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kninja1211 06-25-2008 11:10 AM

drywall patch over pocket door
I'm trying to patch a hole where a towel rod was pulled off wall over a pocket door. The towel rod needs to be reinstalled on the patched area. Any ideas for a very thin reinforcement behind the patch? Thanks.

Armitage 06-25-2008 11:20 AM

You should be able to put a piece of 1/2" plywood or such behind it easily. Find somebody with small hands to hold it in place for you through the end of the pocket door recess.

Screw it with 1" screws, patch, then screw the towel rack through the drywall into the plywood.

kninja1211 06-25-2008 11:30 AM

Thanks. I,ll give that a try. Now I just need to find someone with small hands.

Termite 06-25-2008 11:34 PM

You can cut the holes a little bigger and insert strips of plywood or thin wood that are a few inches wider than the holes. You can use a screw for a handle. Screw through the existing sheetrock on each side of the holes to secure the plywood to the back of the rock. Then you can apply a patch piece of rock right to the strips of plywood with a couple screws. Tape, mud, sand, and you're good to go.

Just be sure to use short screws! I once nailed my pocket door in the open position by forgetting that it was there when I was running base during a remodel of my living room. The 2" nails I was shooting weren't the thing to use on the pocket wall. Doh!!!

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