Simple and Cheap Way to Fix Damages in Drywall without Replacing It
Damage to drywall can occur for a variety of reasons, whether intentional or unintentional. Beings that walls are made of drywall, and drywall, especially thin drywall, can easily be broken.
Small holes from screws, nails, wall hooks and other minor holes can easily be repaired, or covered using a little bit of spackle and any flat tool. Most small holes can be filled with regular household glue and remain unnoticeable once the holes are painted over. Fixing these small holes does not require any special equipment or tools. Often times a small flat head screwdriver is all that is needed.
Medium and large sixed holes can come from any number of ways. Accidents often cause holes that go through or nearly all the way through the drywall. Moving furniture or appliances often results in bumped walls, and bumped walls result in large holes that need repair.
Options for Repairing Holes in Walls and Drywall Repair
Replacing drywall is not an option for many people. The cost involved in hiring someone to come and replace the wall is often more than people are able or willing to spend. Replacing an entire wall is a task which cannot be done well by someone who does not have the experience. This leaves homeowner’s the option of leaving unsightly holes exposed or covering them with a framed hanging picture or placing a bookcase along the wall to cover the hole.
Repairing holes in drywall does not have to involve replacing entire walls or hiring an unaffordable contractor. There are times when this is necessary, however most medium to large holes, can be repaired with minimal tools, supplies and experience. All supplies can be purchased in large or small quantities from most home improvement shops.
Tools and Supplies Needed to Fix Holes in Drywall
- A bucket of spackle paste for interior use – the size needed will depend on the size of hole or number of holes to be filled
- A spackle tool, metal kitchen spatula, or other sturdy flat scraping tool
- Plastic grocery bags or trash bags – again, the amount needed will be dependent upon the size and number of holes to be filled
- Newspaper or plastic to protect floor
Low Cost, Simple Method for Repairing Large Holes in the Wall
- Cover the floor with newspaper or plastic to prevent spills on the carpet.
- Remove any disconnected pieces of drywall and lightly brush the area surrounding the hole to remove drywall dust.
- Completely fill in the hole with plastic bags, just until they reach the back side of the drywall. There should be enough bags to completely cover the hole and remain in place. Plastic should not extend outside of the hole into the room.
- Once bags are in place, cover the bags and the hole with thick layers of spackle paste.
- After it is completely filled in and covered, smooth out the area to remove excess spackle and ensure a flat surface.
Tips for Finishing the Area after Repairing the Drywall
- When the area is dry, check for rough spots or indented areas. Spackled area should be flush with the wall.
- Rough spots can be gently sanded using sandpaper prior to painting.
- Indented areas should receive a second spackling in order to create a flush, smooth surface. Simple spackle over the dry are, smooth out, and allow to dry.
- Walls should be repainted to help protect the repaired area.
- Overly large areas may require more drastic measures. For unrepairable areas, a thin piece of plywood can be cut and screwed in place. Painting over the area will provide a cleaner look.