Repair of Torn Gypsum Board Paper


What method(s) could/should be used to repair a paper tear in the surface of gypsum board?
This is not a cracked surface nor a hole in the surface, but is at corner areas of the hole in the gypsum board made for mounting a single gang electrical box. Apparently caused by careless removal of the piece removed when making the hole. It is a surface blemish as in only the paper covering.
I don't think this needs application of tape and spackle .
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My rule on this is - if the outlet cover plate conceals it then I do not do anything to it but make sure it gets painted. If it does NOT get concealed then some spackle is required but no tape.
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OKay; spackle and not joint compound.
The cover plate does not conceal the blemishes. At the bottom end of the hole, when viewing at perpendicular/level height there is a noticeable gap with the cover plate installed.
It is that gap/hole that has me considering using a mesh tape and then spackle over that. I do have a partial roll of mesh fiber tape here, left by a previous jobber. Claims to be self adhesive. I tried wetting it first and placing on a test surface area, but it did not stick at all.
I saw something called Lite Spackle at the HD that I almost brought home. I do have a tube of "painter's nail hole filler" from HD (made by Eclectic Products, Inc.). Wondering if that would adhere sufficiently ?
On 25 Dec 2005 11:27:55 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

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Vince wrote:

Do not use the mesh tape. It will be very difficult to cover on a flat surface. A piece of paper tape and a few quick coats of mud is all that is needed. If there is a 'gap' the tape will be needed. It can be filled with mud minus tape but tain't worth the fooling around.
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