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A natural by-product of a lived-in house, holes in drywall not only diminish the aesthetic appeal of your home, but larger holes can become access points for drafts, rodents, and other pests. The fix, however, is pretty straightforward. Patching a small hole—less than an inch in diameter—usually requires little more than applying a modest-size mound of spackling paste to the offending hole with a putty knife. For holes with a diameter of one to two inches, cover the hole with mesh tape, spread joint compound over the mesh, and then allow the compound to dry overnight before sanding and repainting the wall.
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