How To Fix A Hole In The Wall

by The Carpenter

Whether it’s from a doorknob, an accident or a poorly hung picture very few things can make your home look as bad as a big fat hole in the wall and most people think it’s really difficult to fix but it’s really not.

What You Need

  • Small tub of spackle
  • Putty knife
  • Wall repair patch (like the one found here)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Primer (optional)

Note: If the hole is the size of a quarter or less you might be able to get away without using the wall patch and using spackle only.

Most good hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot will sell a kit that contains the spackle, putty knife and wall patch, usually for around $10. If you can’t find one at your store or would rather order one online you can find a good one on Amazon here.

Fixing The Wall

1. Clean Out The Hole

Once you have all of your supplies the first thing you need to do is to clean up any debris that remains in the hole. You will probably have a lot of sheet rock or plaster dust in the hole, and possibly other debris that may have found it’s way in there. Clean it out using a knife or screwdriver and use a vacuum to suck up all the dust. This is important because debris will prevent the patch and/or spackle from sticking closely.

2. Apply Wall Patch

This part is pretty simple… just take the patch out of the package. Most patches are a mesh like patch that has a sticky edge around all four sides so it can stick to the wall. Just place the patch as best you can so that the hole is directly in the center of the patch. It’s ok if it’s not perfect, just get it as close as you can. Make sure the patch is stuck to the wall so that there are no bumps or ripples in it… we need it to look smooth when we are all done and any bumps in the patch will result in bumps in the wall.

Note: You may want to use a drop cloth under the hole in case you drop spackle on the floor.

3. Apply Spackle Over Patch

Once you have your wall patch set, open your tub of spackle and grab your putty knife. Using the putty knife scoop out a healthy gob of spackle and apply it to the center of the patch. Smooth it out with the knife so that you get spackle all over the mesh on the patch. Don’t worry if you get some on the rest of the wall… in fact you will need to put a little bit outside the patch so that the patch doesn’t show through later on.

4. Sand The Spackle

Very Important: Wait until the spackle is 100% dry before sanding!!

Once you know the spackle is dry, take some sandpaper and sand the spackle down until it is completely smooth. Be gentle with the sandpaper and take your time. If you are too aggressive you may pull some of the spackle out of the hole and then you would need to start over. Remember you want this to be as smooth as possible so it doesn’t show through later. You may also want to keep a vacuum nearby to clean up the spackle dust because that stuff gets all over everything!

5. Paint The Wall

This step is pretty self explanatory. Get a can of paint that matches your existing wall, or use this opportunity to change your wall colors. You will probably want to get enough to cover the entire wall because it is really difficult to paint a patched area and have it match. If you are a better painter than me you might be able to though. It is probably a good idea to apply some primer to the patched area which will help prevent some dull spots in the wall which happen when you apply wet paint to dry spackle.

Well, that’s pretty much it. Any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to get you an answer.

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