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PATCHING A HOLE IN THE WALL

Holes happen. Whether you have accidently bumped a piece of furniture on the corner, have smashed a fist into the wall in a fit of rage or have missed the picture nail with your hammer, there are a number of times when you may be looking at a big gaping hole in the wall, or even a broken window needing replacement glass. While you can cover it up with a picture or a piece of art and pretend it isn't there, you may choose to take the good tenant route and actually patch the hole. Patching a hole in the wall is actually a simple process and will leave you on much better terms with your landlord than if you simply walk away.

The first thing you will need when you are patching a hole in the wall is plaster. You can purchase this at any hardware shop. It usually comes in a small container. The plaster will harden once it is left out in the air which means you need to keep the lid on when working with this material.

Take a liberal amount of plaster and use a knife, spoon or other utensil to spread the goo into the hole and all around it. Often the plaster will come with a leveler that will help you make sure the plaster is level with the wall. It may take some time to get the right amount of plaster into the hole and smooth with the wall. Take your time - there is no rush.

Fixing a Hole in the Drywall

You may need to use a piece of sandpaper after the plaster has dried to ensure the area is completely smooth. This is the next step when filling in a hole in the wall. If the wall is already quite smooth and the plaster is settled in nicely, then you can skip this step and move on to the next one.

The final step in the process is painting over the plaster and the now non-existent hole. Make sure you use the same color of paint as the wall. There are countless different shades of white so even if the walls are white you need to know what paint color to get. Your landlord may know the exact color or at least know where he got the paint for the house. That way you can get the right match.

You may wish to tell your landlord what has happened or you may wish to just leave it. He will probably never know the hole existed if you do a good job. However, discussing your options with your landlord and telling him the truth is the honest way out of a big mess. You may need his assistance on finding the right color paint and thus will need to come clean. Telling the truth can demonstrate to your landlord how responsible you are.

Once you have found the paint color you will need to paint over the hole. Again, take your time. Put down paper underneath so that you don't spill any paint on the floor boards or carpet. Use gentle strokes and only a small amount of paint to avoid splatter and streaking.

Patching a hole in the wall takes plaster, paint and patience. If you have made a big gash in the wall, don't panic. It is fixable. If the hole is quite large (bigger than a coffee cup bottom), then you may need to talk to a handyman; this may not be fixable with plaster. Little holes, however, can easily be conquered with a little DIY know-how.

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