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Patching holes in sheetrock?

Sheleen Feldhaus | Posted in General Questions on

What’s the best way to patch holes in sheetrock made by hanging pictures, etc.? They’re too big to spackle and I want a nice smooth surface after I’m done.

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Sheleen,
    The smooth finish is obtained by careful application of joint compound (usually two to three layers, which are allowed to dry between applications) and careful sanding.

    Larger holes require paper tape, fiberglass tape, or a piece of drywall to make the patch. You can also buy a drywall repair kit at most hardware stores.

    More information here:

    Small Drywall Patch

    Repairing Drywall

  2. Sheleen Feldhaus | | #2

    These holes (1/4") are too small for a drywall patch and too large for just joint compound. Do they mean tape over it first? Or can I use some dowling to plug the holes and then joint compound over it? Also, it's in the bathroom, so humidity is a factor.

  3. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #3

    Sheleen,
    A 1/4-inch-diameter hole can be patched with ordinary joint compound or Spackle. No tape is needed.

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