how to fix holes on drywall?

Someone punched the drywall with a chair or something and it left a crack/hole on the wall, not very big. How to fix it? thnaks in advance.
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talkingcell wrote: Someone punched the drywall with a chair or something and it left a crack/hole on the wall, not very big. How to fix it? thnaks in advance.
Spread a little compound around the hole. Lap mesh tape over the hole. Let dry. Then apply more compound, pushing it through the mesh to build up a fairly thick coat on the backside. Sand the repair lightly when it's dry, then recoat with a wider knife. Sand when dry, then recoat with an even wider knife. Easy as pie. Tom
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tom wrote:

or if its bigger, cut out the hole, and insert some wood behind it. The wood shoudl be wider thatn the hold or taller, but not both so you can hold it while you screw into it through the existing drywall. Then cut a new piece of drywall and screw that onto the board you just screwed in. Then tape, mud, and presto.
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Plaster, a piece of cardboards, more plaster then wall liner..
I really like wall liner (but it drives union labor nuts).. it's like tyvex wall paper you can paint over..
totally unrelated.. for like really small pinholes on drywal, just hammer them a bit and they close by themselves..
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Google it. Just entered your subject line, and got 78,000 hits. Most of them, at least on the first page, where right on....
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Proactive solution: Replace all chairs with points and corners with bean bag chairs or inflatable furniture.
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On 07/21/05 02:00 am Roger Taylor tossed the following ingredients into the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:

That's all very well, but there's a lot of MISinformation on Google too (some of it originating in this very newsgroup). If somebody doesn't know how to do something, how does s/he know which of the many alleged solutions Google finds are actually any good?
Perce
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news:LzQDe.7676>> Google it.
Just entered your subject line, and got 78,000 hits.

I take your point, Perce, and realize some judgement is required, re google sources, but much advice on the web is from reputable stores and organizations, and if one prefers personal experience and opinions, Google Groups will summarize all prior newsgroup suggestions for patching walls. When I have a question, I tend to check goog. groups first, then go to the live newsgroup if there is nothing in history, or the coverage is out of date.
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A slick way to fix small holes: Cut the hole so it is square or rectangular. If it is 2"x2" after you square it up, then cut a piece of new sheetrock 4"x4". Then score a 1" wide piece around the back side of the new piece and break the rock off, but leave the paper on the big piece so that you have a 2x2" piece of rock that has 4x4" of paper on it.
Mud heavy around the edges of the new rock and a thin coat on the hole, the wall and the new paper. Stick the 2" new piece into the 2" hole and mud the outside of the paper, let it dry and then finish it as you would if you were taping it, the paper you left on acts as the tape and keeps the new piece from falling inside.
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but is the mud on the edges plus the paper strong enough to hold the patch in place? I would worry that a well-placed bang would push the patch back through the hole...
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I first saw it done on a job where sprinkler fitters were running pipes through existing walls. That was the way the drywallers patched the holes around the pipes and the extra holes where the fitters "missed". I had a renter that jumped on his coffee table, spun around to land on his couch and missed and ended up with a perfect ass sized hole in the wall above the couch. The patch is actually very strong, not as strong as the original drywall but close. Neither one will stand up to a flying renters ass however.
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With three teen-aged boys, there were always mysterious holes in the walls....
What worked for me; Stuff the hole with crumpled newspaper. Use patching plaster and a wide trowel to smoothe the surface.
Certainly not "professional', but "homeowner functional"
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wrote:

First cut the patch, slightly larger than the hole. Cut the hole to match the size of the patch. Get yourself a piece of 1/4" ply or a section of 1x2 that is longer than the hole is wide by a few inches. Spread some construction adhesive on the surface of the wood you are going to use for the backer support. Just hit the ends of the piece, outside the dimension of the hole/patch. Slide the backer piece into the hole, align it to center, pull on it to set the adhesive. At this point you can also use a couple of drywall screws to secure the backer to the good sheetrock. Place your patch into the hole, secure it to the backer with a screw or three. Tape, mud, sand and paint.

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This is exactly what I do and it works great. The key line you mention (and I am repeating in case people missed it) is "Cut the hole to match the size of the patch." Much easier than the opposite way around and this way you have a perfect fit each time.
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