So your favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers lost in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. Or maybe the cash you saved for your next mortgage payment was squandered betting on The Big Game? Or did you drink a tad too many Coors Lights at your buddy’s party and have a little anger issue? Well if you unnecessarily took out your frustrations on some innocent drywall, here is how to fix your wall.
What you’ll need:
- Utility Knife
- Small Piece of Cardboard
- Putty Knife
- Spackle or joint compound
- Fine grit Sandpaper
Cut edges cleanly around hole. Any loose or hanging debris will get in the way later.
Cut a piece of cardboard 1″ larger than the hole in each direction. Poke a hole in the center. Fish the thread through the center. Cut another piece of cardboard and tie a knot to the smaller piece to act as an anchor for the larger piece. Fold the large piece of cardboard in half and insert into the hole while holding the thread with the other hand. Pull thread to force cardboard to become flush against the back wall.
Using your drywall knife, fill in the hole while spackle or drywall patch while holding the thread tight. Perfection, at this point, is a waste of time, just fill in the hole. You should be able to release the thread and allow it to hang down. Give the patch 1/2 to 2 hours to ALMOST dry. You will know it is ready when it is stiff but still leaves a wet residue on your finger.
Cut the thread off as close to the wall as possible. Dig in a little if possible. with a bucket of water and sponge, clean off wall and lightly around patch. Use scrubber side if it is difficult. Rinse sponge often to remove white residue from wall and smooth out patch. Anything above the wall surface must be removed. Apply a second layer of spackle or patch. Leave at least one to three inches extra around hole so the patch can feather into the surrounding wall. Perfection is not required.
Allow to dry. The drying time will be much less due to the thinner coat applied. Sponge off excess and smooth the patch out before it completely dries. Use ample amounts of water, rinsing your sponge off repeatedly. Here is where you are looking for a perfectly smooth, tapered patch that blends into the surrounding wall. Allow the texture to dry. While drying, it should begin to look more and more like the surrounding wall. If it just looks wrong, sponge off while it is still drying and try again.
After dry, sand with a fine grit sandpaper.
Wall is fixed and now you can sign up for that Gamblers’ & Alcohol Anonymous meetings and anger management classes you have been procrastinating to go to!
*Drywall Repair advice from eHow.com