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Hi,

I have a hole in my ceiling that is roughly the size of a kiwi and is located along the side of a heating pipe. The pipe can get very hot during the winter.

How should I go about filling this hole? I was thinking about using some Spackle or plaster but I worry about its contact with the hot pipe.

Any suggestions?

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kiwi sized is too big for spackle. i think you will need to saw the drywall on at least two sides of the whole to find the nearest framing studs to which to fasten the patch with screws.

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if there are no studs nearby, you can also widen the whole with a drywall saw to form a regular shape (e.g. a square), then take two pieces of 2x4 slightly longer than the side of the square and put them in the back of the hole along the top and bottom side of the hole, half the width behind drywall and screwed from the front, the other exposed in the hole (so that you can screw the patch to it). that's the way i'd do it.
 

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