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  • Member since
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  • From: Utah County, Utah
patching walls
Posted by mgh on Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:51 PM
I have never been very good at patching holes in my walls. Now after attempting to patch seams and injector pin holes for a couple of years, sheetrock holes seem dead simple :)
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Posted by Raualduke on Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:37 PM

Ha! Just a larger scale,that's all.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, September 16, 2013 4:06 PM

An electric hand sander helps the process.





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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:19 PM

I find that using a damp sponge smoothes the compound pretty well and minimizes the dust and debris to clean up.  You might use sand paper (or a dry-wall sanding pad) for the final coat.  

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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by waynec on Friday, September 27, 2013 1:53 PM

just the opposite anything larger than 1/20 is not good

Никто не Забыт    (No one is Forgotten)
Ничто не Забыто  (Nothing is Forgotten)


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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, September 27, 2013 7:20 PM

With that "knock down" surface on the walls in this house, it is impossible to make a bad looking patch!  Just trowel on a bit of spackling, scrape it off and paint it, and you'll never see where it was done.  If it's a larger area, you can get tubes of "knock down" spackling, again just trowel it on, scrape it with a blade leaving high and low areas like the rest of the wall, paint and done!

Unlike modeling, free-handed, sloppy work is best here!

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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Posted by seasick on Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:09 PM

How big is the hole? Fist sized?  If its big I cut down the hole to a square or rectangle fit a piece of sheet rock in and get the plaster started. I use a belt sander to even it out. I used to fix them a lot as a teen because of a clutz in the house. I kept a sheet of gypsum board in the garage and cut pieces off to fill holes as needed. Be sure that your patch is nailed into a stud.

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