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    Rana Goodman

    By: Mr. Fix-It

    Have you ever been faced with the problem of repairing a hole that was put into your wall?

    Many people believe that for the large holes, this is a complicated and difficult task. Luckily, this is not something that is as difficult as many people may think. All that someone needs to do is gather a few items, and have some time that can be devoted to the task.

    Items needed:


    Adhesive fiberglass tape

    Drywall compound (also known as “mud”)


    Hair dryer (optional)

    Paint (matched to existing paint)

    Paint brush

    Sanding block, or sanding tool

    Drywall saw or knife

    Drywall screws


    After you have completed gathering these items, use the following checklist and you are going to be able to have a wall that is as good as new.

    1. 1. Make sure that the hole in the sheet rock is cleaned and prepped for repair.

    Use a drywall saw or knife to remove the damaged portion of wall.

    (In fact, you could or should probably do this step before beginning anything else, since you could take a small piece of the painted sheet rock with you to find matching paint.)

    1. 2. Take a piece of the sheet rock and screw the backing board (the scrap board).

    The board is going to act as a support structure for the patch.

    Apply some of the adhesive to the board to help keep it in place as your patch.

    1. 3. After you have the patch in place, take some of your “mud” and apply a coat over the entire patch, and about 5 to 7 inches past the edges to help provide extra support to the patch.

    Apply this coat in as even of a manner as possible.

    After you have done this, you are going to need to wait for the mud to dry completely, which can take up to twelve hours.

    One method that you can use to speed this up, you can use that hair dryer mentioned in the items list.

    Considering that this is going to dry the mud much quicker, you can be ready to go to the next step in as little as 30 minutes.

    1. 4. Take some of the sandpaper and your sanding tool to smooth out the mud.

    You want the area as smooth as possible prior to painting.

    If you have found yourself with spots that are thinned out too much, simply repeat step three and four as needed.

    1. 5. Paint your wall.

    You can now paint your wall, and if you have done all the steps properly, then you are not going to be able to see any of the damaged wall.

    All that you have left to do now is to clean up.

    Need a video?


    Or, if you are a non-fixit person like me you can call someone to do it for you!!!

    Seriously, I want to thank Forrest for his help over the years and it’s great to know he is always available for advice to our residents.  Keep up the good work, Forrest!

    Patsy McCarthy

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