How to fix a hole in the wall

Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to fix a hole in the wall whether it is big or small.

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When you're redecorating, hammering or moving furniture around, one false move could leave you with a gaping hole in your drywall or plasterboard wall. Fortunately, it’s as easy to fix a hole in a wall as it is to break it! Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to fix a hole in a plaster wall, from small holes to bigger ones.

Always be sure to cover any floors, carpets and other areas you don’t want damaged; as well as following the manufacturer’s instructions when using specialised filling products.

How to fix a holes in walls of the small variety

Knowing how to fill a small hole caused by nails or screws in your wall is easier than you think with the following steps.

  1. Purchase spackling paste.
  2. Using a small putty knife, spread a small amount (usually around the size of a pea) of spackling paste over the hole.
  3. Smooth the spackling paste out with your putty knife.
  4. Using a damp cloth, wipe off excess spackling paste.
  5. Allow the spackling paste to dry and paint the patch if necessary.

How to fill a hole in plasterboard

Plasterboard is soft and therefore even the slightest impact can cause damage. These steps will help you quickly and easily fix a hole in plasterboard.

  1. Firstly, check for any wires, pipes or other items you don’t want to damage.
  2. Use a hobby knife to cut around the hole to make it square. Although it may seem counterintuitive to make the hole bigger, this is an important step to fix the wall.
  3. Using a scrap of timber or plasterboard, cut a piece that matches the width of your square hole, but is 2 inches longer than the height of your square.
  4. Drill a hole into your patch and push a screw through.
  5. Put a heavy-duty adhesive on an inch at the bottom and top of your patch, the same side as the screw is sticking out. These are the two parts which will overlap your hole and stick your patch in place.
  6. Holding onto the screw, carefully insert your patch at an angle. Straighten it up and line it up with your hole, with the adhesive pressed against the inside of your wall.
  7. Allow the adhesive to dry following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Push the screw into the wall cavity.
  9. Using a pre-mixed filler and a small trowel, fill from the patch to the level of the wall.
  10. Paint over the filler to match the wall.

How to fill deep holes in your wall

For larger holes you can use the steps below which will show you how to plaster a hole in the wall. If you hole is too big to fill or has become a crack, you can click here to find out how to fix a crack in the wall so it looks good as new.

  1. Gather your tools and materials. To fix a large hole in your wall, you will need: • A plaster patching compound • A finishing trowel • Sandpaper • Screws (course grade for wood or fine grade for metal)
  2. Remove loose plaster. If you have a large area of damage, you need to remove all loose bits. Take care not to expand the damage. Keep removing loose plaster until all the plaster you test is secure.
  3. Use screws to secure loose lath to the studs beneath. As long as your lath is not damaged to the point of not holding up plaster, you can screw it down to hold it in place.
  4. Using the plaster patching compound, start to patch the hole. The first layer is a rough coat, so should be a little below the surface of the wall and does not need to be neat or smooth. Leave this to dry until it is slightly firm but not hard, similar to peanut butter consistency.
  5. Using your trowel, add a second coat of plaster patching compound. This should stick to the first layer but give you a smooth surface level with the wall.
  6. Allow your plaster patching compound to fully dry.
  7. Next, using grit sandpaper, ensure the surface of the surface is full smooth.
  8. Prime and paint the area you’ve fixed. Always use a good primer on plaster walls, as this will protect the wall. Once the wall is primed, paint the patch to match the décor of your room.

With our step-by-step guide for how to fix a hole in plasterboard or other wall types; you now have quick and easy ways to have your wall fixed in no time at all.

Key steps

  • Use spackling paste and a putty knife to fill small holes.
  • Use a timber or plasterboard scrap to fill plasterboard holes, attaching them to the inside of the wall and using filler to level it flat to the wall.
  • For larger holes, use a trowel and plaster patching compound.

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