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Old 01-25-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Please help me patch this tiny hole


Hi DIY,

I have a little 2" square hole I cut near the baseboard with a keyhole saw, and am moving out so it's time to patch 'er up. What method(s) would you recommend for a novice to get this looking good?

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You need to jam a drywall or anything for that matter plug into the hole, leaving it recessed about 1/16", then fill with spackle or drywall mud, using a trowel or a spatula. Paint.
If it was any bigger, ( It looks like about an inch) I'de clean up the hole (make it square) and fit a piece of drywall back in it.
When you cut the piece of drywall, leave the paper facing about an inch bigger all the way around. This will serve as the drywall tape.
Butter some drywall mud around the hole and push the plug in with the bigger paper facing.
Use a trowel or a spatula and scrape the excess mud out from under the paper.
Let dry, then wipe another layer of mud over it.
After that's dry, sand lightly, then try dabbing some fresh mud with a brush or a sponge then lightly dragging it back down with your trowel to match the texture as best as you can.
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Edit: I see it's about 2". Use the second suggestion.

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That texture is going to be a pain, but Titanoman has good advice. Good luck. Post up how it turns out.

And you might want to try to scrape the texture off about 4 inches around the hole before you start to compensate for the material you will be adding later on.
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That texture is going to be a pain, but Titanoman has good advice. Good luck. Post up how it turns out.

And you might want to try to scrape the texture off about 4 inches around the hole before you start to compensate for the material you will be adding later on.
I was going to suggest that but I thought they would probably tear up the drywall trying to scrape it.
But your right, it'll never be invisible if you're looking for it.
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You can match that particular texture pretty close by slopping up some drywall mud real wet (like thick milk), then loosely wad up some newspaper and dip it in the milk mud. Dab at the surface, pulling the wad of paper straight away from the wall.
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