DIY Dilemmas: How to Fix a Hole in the Wall

Whether caused by a doorknob, removal of a wall fixture, or hyper children, the likelihood is that at some point, a wall will become damaged and need to be fixed. When this happens, you might be tempted to call in the professionals, but unless the whole wall is in a state of disrepair, it’s surprisingly easy to fix with a bit of DIY. It’s also a great excuse to paint and redecorate!

Small Holes in Plaster Walls

The tools you will need are: a putty or filling knife, a damp sponge, a form of filler (putty or pre-mixed cement), a ruler or plastering trowel and sand paper.

First, start by preparing the area. Gently remove any loose pieces of plaster and use your damp sponge to clean the area and eliminate dust. Using your knife, apply a layer of the filler, making sure the damaged area has been completely covered. When you are happy, use a ruler or trowel to skim the surface. Leave to dry for a minimum of four hours, sand until smooth and .

Larger Holes in Drywall

The tools you will need are: a square of drywall, a pencil, a drywall saw, two thin strips of wood, screws, an electric screwdriver, joint tape, joint compound, a trowel and sand paper. If you have not done this kind of DIY before, then you may not have the required tools, so browse Anglia Tool Centre to find what you need.

This may seem counterproductive, but the easiest method of repair is to use an off-cut square of drywall and cut the hole to fit the patch. To do this, place the patch over the hole and trace with a pencil – this will be your cutting guideline. Next, use a drywall saw and cut around the guidelines. Note: check for electrical cables before you begin cutting!

On the inside of the wall, align two small vertical strips of wood with the edges of the hole. Note: the wood needs to be slightly longer than the hole so that it can be screwed into place. After attaching the strips with screws, place the patch and screw this into the wooden strips.

Finally, apply joint tape over the borders to strengthen, then skim with a joint compound. You may have to apply another coat before you can sand to a smooth finish.


There you have it, two different methods for repairing a hole in the wall. So next time this problem arises, you can forget the professionals and do it yourself.

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