How to Fill a Hole in the Wall

How to Fill a Hole in the Wall

Basic tool kit to help you fill a hole in your wall

During your stint at your current home, you maybe had a few mishaps from time to time. Accidents happen, did a roommate get a little mad after losing that game? Did a bit of your wall come out with the nail? I won’t ask how that hole in the wall got there, but I’ll help you fill it. Time to break out the putty for the connect the dots left on your wall!

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How to fill nail or screw holes in your wall

Nail holes left behind in your wall are by far the most common kind in the house but luckily for you, they are also the easiest kind to fix. Be it from posters, picture frames, or maybe past tenants it will take you no time at all to fill and fix.

All you will need is to throw some putty in the wall. There are many different brands out there but a common one you will hear putty referred to as Spackle. Spackle usually runs anywhere from $5-$10. Spackle can be found via Amazon or any hardware store in your area. Though it is optional, you can purchase a putty knife if you don’t want to use your finger. They usually run $1-$10. Lastly, you’ll need sandpaper or a nail filer in case you use more than you think.

First, you’ll want to take your finger (or putty knife) and apply a small amount of filler to the desired hole. Once you’ve filled it, simply let it dry and lightly sand off any excess with sandpaper, or a nail filer will suffice. And there you have it, you successfully filled that pesky hole in the wall!

What about other holes?

Maybe you wish your hole was the size of a nail and not a fist. For this type of task, you will need more supplies. You will need:

  • 32 oz of wall joint compound
  • A putty knife
  • A piece of plywood (leave an inch or two extra when measuring
  • Sandpaper
  • A utility knife
  • Mesh tape
  • Four drywall screws
  • Paint that matches your wall

First, cut a square around the hole. This will round out any edges and make it easier to work with. Be careful with this part! Very gently, use your finger to dig in the hole to see if any pipes or wires are near before you start.

Second, place your plywood in the hole and make sure to pull it flush against the wall. Take two of your drywall screws and screw them into the wall.

Lastly, cut a square of your new drywall to fit the hole. Take your last set of screws and secure the drywall to the wood. Place the mesh tape over the cracks and screws and spread the joint compound over the seams. Wait for it to dry, sand to smooth it out using sandpaper, and paint it to match.

Should I use spackle or wall joint compound to fill the hole?

In your desperate search for answers, you might have run into these two products. But what are they? What makes them different? Which one do I use? Will they help me?

Well, lucky for you, there is only one simple difference! And yes, they will help you.

Wall Joint Compound is usually used for larger holes, the kind where drywall starts to become necessary. They can also be used in place of spackle if you are in a pinch, but not vise versa!

Spackle is used for smaller holes, such as nails, screws, or other minor blemishes that may stain your wall. It also drys faster, meaning you can paint over it in as little as thirty minutes. It also allows you to breathe a sigh of relief quicker too. If you are still confused about which to use or when to use it don’t be afraid to look into Spackle versus Wall Joint Compound before making your decision.

Now go fix that hole!

Hopefully, now with your nerves calmed and questions answered, you will be able to conquer those happy little accidents that plague your home. Just think, once you are done it will look like it never even happened! Are you thinking about moving? Are you in the process or know someone that is? Check out our 7 Incentives Apartments And Realtors Use That Actually Work for helpful tips to get you started on the right track!

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Evan Tovar recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing with a minor in history. When he's not working, he's at his desk practicing the art of world-building.