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Oh no - you have just made a huge dent in your drywall. What do you do now? Holes in the drywall are actually quite common and happen in a number of different instances. Moving furniture, energetic dogs playing or rough housing with the kids can often lead to a chair or even a leg in through the drywall. This is not the end of the world. You can easily repair minor and major holes in the drywall with the right tools and the right techniques.

When it comes to fixing any hole in the drywall the first thing you need to do is gather the materials. You will need a tape measurers, a scrap piece of wood, a drywall patching compound, paint brushes, primer and paint (in the color of the wall), scissors, putty and a putty knife, a thin wire, an awl and a clean tin can lid. You may also need a keyhole saw. You can pick all of these items up at any home depot store. Just bring in the list and ask for help if you cannot find items.

Drywall Hole Repairs

When it comes to fixing a small drywall hole, such as one caused by a door swung too hard or a sole of a boot through the wall, then you will need to follow four steps very carefully. First of all, you will need to get your tin can lid and the keyhole saw. Use the keyhole saw and cut out a slit in the wall on each side of the hole. You will use the lid as the filler for the hole.

To put the tin can lid in place, use the awl to punch the two holes in the lid and then use a piece of string or wire, whatever you have, to go through the holes. Carefully lift the can into place behind the hole.

To keep the lid in place you will need to use the piece of wood. Hold in over the hole on the outside of the wall and twist the wire tightly over and around the stick. This should ensure that the lid is firmly in place.

Now, it's time to cover up your handy work. Using the putty knife, apply the drywall compound over the hole and against the backing and the stick. Get the drywall all over your handy work but try to avoid the wall as much as possible. You don't have to even the drywall out right away. Rather, let it dry for at least a full day.

Once the drywall is dry, you can cut the string and remove the stick from the wall. You may need to sound down the drywall to match the rest of the wall. Finally, use the primer and the paint to cover the drywall and admire your handy work. The hole should be completely gone and the area should be smooth and unnoticeable.

Repairing dry wall holes takes a little time and patience. However, with this being said, you don't have to throw in the towel and accept that an eviction notice is on its way. With the right tools and a careful technique, you can have this easily corrected without your landlord even knowing. If you are concerned with repairing the hole yourself, there are professionals that can do the job for you. Or, even better, ask your DIY handy friend to come over and give you some help in exchange for a little bit of money or a carton of beer.

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