How to repair holes in plasterboard

How to repair holes in plasterboard

Are you looking to move out of your current house soon but need to cover some holes left by fitting shelves on the drywall? Perhaps your kid was playing football in his room and now a hole in the wall has magically appeared? Maybe you created a beautiful gallery wall with all your favourite picture frames but now want to sell the house and need to fill holes left by the picture frames?

No matter why you have holes in plasterboard, no matter how they go there… Today, to help you make your drywall look brand new once again by explaining how to repair holes that might or might not have “magically” appeared.

Good to know.

Before you get started, it’s important to lay protective sheets to cover the floor and furniture plus, turn off any radiators in the room so that the plaster doesn’t dry too quickly. If you ever need an extra pair of hands during this task, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our decorators in London can repair plasterboards, fill cracks in walls, fix ceiling cracks, paint rooms and much more.

What you’ll need:

    • Stud finder
    • Measuring tape
    • Pencil
    • Retractable knife
    • Spirit level
    • Plasterboard pieces
    • Screw
    • Adhesive
    • Plaster repair filler
    • Trowel
    • Sandpaper
    • Paint

Draw a rectangle shape around the hole.

Use a stud finder to check the area around the hole to ensure it’s safe to cut through the plasterboard. You’ll need to draw and cut out a rectangle or square around the hole. Use the measuring tape to make sure the shape is even. Cut the shape you have marked on the wall.

Cut plasterboard piece to size.

Mark the measurements of the rectangular/square shape onto a piece of plasterboard. Add an extra 25mm on top and bottom of the plasterboard piece and cut with a retractable knife. Push a screw through the middle of the plasterboard piece.

Apply plasterboard piece to the wall.

Apply adhesive to the 25mm extra on top and bottom of the plasterboard piece. Slide this through the hole in your wall and into position. Pull the screw towards you to help create a strong bond between the adhesive and the surface. Once it has dried enough, you can push the screw into the wall. Leave it to dry completely.

Apply plaster repair filler.

Mix a plaster repair filler according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply filling into the hole until the gap had been fully filled. Use a trowel to get the surface as flat as possible. Let it dry.

Smooth it out and paint.

Use sandpaper to create a smooth and level finish. Finally, paint the surface to match the colour of your wall.



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