The kids had a towel bar over the sink and pulled it loose. tried to use
those screws that expand abd they pulled a bigger hole. would I be better
off cutting the hole out and fitting it with a new piece of wallboard and
going through all that mess or is there a easier way.
Get a new towel bar if the trim on the old one isn't big enough to
cover the hole and mount it with a toggle bolt.
Get one of those stick on drywall patches, paint over it and mount the
old towel rack to a stud. The towel hanging on the rack will disguise
the patch next to it.
I also recently used this yellow, mesh tape for the first time. It was
great for holes that were about the size you said yours is. I think
they recommend making a plus (+) with two pieces of the tape and then
mud over it like you would over one of those sticky patches that RayV
That is what I do. You can cut a piece of cardboard slightly smaller
than the hold. Put two small holes in it, just large enough to put a
string through it so you can old the string and the cardboard in place
while filling with plaster or mud. When it dries enough, cut the
string off and finish filling hole.
Paint sticks man! Paint sticks!
I use them for a lot of patchwork among other things. Sturdy and easy to
cut with a utility knife.
Heck, if you make it long enough and can weasel it in the hole, put in 1
1 1/4 drywall screw above and below the hole and drive it below flush.
Yer gonna patch right there anyway.
Paint sticks: Freebie at Big Box.
Produce bags to put wet paint brush in on breaks: Freebie at produce
Another technique is 'mushroom patch' (sounds woodsy).
Cut a squarish piece of drywall about an inch larger than the hole,
transfer hole shape to 'non-finish' side of it, cut off the paper, then
remove the gypsum, leaving finish paper intact. Now you have a
hole-shaped patch with a half inch or so paper 'lip'. Mud up the
hole edges, insert patch, and mud over it.
Hmmm, that sounds like an idea for a 6" hole in my bathroom ceiling
(had to open it up to repair the exhaust duct). Put a (maybe a
couple of) piece(s) of plywood behind and your "mushroom patch"
rather than taping around the patch. Screw through the patch and
ceiling into the plywood. I might just try it. Thanks.
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