When I did some joint compound patch up work to plug up some holes in
the drywall I quickly realized that it may not be smart to do so? I used
newspaper to plug up most of the hole and then filled the rest with
What are the downsides to this, if any?
If anyone applies pressure to that spot, it's probably going to fall apart.
I'm at a loss to understand why you wouldn't have either grabbed a book from
the library, or simply gone to Google and searched for "how to patch holes
The OP may have been talking about a fairly small
hole, half inch or less. I have done the same thing
myself on occasion, filling a hole left after removing
a toggle bolt or drywall screw anchor. Wad up a
little bit of newspaper, jam it in the hole tightly,
makes a nice backing for the drywall mud.
Of course, anything much bigger calls for more
conventional repair methods.
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