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10:44PM | 02/27/01
Member Since: 02/27/01
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My son was playing baseball in the house and put his bat through the wall. Now there is a circle shaped hole about a foot in diameter. What is the quickest way to fix this on a very small budget? Keep in mind that this is a rental house so I cannot just hang something over the hole. I would appreciate any help.


10:02AM | 02/28/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Read the whole thing before starting.
You need a 2 pieces of drywall board that are a little larger than the hole, and the same thickness as what's on the wall. And some drywall mud and some glue. Lastly, a child's balloon. If you have to go buy them, you can get a whole sheet of drywall board and cut or break it in half to get it home, and a 1-gallon plastic bucket of mud costs 3 or 4 dollars.
It's nice to have the "perfect" set of tools, but if you have a putty knife, an old steak knife, and some sandpaper, you can get by.
1 - Cut a piece of the new drywall board in a rectangular shape a little bigger than the hole in the wall. Then lay it over the hole and mark around it with a pencil. Cut out the "marked" place on the wall so that the hole in the wall is now be the same size and shape as your piece of drywall - which will fit in the hole in a later step.
2 - Cut a 2nd piece of drywall board a little bigger than the first - 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider. Blow up your balloon to about a 5-inch diameter. (It's nice to have a couple of backup balloons in case of mistakes.) Put a bead of glue on the flat surface of the larger piece of drywall, about 1/4-inch from the edge, all the way around.
3 - Insert the balloon into the hole AND then insert the large piece of drywall so that it fits INSIDE the entire hole and the balloon is holding the piece of drywall against the hole from the inside - and so that when the glue dries, it will hold this piece in place.
4 - When the glue dries, you have a flat surface onto which to place the smaller piece of drywall, which now fits the hole perfectly. Glue it to your larger piece of drywall, which should now hold it in place, filling the hole.
5 - The remaining step is to "mud" the edges, then let the mud dry overnight and sand smooth. It might take more than one try to get it smooth and looking right.
6 - Then of course, paint. If you take a piece of the broken drywall to your local hardware, they can match the paint so you may get away with just a touchup. Or you might want to do the whole wall.
Good luck.


11:16AM | 03/01/01
Member Since: 02/27/01
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Thank You! I will try it and let you know how it works.


08:22AM | 03/05/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
The balloon trick sounds nifty, but it also seems like it is more work than necessary. Plus, the back piece could slip off the balloon. The Home Depot 1-2-3 Home Repeir book instead recommends doing the following:

1) Do the same thing with the smaller piece of drywall: cut a rectangular piece larger than the hole, trace the edge of that piece on the wall, then cut the wall to fit that piece.

2) Cut slats of one-by wood that are about two-three inches longer than the hole you just cut. Use more than one peice of wood for a large hole; one one-by-four or one-by-two will suffice for a bat hole. Insert the wood into the hole and pull it set inside the hole so you cannot remove it. Screw it into place through the drywall using drywall screws above and below the hole. (Pull on the wood to secure it as you screw/drill with the other hand). The screws hold the wood in place perfectly and provide a more solid backing for the patch piece. The wood need not (and should not) cover the hole: it only needs to provide support for the patch piece.

3) Mark the edges of the wood piece on the wall so you will know where it is when you cover it with the patch piece. Insert the patch piece of drywall and screw it, in turn, to the wood, using the marks you just made as your guide.

4) Use fiberglass mesh tape to tape over the edges for strength.

5) Then use joint compound to cover the edges and the screws. You will probably need two or more layers to get a smooth surface. Sand or wet-sponge it between coats of joint compound to get the best finish.

Be sure to prime the dry joint compound before you paint.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited March 05, 2001).]

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