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Drywall Repair - Small Holes & Nails

Small holes and nail holes can be repaired easily with a little time and effort.

Tools: Lightweight drywall compound, Sandpaper coarse (80 grit) and fine (150 grit), Utility knife, putty knives (3 and 6), wall repair patch, scissors, brush, drop cloth

Lay your drop cloth to protect floors and furnishings.

Nail holes can be repaired easily with your finger. Scrape any loose debris around the nail hole. Apply joint compound to your nail hole by gently dabbing your finger to the hole. Allow to dry, and sand over with fine grit sandpaper. Reapply another coat, allow to dry, and sand again. If your wall has some texture, you can just dab a little compound onto the area and sand lightly to hide the hole.

Small holes (4 inches or less) can be repaired without installing a piece of drywall. Holes any larger should be repaired with drywall pieces. This repair is for patching small holes 4 or less.

Use your utility knife to scrape out loose debris or rough edges. Brush or vacuum any loose dust.
Measure your hole and cut the wall repair patch at least an 1 larger on all four sides. If you have a four inch hole, cut the patch at least 7 inches. Place the patch over the hole, sticky side down; and smooth it out.

Use a putty knife to generously apply joint compound to the patch. Start at the top and apply haphazardly side to side, up and down, and corner to corner until it is completely covered. Allow to dry at least 8 hours.

Sand out any bumps or wrinkles with coarse grit sandpaper. Brush away the dust, and apply a second coat, feathering off the edges of the patch.

Allow this coat to dry, and sand with fine grit sandpaper until smooth.

Apply a third coat, using a 6 putty knife to apply a thin layer twice the size of the patch. Sand with fine grit sandpaper, and repeat if necessary.

. If your wall has a texture to it, you can apply texture using the joint compound (watered down a bit) with a roller. An orange peel texture will need a regular paint roller, while a coarser grade texture may require a coarser roller. Experiment on cardboard until you get the texture you desire. You may sand the texture lightly if necessary.

Prime this area before you paint it, using a water base interior primer


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