Got a hole in your wall that needs fixing?
Paul’s Toolbox may have just the quick and easy method you are looking for to patch it up.
First things first…you need a hole to work with.
Now, once you have your hole or many holes selected, you will need a piece of dry wall. This is pretty simple to find and you may even have luck wandering around your neighborhood on trash day. If not, your local hardware store will have some for you to purchase.
Next, you’ll need a hole saw. These can all be purchased at your local hardware store and you can even get a kit for around fifteen dollars. After you flip your dry wall over so it is upside down, drill a hole with your hole saw (this handy tool has the capability of creating a hole that is anywhere from 3/4 inch all the way up to 4 and a half inches).
Use a knife to cut the drywall down so it’s down to a small square, just enough to frame your newly cut hole. Create lines with the knife in the square and pull the remaining drywall off until you have the circle. This final round piece is called a “butterfly patch.” Make sure to keep the paper side of the drywall on the back of the hole.
Now, take a regular piece of wood and use your hole screw to cut another hole the same size. You’ll use this piece to place on top of the hole that is in your wall. This is essentially used to make a template. Once you have the regular wood hole placed on top of the hole, use your drill to drill through the hole in the wood and the wall at the same time to even it all out.
Next, place the plug that you created out of the drywall and stick it in the hole. It should fit right in.
It’s time to get the plaster involved. Start out by spreading the plaster on the edge of the hole, covering the edges thoroughly. It doesn’t matter if it looks sloppy, as it will eventually be covered up. You’ll want to be sure to skim the edges, getting rid of excess plaster.
Use a damp rag and moisten the outside of your plug. Once you push the plug into the wall, it will push out more excess plaster. It should bond together when it dries, but you’ll want to use a knife tool to press the sides down. Be sure to hold down the opposite side of the one that you are working on flattening down. If your plug material isn’t damp, then you have to be more careful as it’s going to slide around.
Finally, you use your tool to lightly skim over the plug, extending along the walls. A wider knife will make it easier to skim. Let it rest for a couple of hours before sanding it gently. Be sure not to press too heavily as it will leave grooves.
The last step you will take before painting is to wipe down the area and let it dry.
Now it’s time to paint and hide that hold forever!