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How To Patch a Small Hole in Drywall

Watch more Painting & Wallpaper videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to patch a small hole in drywall so you don't have to pay someone to do it. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Buy a drywall kit Consider buying a drywall kit. Sold in hardware stores, it contains almost everything you need to repair holes. Step 2: Smooth and clean location Use a knife to scrape off any loose plaster and then smooth the area with sandpaper. Clean with a damp cloth. Step 3: Fill If the hole is very small, like a nail or screw hole, fill it with spackling paste, let it dry, and sand it smooth. Tip If the hole is from a doorknob, consider installing a wall guard plate, which simply adheres over the damage and will protect your wall in the future. Step 4: Cover with mesh If the hole is larger, place an adhesive piece of fiberglass mesh over the hole so it overlaps on all sides by at least an inch. Tip Mesh patches can repair holes up to about 3" inches around. Step 5: Cover with spackling paste Use a putty knife to spread a layer of spackling paste over the mesh until the area is covered. Smooth it as best you can and let it dry overnight. Step 6: Sand it smooth Lightly sand the area smooth. Step 7: Apply a second layer Apply a light, second layer of spackling paste, let it dry overnight, and sand it smooth. Step 8: Paint Paint the repaired area. Did You Know? Drywall is the most commonly used interior building material in the world. Every year in the U.S. alone, 50 billion square feet of drywall are produced.
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