true that size doesn’t matter – unless there’s a hole in the
smaller holes –– from anchors, screws, nails or picture hangers
–– are a snap to fix and will take just a few minutes of your
the other hand, if you put something on a shelf, it couldn’t hold
the weight and collapsed, taking a chunk of the wall with it, then the
job still isn’t terribly difficult. That’s the advantage of
painting, you’ll want to fill in the small holes,” says Mike
Frentz. As mentioned in the previous columns, the easiest way Mike
recommends to do this is with Fast'n'Final, a premixed spackle from
can do it in one application, no sanding, and you can even paint it
while it’s still wet because it’s such a small hole,” Mike says,
adding that Fast'n'Final outsells its nearest competitor by 10-to-1 in
larger holes, that means it’s a little harder to work with because
it’s heavy enough to roll right out of the hole you’re trying to
if that’s your preference, it’s fine for this kind of work, Mike
says, but he notes you will have to wait until it’s dry to paint the
patch, and you’ll have to sand it, too.
main advantage of this traditional spackle is that it dries to a much
harder finish, while the ONETIME, even when completely dry, can still
be scratched with a fingernail.
you have a hole resulting from a shelf that couldn’t support the
weight, or more common, a door that was opened too far and the
doorknob went through the wall behind it, then you’ll have to move
up a step in the repair process.
nothing behind drywall to hold it,” Mike says, referring to spackle
just spread over a larger hole. The solution is a pre-made patch, made
by Custom®, that’s made of fiberglass mesh, a very thin sheet of
aluminum, and is self-adhering.
aluminum gives the patch its strength,” Mike says. The patches come
in three sizes, up to 8-by-8 inches. “You just put it right over the
hole and then put joint compound over the top, feathering it out
toward the edges of the hole,” he adds.
a crack in the wall, or a slightly smaller hole, you can follow the
same procedure but instead of a Custom® patch, you can use Promesh,
“which is just an adhesive-backed mesh.” It looks like a roll of
tape, and comes on a roll 36 feet long and 2 inches wide. Once
applied, joint compound goes right over it.
working with a hole the size of a doorknob or larger, it’s a good
idea to create a chamfer, or bevel, on all edges of the hole.
Basically that means sanding the edges of the hole to a 45-degree
angle, so the mesh and compound have more surface to stick to and you
get rid of the jagged edges, which makes for a more professional job.
none of this sounds appealing, cover plates are the solution for you.
Frentz and Sons sells plates pre-made to cover holes of varying sizes.
They’re self-adhering. You just select one slightly larger than the
area you’re trying to fill, stick it on, sand it down and paint.)
last solution for a wall with serious damage, something along the line
of a bowling ball going through it, is to make the hole larger and
then actually replace that section of the drywall.
sounds like a great idea, but as Mike points out, it’s very
difficult to find someone who sells small, 1-by-1 or 3-by-3-foot
patches of drywall. You have to buy an entire sheet, so before
choosing this option, make sure you know what you’re in for.
idea is to cut the hole out of the wall. You’ll probably want to cut
a rectangle, from the center of one wall stud to the center of the
next, get a piece of drywall cut to that size, and splice it into the
wall using seamless tape and joint compound.
says wall studs are measured from their centers, so if you find the
center of one, the center of the next is exactly 16 inches to the
right of left. You go for the center because it’s the strongest part
of the stud to use as an anchor for the drywall patch.)