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How to Fix a Hole in the Wall

How to Fix a Hole in the Wall
Fixing a hole in the wall, whether small or large requires effort, the right tools, and a steady hand. Given in this HomeQuicks article are instructions for completing this task.
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Holes are easily formed on your wall due to various reasons, like, removing the nails used for fixtures, regular wiring, plumbing, etc. If you find that the walls in your house have been damaged due to any of the aforementioned reasons, then simply follow the step-by-step instructions given below.
Materials Required
  • Putty knife or chisel
  • Broad knife
  • Patching plaster
  • Latex bonding agent
  • White-pigmented shellac
  • Nails
  • Dusting brush
  • Paint
  • Sanding paper
  • Sponge
Step 1
Clean out the loose material around the hole using a chisel and then dust off this area with a dusting brush.
Step 2
Next, take the latex bonding agent and dampen the edges of the hole. Read the manufacturer's instructions before mixing and applying it.
Step 3
Now you'll need the patching plaster. Read the manufacturer's instructions and prepare the mix accordingly. Using a broad knife you have to apply the plaster to fill up the hole. A single layer is usually enough for small holes.
Step 4
In case of deep holes, you would need an extra layer. In this case, after applying the first layer in the hole, press it inside and let it set for about 30 minutes.
Step 5
After 30 minutes, take a nail and score the surface. This will help fix the next layer properly. Now let the first layer dry for about a day.
Step 6
Now it's time to apply the second layer of patching plaster. This layer will fill up the hole and will make the wall surface even. Wait for 2-3 hours after application.
Step 7
The primary procedure is over, it's time to give the finishing touches. Using the patching plaster in a creamy consistency by adding water, apply a smooth coat over the hole. Clean the surrounding area and wait for next 30 minutes.
Step 8
Dampen the sponge and use it to smooth the plastered patch, blend it well into the surrounding surface.
Step 9
You can apply a coat of paint similar to the existing wall color. Once it dries off slightly, sand the area to make it look even. Finish by applying the white-pigmented shellac.
If you are worried if the hole is bigger than expected, then it is best to call a professional to do this task. He/she will be able to do it perfectly. In case you don't have enough time to work on the holes, just hang a frame, fix a wallpaper, or any other type of wall decoration items, so that this hole is not visible.
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