3.
  • Make sure the margins of the patch are covered with a thick layer of joint compound.
  • In order to conceal the joints, use a drywall compound to push the paper tape into the compound firmly.
  • Make sure the compound is entirely dry before sanding it to a nice finish.
  • Let the primer dry well, then apply two coats of paint, allowing each to dry before the next is applied.

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