Patching So Easy A Baby Can Do It

Patching small holes can become a little bit of a headache sometimes. Specially when your hole is bigger than a penny. Most of the time your joint compound will bubble up if your hole is too big. Then you would have to tape it, wait for it to dry then throw some more compound on top of it and so on. Here is a little trick  that will eliminate the taping and skip a complete step.

Instead of using tape just fill the holes with some tissue or toilet paper then apply your compound. One coat is usually enough but sometimes a second coat is necessary to make it perfect.

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Hope this little tip helped you. If you would like to know more about drywall repair read this article.

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Hollow Core Door Easy Fix

Today I want to show you how to patch a hole in a hollow core Door. This particular hole was caused by a doorstop in which most cases it usually is. Hollow core doors are not very impact resistant so if you have hollow core doors in your home or place of business this tip will really help you save money and eliminate having to replace your doors.

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Preparation

You will need :

1 can of expanding foam such as GREAT STUFF™  (you can find this at any hardware store or Wal-Mart™)

1 tube of white  all purpose acrylic painters caulk  (you can find this at any hardware store or Wal-Mart™)

Latex/rubber gloves

Razor blade or flush cut saw

100 grit sandpaper (optional)

Door & Trim paint

Small painting Brush

 

Getting Started

To start off you want to remove all loose pieces from your doors damaged area. Shake your can of expandable foam for about 30 seconds and fill the hole from the inside of your door slowly working your way out. Be sure to wear gloves! This stuff is very intense when it gets in contact with your skin! Let it cure for as long as the label suggests. (I let this sit over night) You will see that it expands quite a bit.

 

Your next step is to use your razor blade or flush cut saw  and cut off the excess foam. Be sure to cut it back far enough so that it is not flush with your doors panel. You want to cut it back just a little because you will be applying your painters caulk over it which will then be flush with your panel. If you are having trouble cutting it back you can use a piece of 100 grit sandpaper.

 

Once you cut your foam back you are ready to apply your painters caulk. I used my razor blade to spread the caulk evenly making sure it looks smooth and the foams texture is not poking through the caulk. If that is the case you will have to cut back the foam a little more until you get a smooth finish with your caulk and let it dry before applying your second coat.

 

When you apply your second coat of caulk use your razor blade or a old credit card to mimic your doors wood grain pattern by slowly pulling your blade vertically over your caulk. This will leave a rippled imprint in your fresh caulk layer. It might take a few times but once you get a feel for it you will see it is quite simple to do but makes a big difference in your final outcome.

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Finishing Touch

After your final coat of caulk dries you are ready to paint. Any cheap paint brush will do when applying your paint just be sure to use up and down strokes to blend in your paint and match the wood grain pattern.

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Quick Fix For Annoying Nail Holes

Today I decided to eat lunch at a local Diner for a change. As I am going through the menu I  I noticed what seemed to be the owner of the Diner point out some nail holes to a waitress. He seemed a little annoyed that the workers had been hanging up flyers and such using small nails. I decided to go over  introduce myself and suggested using a piece of chalk to fill in the nail holes. This is a simple trick for anybody that does not want to use joint compound or caulk. I would not suggest using this method if you are repainting your walls but as you can see in the pictures below that the results are almost unnoticeable.

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How To Patch A Hole The Right Way

With three kids in the house things can get a little crazy and with two boys it can happen that at some point you will find yourself having to patch a hole or two in your drywall. In this case I will be fixing the aftermath of a Nerf™ gun fight.

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Step 1: Measure the hole in the wall and add 1 inch to each side vertically and horizontal. This will ensure that you avoid broken pieces on the inside and give it extra support.

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Step 2: Cut out a piece of drywall to the desired size. Make sure your piece has the same thickness as the drywall you are repairing.

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Step 3: Place your cut piece over the hole and trace it along the edges using a pencil.

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Step 4 & 5

4: With a utility knife cut along your lines using just enough pressure to cut through the paper layer of your drywall but not pushing too hard or else you will risk causing more damage.

5: Remove access pieces by pushing inwards. Be cautious again not to apply too much pressure and avoid causing extra damage. (Use your utility knife to clean up your cut edges as good as possible)

 

Step 6: Add a piece of wood from the inside as support. I am using a regular paint stirrer but you can use any solid piece of wood. To tighten the wood I used 1 1/4 drywall screws.

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Step 7: Apply drywall compound with a small putty knife making sure you cover all screws and edges entirely then spread it with a larger putty knife removing all excess compound. It is not necessary to apply too much compound just enough to cover everything as you will have to repeat this step. Let it dry over night.

 

 

Step 8: With a medium grit sanding block and a vacuum cleaner you can sand down your compound and avoid it getting to dusty. Your patch should be somewhat smooth now. Add another layer of compound using step 8 but this time it will only be a light skim coat to fill in whatever you did not get with the first coat. You can repeat this step until you reach your desired finish.

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Step 9: Your wall is ready to be painted now. Be sure to use a  coat of PVA primer (any cheap primer will do) before painting over your patch or else you will have color flashing.

 

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