Options To Cover A Hole In The Wall Of Your House

Holes in the wall are made accidentally during the repair of pipes or electrical systems, but also intentionally when we are looking to hang any type of furniture or decorative object. That said there are plenty of reasons to want to repair them and not every time you need the help of a professional real estate agent to sell your home.

Below, we delve into one of the most common household issues and give you the steps to follow to successfully repair a hole in any wall.

As long as the hole is not too large or involves professional repairs that require home insurance coverage, there are three effective ways to cover small cracks, scuffs, or thumbtack holes in the wall of no more than 5 mm, which will also be very helpful. Useful for repairing other domestic damages such as faulty anchors, damaged sockets, disabled light boxes, or pipes that are no longer used for anything.

First method: small holes

·         What do you need?

·         A spatula (the size that best suits your needs)

·         Sandpaper

·         Wall color paint

Conventional putty

Depending on the size of the hole (such as those caused by nail or screw holes), you will have to use a more or less small putty knife, which can insert the putty more precisely. As for putty, there are a wide variety of types on the market, but we recommend purchasing one that does not shrink to avoid gaps between the putty and the rest of the wall.

Some cracks located between moldings or between the wall and the ceiling can also be repaired with putty, but if they are very thin, sealant paint can solve it more easily. Simply apply a drop of the paint along the crack and smooth with a finger moistened with water.

How we do it: if we have decided on putty, we have to mix a little of the product with water, stir until we get a pasty mass, apply a little on the spatula, and try to fill the hole with it as much as possible. The idea is that you spread the putty with the putty knife until the surface is as smooth as possible.

When the hole is filled and the putty is dry, we sand over it to smooth and homogenize the repair with the rest of the wall.

Second Method: Medium Sized Holes

What do you need?

·         Joint putty

·         Plasterboard Patch or Tape

·         Spatula

·         Sandpaper

A medium-sized hole is approximately the size of a golf ball. To start, you will need to attach a patch or a piece of drywall tape. In the case of patches, they adhere better to the wall and are specifically designed to cover medium-sized holes, so they create a very practical surface to cover with putty and paint.

In the case of plasterboard tapes, they are cheaper and you can find them at any DIY store, but they leave a slightly rougher finish that is difficult to smooth.

How we do it: We heal the hole with a patch or drywall tape, making sure it is completely covered. Then we applied joint putty over the patch on the wall so we could smooth it out. If we use the tape, the procedure is the same; we can smooth out any wrinkles that remain with the spatula and putty.

We wait 24 hours for the putty to dry completely and proceed to smooth the surface with sandpaper until it is smooth and homogeneous. We remove the dust completely before giving it a coat of paint and that’s it.

Third method: large holes

What do you need?

·         Sandpaper

·         A piece of plasterboard

·         Tape and joint compound

·         Plasterboard saw

·         Cutter

A more complicated method that requires a certain level of concentration and precision, starting with the sheetrock you will need. We must make sure that it is the thickness of the wall that we are going to repair and look for a piece of the approximate size of the hole (we can get it at any DIY store). When we have it, we will have to enlarge the hole in the wall to accommodate the piece of plaster, cutting the damaged contour with the saw and eliminating the excess parts.

The next thing we need to do is cut another piece of plasterboard as close in size as possible to the hole we want to repair. This may take a little time, but with the saw, it is possible to achieve it. We screw the piece of plaster to the crossbar with 15 cm screws. In the spaces between the plaster and the wall, we apply a layer of joint putty and let it dry.

Once dry, we glued plasterboard tape around the entire contour of the hole, applied putty on top to cover the tape, and let it dry for 24 hours. Finally, we sand the surface until it is as uniform as possible and apply a coat of paint.

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