Let a Los Angeles handyman fix a hole in your wall

As perfect as you may try to keep your home, there are any number of events that may leave holes in a wall, including moving pictures from one spot to another or other mishaps.

Options for repairing holes vary, depending on the size. Some you may be able to tackle yourself, while others are best left to professionals. A Los Angeles handyman can help repair holes in the wall as well as other household tasks. If this is better left to a professional, sign in to Angie's List find listings of highly rated service providers near you.

Puncture holes
For tiny holes left by picture hooks or screws, use a putty knife and fill the hole in with spackle. Spackle is fairly inexpensive and can be found at any home improvement store.

Make sure you get enough in to fill the hole and make even with the wall. When dry, sand away the excess spackle until the wall is once again smooth. Repaint the wall as necessary.

Holes three inches or less
For a hole less than three inches, you can buy a patch kit at your local hardware store.

Patch kits typically come with thin wall patch and all the tools needed, except for paint. Just position the patch, apply the joint compound and allow it to dry. Once it’s dried, sand the area smooth, wipe away the dust and finish with a couple of coats of wall paint.

Holes larger than three inches
Larger holes may require the need of a professional. Los Angeles Angie's List members searched for handyman services more than 1,600 times during August 2011. Sign in to read reviews of recent service experiences to help determine which handyman is best suited to fit your home improvement needs.

However, if you have intermediate or advanced handyman skills, follow these drywall repair instructions:

  • Cut a square piece of drywall a little larger than the hole.
  • Enlarge the hole and give it a regular shape so the drywall patch will fit by placing the precut patch over the hole, tracing its outline and cutting the wall along the marks with a utility knife.
  • Cut two pieces of small scrap wood a few inches longer than the width of the hole to serve as backing for the patch. Space the pieces of wood apart spanning the hole. With drywall screws, attach the drywall into the wood.
  • Cover the seams with mesh drywall tape then apply a first coat of joint compound with a putty knife over the mesh. For a smoother finish, apply thin, wide coats rather than one thick layer. Let dry overnight. Sand and then apply two more coats, sanding between each application, and allowing each to dry overnight. Sponge away dust.
  • Depending on the color of your wall and how long it’s been since it last was painted, you may need to paint the entire wall. Also, you may want to consider this a good time to change the color.


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