How do you repair holes in a wall made from sheetrock?
Anna from U.S. Virgin Islands
It really depends on the size of the holes. If they are little nail holes, they can be patched with white toothpaste. If they are larger they can be patched with just spackle or patching plaster (thumbsized). If they are bigger than that there is some grid like cloth or tape that you can buy to use for a foundation for the spackle. You apply the tape, then put spackle over it. And if they are huge, it may be worth cutting out the bad piece of sheetrock and cutting another piece to fit. You will need tape to attach the new sheet rock to the old and once dry, it will need to be sanded.
When ever you are dealing with sheetrock, except tiny nail holes, make sure that you sand where you applied the spackle and try to get it to blend in as much as possible, then paint.
For actuall holes, you simply cut a square or rectangle of sheetrock 1" larger than the largest part of the hole. (If you have no sheetrock to use visit a construction site, they always throw away a good bit). Now you cut away 1" on plaster side (wrong side) of the sheetrook, leaving the heavy paper edges extending out. Cut the hole out neatly to correspond to the patch you made. "Butter" some spackling compound or some similar product that comes in small amounts onto the edges and the extending flap. Place in to hole and spackle over the entire thing. Thin layers are much better than thick. Sand and repaint. There you go!
I saw this recently on Ask This Old House. For a large hole, don't you need to support the drywall edges with clips or wood nailed to the back of the drywall?
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