Monday, December 17, 2012

Tutorial - How do You Fix a Hole in the Wall?

Our electric heat was replaced with gas heat years ago.... however this ugly control was left behind in the wall in every single room of our home. :(


Before painting my bedroom, I took the plastic box off  and of course, I ended up with a hole in the wall. :(

The good think is... repairing a hole in your drywall is not difficult! :-)


Here is what you need:

1. Steel Patch. I found these wall repair patches at Home Depot. They come in many different sizes and are very easy to use.
 
 
2. Patching compound
 


3. Putty knife and sandpaper.

 Here is what you need to do:

1. Clean up the area. - Remove any loose paint, dust, and/or particles around the hole. Sand the surface around the hole if you need to.



2. Place the steel patch on the wall. - This patch comes with some sort of glue already. All you need to do is remove the paper cover from the patch and place it over the hole. The steel should face the hole while the mesh should face outward. The mesh will stick to the wall. Easy peasy!



3. Apply compound over patch. - Wait for the compound to dry and sand! For a smoother appearance you can apply more compound, wait to dry, and sand again! I used 100 grit medium sandpaper.

 
 
4. Paint your wall. I used primer before painting!

 
 
Wall switch looks different because of lighting but this is the same wall! :o
 


 
So simple!  Now you know the easiest way to fix a small hole in your wall or ceiling in the blink of an eye! ;-)



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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for this--I have 2 holes from a towel rod my kid used as a jungle gym--Ugh--now I can fix it instead of finding a repairman.

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    1. I am glad this informtion was useful for you Grey! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Oh good on you, I have a few holes, I tried to fix but ugg, didn't do well. I will try this method next time thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Perfect timing I have a whole in my son's bedroom. It is not as big as the hole you fixed. But big enough to stick a finger in. I want to get it fixed while I am off from work for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome Jenny! Let me know how your project goes!

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  4. Wow! I'm impressed! And this is so much better than what I would be tempted to do... hang a picture over it! :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. I was tempted to do the same too... hahaha

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  5. My hubby knows how...he's just a procrastinator! LOL!

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    1. Hahaha That reminds me of a joke..."If a man says he will fix it, he will. No need to remind him every 6 months." :)

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  6. Hi! Saw your tutorial on Under the Table and Dreaming. Great idea for a post. It will help many people. Over the years I have had to fix so many holes in my walls (I had two tomboy girls!!!), that I became very good at it!

    Pop over to my blog today as well! Happy Holidays!

    Linda

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  7. Thanks for posting! My husband had to do this around our house last week! I am your latest follower. Hope you come over and check out my blog too! www.mendezmanor.com

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  8. What a helpful tutorial--I'll have to try that mesh!

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  9. Love this projects.Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra

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  10. Very cool! Great job fixing the hole in your wall! Never knew how to do it, now I do :)

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  11. Great info! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see you at the bash! Have a Happy New Year. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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