Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Episode 004 How to fix a hole in the wall


For this episode, I was live on the scene at my Mother's house in Nashville, Tennessee.  She had a hole in the wall that needed to be repaired, so that's what we took care of in this episode.

Now for the Quick Project Rundown (QPR).

  • PROJECT: How to fix a hole in the wall
  • STEPS: 5
  • EPISODE LENGTH: 13 min
  • DIFFICULTLY LEVEL: Level 2 Wrench  
  • MATERIALS: (1) piece of gauze mesh, (1) piece of aluminum mesh, (1) sm. container of joint compound, (1) sm. container of paint
  • TOOLS: Sanding sponge, squeegee, paintbrush, scissors

STEP 1: ASSESS THE SITUATION. The situation is that my Mother was changing the air filter on the staircase & the cover fell down making a gash in the wall.  Also, you can see that there is a dent to the right of the gash caused by her tossing a hamper down the stairs.  I've been assured that this won't happen again.

STEP 2: LIGHTLY SAND THE AREA.  Before you apply the patch, you want to lightly sand the area to knock any of the rough edges down.  Also by sanding, it creates "tooth" on the surface & that gives the joint compound something to hold on to.

STEP 3: CENTER THE PATCH ON THE WALL.  Using the aluminum mesh first, you want to cut a piece that is about a 1/4" wider & longer than the hole itself.  The mesh has a sticky back so it will adhere to the wall easily.  Press down around all edges firmly.  NOTE: Since the dent is not as severe as the hole, you don't need to put aluminum mesh over it, just the gauze.

Next, using the gauze mesh, you will lay this piece over the aluminum mesh.  This piece is about 1/4" wider and longer than the aluminum strip.  It too has a sticky back.  Press down firmly on all edges.
Here is a drawing of the patches. On the left is a diagram of the aluminum mesh & on the right is the size of the gauze mesh that would go over the aluminum.

STEP 4: COVER WITH JOINT COMPOUND. LET DRY & SAND.  Using the squeegee, spread the joint compound over the patch.  Start with a good glob (that's ok) and spread compound well past (like an 1" on all sides).  You don't want it to stay thick. Remember you don't want it to look like you repaired the wall.

After removing some of the excess compound, we smoothed everything over.  Make sure that you don't smooth it so much that you see the grid of the mesh, that means you took it down too far.  You want a nice little layer on top because you still have to sand it down smooth.

After the compound has dried (ours took about 35 min. Read the directions on the back of the container for specifics) using your sanding sponge which was 220 grit, sand over the compound.  Start on the edges and as you work your way into the middle, sand in circles lightly.  Again, you want it to be seamless with the wall.  And don't sand so much that you begin to see the gauze.  You don't want that.

STEP 5: PAINT TO TOUCH UP.  Once everything is sanded and smooth, take your touch up paint & paint over your repair work.  A couple of things.  Before you paint, take a damp cloth & wipe down the wall around your patch.  This gets off the dust & minimizes the area that you have to paint.  When you paint, use even strokes, paint in one direction, & go a couple of inches around the patch so that it will blend in nice-like.  Because the joint compound can really suck up that paint, it may take more than 1 coat.  Ours took 2 coats to look natural.
Here is a shot of the finished wall.  Where the arrows are is where the hole and dent used to be.
This project cost us $10.82 compared to the $50 that it would cost to have a handyman come out and repair the hole.  Why buy it? Let's just make that! 
Here is my niece Elisse, who was our littlest Let's just make that! Maker.  Thanks for the help baby girl.

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