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Old 11-10-2005, 04:07 PM   #1
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hi! i really need some emergeny DIY help!

I am a complete novice at this and have no idea what I am doing.

There is a hole in my wall. its a plasterboard wall and the hole hasn't gone into the other room on the other side just through to the insulation. It's about 20-30cms round, so not very big but it's really noticeable.
I need to get rid of it asap!

what is the easiest and cheapest way for me to fix it?

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Old 11-10-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hi Kaye and welcome aboard.


If the hole isn't too large you can simply repair it with a piece of screen mesh and some joint compound. If it's much over 3" or 4" in diameter, should just cut it out square and repair it with a small piece of drywall and some backer boards.

Is this a smooth finished wall or is it textured? If it's textured you can probably patch it up well enough not to be noticed, but if it's a smooth wall, you might want to find a local drywaller or handyman to patch the hole for you.

If you'll do a search for "drywall or sheetrock repair" there are several threads with instructions on hole patching available. Post back if you still have questions.

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House, It sounds like someone had their head stuffed through the wall. Nothing like a good party!!

Cut out all of the old busted stuff and look inside. Respond with actual hole size. undamaged and relative stud locations.
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Kaye,

If you're still needing some help, I'm throwing a step by step together for you at http://www.home-improvement4u.com/wa...all-repair.htm
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I figured I'd just throw this in here and see if it stirs up a bunch of confusion! I wasn't sure if I'd get all the steps done before too long, and I'm tired, so I'm just posting the images. Think of it as mime.








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An important note here, the piece I'm adding is glued to the backer material.
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This doesn't include the remaining coats of mud. I've also used cardboard as a backer before, but I really don't think it is solid enough. If somebody bangs the same spot again, it will just need to be fixed again. This solution gives some solid stability long term.
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Basically, straighten the edges. Remove any debri or shredded paper from the back of the hole. Cut a scrap of wood that will fit in the hole (make it a good 6 inches longer than the length of the hole). You'll have to use your own judgement on the width aspect.

I used string to hold the piece until the adhesive set. You could use screws but I only had a hardwood scrap and didn't want to fool with trying to screw into it. You stand a chance of popping out more rock that way as well. You twist the string/stick combo until it is tight.

Cut a piece to fit the now straightened hole (well, fairly straight). Glue it in place. Bed of mud and tape the seams. Make sure to squeeze out any bubbles.
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I almost forgot, I scored the perimeter and peeled away the paint so that I will be able to feather into the repair better.
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Cool repair Ken, just like I would have done it, oops have done it I guess!!
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Nice visual walk through Ken.

I am curious why not just screw the board in place?
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I guess I have done it that way before but this particular scrap was oak and getting the one screw in it to hold onto it was tough enough. I didn't want to risk trying to hold the piece and put a screw in and dropping the board
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Makes perfect sense. :D

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