05:03AM | 10/02/03
Member Since: 10/01/03
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Okay, I admit, I did something dumb. I drilled some holes into my wall and they turned out to be uneven. Now I want to patch them up... how do I do so? Can I just use Joint Compound? I want it to look good.


09:21AM | 10/02/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey, we've all been there. Heck, I'm there right now!

If they're kind of small, spackling compound works quite well. I like to use a sharp razor knife and remove the torn drywall paper first. It's ok if this makes the hole a bit bigger--you don't have 'straggler' paper after the touch up. I use a putty knife to fit the situation--a 1" should work for small holes.

For bigger holes, you might need to use some fiberglass mesh tape over them--but I don't think you're 'there'.

A thornier issue is matching the texturing! This is tough. But I found some aerosol cans of "Orangepeel Texture" at home Depot...these things are great! You dial up your setting and spray it on! May not be perfect but it's probably better than trying to match your texture.

Good luck!
-k in Colorado


01:37PM | 10/25/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Yes, the texture aerosol sprays are phenomenal for matching textures on touch-ups. The are relatively expensive, but worth it. Indeed, I would suggest using them over any patch if you have texture on your walls because the spackle will usually form a visible "flat spot" in the texture.


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