Whether you buy an existing home or build a new one, at some point in your life you will likely find yourself repairing nail holes in drywall. Each time you decide to move furniture around or remodel, the decor that you had in place may not work once the project is finished.
If you want to have a blemish free wall, fixing small holes is pretty easy to do. Patching larger areas of drywall is a little trickier, but it is still something that any individual can manage if they have the time.
Fixing Nail Holes
Here is a quick explanation of what materials you’ll need and how to repair nail holes:
- Lightweight Spackle
- Putty Knife
- Small Paint Brush or Paper Towel
1. Take down your wall art and remove the nail. You may be able to do this with your fingers if not a hammer should work.
2. Now you’re left with an itty bitty nail hole that needs to be filled. Instead of taking a ton of spackle and smothering it all over this tiny hole (like most people do) just take a very small amount and put it on the end of your putty knife. You can even take some on your finger if you don’t have a putty knife on hand.
3. Fill the hole with spackle. Again, don’t coat the wall with tons of it. Instead just try to fill the hole. You can then wipe away any excess with your finger or a paper towel.
4. Make sure your wall is smooth and the hole is filled all the way in with spackle. Let your spackle dry for an hour or so. You can simply go around your place and fill up all the nail holes and then by the time you come back around it should be good & dry!
5. Now take a small paint brush and dab it over the area. You can also put some paint on a paper towel and “feather” the paint out around the hole. That way it will blend into the wall a bit better.
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Mending Larger Areas
As mentioned, mending larger holes have a few more steps and some extra materials. For example, you will need some drywall mesh tape, a scrap of drywall, a piece or two of backing, some screws, and joint compound.
You have to make sure the drywall scrap is the same thickness as the current drywall. If not, you’ll have to use a lot more joint compound to fix it or it will show a depth discrepancy.
The following video provides a visual of how to fix large and small divots in your wall:
I really like the method they show in the video for fixing holes six inches across or smaller, which was called the California patch. In addition, the method that was shown to add texture using a stiff brush was a good way to blend a small area for someone without a background in doing drywall texture.
One problem with trying to do your own patching is that you may not have access to a scrap of sheetrock or the other necessary materials. There are kits you can purchase, but because you have to let each layer of joint compound completely dry before adding more, it is a time-consuming process.
You might want to consider hiring a drywall expert or painter in Denver, as painting contractors will many times have experience in minor drywall repair. Here is a rundown of what it costs to hire out the work:
The cost of hiring a contractor to repair damage to drywall ranges between $272 and $747, depending on the extent of the damage. Based on over 10,000 customer responses, the average spent was $497. In general, if the hole can be covered with what handymen refer to as a “patch,” the repair will be a flat rate. However, regional pricing variations can also affect the cost of the repair. The most expensive part of the project is the labor. For minor repairs, expect to pay an average of $60 to $90 per hour for handyman repair, or about $50 to 75 per square foot. To make DIY repairs, the price of materials comes to around $45 for a job requiring only one 4 by 8 foot sheet of drywall.
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If you are seeing cracks in your drywall, that could be caused by the foundation shifting, which could be signs of a more serious problem. Also, if you see wet spots on the drywall, you will want to find the source of the leak and get it fixed as soon as possible as mold can form if it isn’t addressed quickly.