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notsohandymanchris

07:41PM | 01/07/07
Member Since: 01/07/07
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We are adding a bathroom onto our master bedroom and we positioned the outlets too low - vanity and countertop is taller than expected, now the drywall is up and walls were painted only to find out that outlets need to be raised 1 1/2 inches. We cut the hole and raised the outlet, but how do we correctly repair the remaining 1 1/2" x 2" hole that will be between the outlet and the soon to be installed vanity top? Will the drywall mesh/hole repair kit do the job or do we need to do something else?

fugazi48

06:20AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
probably best not to post the same question a bunch of times.

Did you keep the drywall that you removed to move the outlet up? Your best bet is to use that chunck to make up the majority of your patch. Myself, I would put a thin piece of wood across the hole in the inside of the wall and drive a few screws into it from the good drywall to keep it in place. This will give you a solid surface for the patch for less chance of cracking.

Bob has instructions somewhre on this site.
http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Repairing_Drywall--F2212.html

Billhart

07:22AM | 01/08/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
No matter how you patch it you will endup with a small lump in that area. Properly tappered and sanded it won't show up in the paint, but you will be putting the hard backsplash against it.

While you can fill the gap with caulk you will have a neater job is you skim coat the whole area. then you can use a straight edge such as the edge of a level and then and down any high spots.

One good method to do a patch of this size is to use an over piece of drywall using the paper as a "bandage".

http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Repairing_Drywall-Drywall-F2212.html

Last method.

This one shows the pictures.

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/h2patchdrywall

"PATCHING SMALL HOLES IN WALLBOARD" about 1/2 way down.
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