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Having  a hole in your wall can be quite annoying to look at. The first thing you might think of is how expensive it will be to hire someone to come in and fix it. For one, they cost money you do not have. Secondly, you would rather not have strangers in your home making a big mess. If you feel this way too, read on to learn how to do it yourself. It’s not very difficult, actually, and can be quite handy to know how to do, especially if you have children. Believe me, they can put a hole in the wall before you know it.

If the whole is small, grab some self-adhesive plastic mesh tape, a putty knife, some sand paper, and a spackling compund or fast drying patching compound. Don’t forget your prime and paint. Sounds easy so far, right?

First thing you do is rub the sand paper over the hole just to clear away any loose paper or edges around the hole. If your hole is 1 to 3 inches big, apply the self-adhesive mesh tape over the hole. (A smaller hole can go without the tape). Use your putty knife to apply a generous amount of patching compound and smooth it out around the hole. If the spackling shrinks, apply a little more if necessary. Allow the compound to dry. After the compound is dry, sand the area until it is smooth. Put a little prime and paint on it and your done!

Now, if  you have a larger hole you will have to do a little more work, but still simple to do. You will need these things: stud finder, drywall knife or saw, a sheet of drywall, sand paper, a joint compound, paper joint tape, a putty knife, drywall nails, a pencil,  and of course your prime and paint.

First you will need to find the stud closest to your hole. Then you have to cut out a rectangle of drywall around the hole, including half of the width of the stud, using your drywall saw or knife.

Use your sand paper to roughen up the wall several inches all around your cut. Now you need to use the drywall you cut out of the wall as a patch to cut out a new piece of drywall. Draw a line shaping the size you need out of the drywall, and use your drywall knife to cut it out. Drywall is very easy to break apart, so just cut a slit and pop it off.

Attach your new piece of drywall to the stud in your wall with drywall screws or nails, whichever you prefer. Be careful to set the heads just below the the surface, but not too deep. You don’t want to break the paper.

Using your putty knife, apply a thin coat of joint compound along the seams. Softly press the paper joint tape into the joint compound with your putty knife. Make sure that the edges of the tape are embedded in the compound. Scrape any excess compound from the tape.

Now you must allow the compound to dry. Once it is dry spread a two or three additional coats of compound over the tape, extending about 4 to 8 inches on each side of the seam so that it blends in with the surrounding wall. Lightly sand between coating to smooth things over.

Last you paint primer over your new patch. In case the seams are still visible after it dries, simply apply more joint compound before your final painting.

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