fixing holes in walls.

This seems straight forward enough, but I showed this to a contractor, and he’d never seen it done this way before.  There are any number of reasons why you would have a hole in a wall.   Moving wires, adding light fixtures, cable connections, college kids, (did I say that), and then mystery holes that you discover after you’ve moved into your new very old house.  I had my electrician add two fixtures over my bed as there is hardly enough room for a night stand much less a lamp on it that would give me enough light to read, sew or sketch in bed.  When he was done, I had seven holes of various sizes to fix.  Not a problem.

What you will need.

Scraps of wood, (you could probably use really stiff cardboard)  (I used paint sticks and pieces of wood cigar boxes.)

Some longish wood screws.  (you will use these to hold the wood in place)

Durabond 45 Powder   (ace hardware)

Bowl and paint stick for mixing

Spatula for spreading the plaster

So here are the holes, two in my bedroom, and then a massive one that was hidden in my kitchen. The inspector didn’t even see this one.



you can see that one of the holes already had a piece of wood with a screw ready to go.



ready to plaster


This is Durobond.  I am in love with this stuff.  It dries rock hard.  It also makes a mess when sanding.  Neither Lowes nor Home depot carries it.  Go to Ace Hardware.durabond 45

Cut your wood just slightly bigger than the hole.  There is no need for perfection here, as you will never see this piece of wood again.  For the small holes a single screw is adequate to hold the wood in place, the larger hole in my kitchen I used 2 screws.  Only put the screws in far enough to be able to keep a grip on the wood piece.  Next manuever the wood with screws in the hole, and make sure you can pull it up tight against the drywall with the screws.DSCN0644

Now you are ready to mix up your Durobond.  Cut a small hole in the bag, because this powder goes airborn easily.  I used a large spoon to put it in the bowl.  Add water little bits at a time, just when you think you need a little more, it will suddenly surprise you, so stir stir stir as you go.  If you add too much water, you can wait as some of the water evaporates, or try adding a little more powder.  You don’t want it to be too liquid it should grab the wood and drywall.  When almost dry, (5 to 10 minutes), you can gently remove the screws.  Your second application is to fill the screw holes, and create as smooth a finish as possible.mixed plaster

And now you are ready to do your first application



when still somewhat soft to the touch, gently unscrew the screws.



With the screws removed, wait for this application to dry and then do your second, again as smooth as you can to minimize any sanding.  You can see the kitchen “mystery hole” is ready for paint.  (And I think you can see that the kitchen is in need of serious work. . . later)

ready for paintIn this shot, you can see there is no evidence of any holes.


I think this is amazing.  Many thanks to my “go to guy” for house stuff.

It’s me, viv, becoming more fearless everyday.

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