Filling Holes Blog #4

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Filling Holes   Blog #4

Begin Your Project                                                                                                       You have to start somewhere so why  not start by filling holes. In Blog #4, I can help you learn how to fill holes so you  never see them after the project is done. I can teach you how to make them perfect.                                                                                               Lets get Started                                                                      I don’t want you to run out to get supplies, Just “take a look” of what you already have. For the most part, you will have some of these hanging around.

Collecting What You Have                       Before filling the holes make sure you have these items. 1. A Hammer  2. Putty knives, and trowels.  3. Joint compound.  4.  Kitchen items that a similar and useful as tools indeed can be used for the projects you are working on.

 Larger Holes                                             Joint compound is what you need to fill most holes at least the larger ones. TIP: If you find your drywall is kind of dried out, try adding some water a little at at time and keep mixing till it’s smooth.  Try to salvage it.   Above all, the mix should be somewhat like cake batter maybe a little thicker.  In fact, go ahead and try your old egg beater or spatulas from the kitchen.   You say the hole is pretty large? Then here are a couple more tips for filling holes:

Supplies That Help                             Use drywall tape or you can even use newspaper for filling holes.  In general, the best thing to use is one of those drywall mesh repair patches.   However, you can try the others first if you don’t have any or cannot afford to get some. Having the right supplies will keep you from running to the store.

 Filling holes for the first time                 My old 1940’s house has newspaper and drywall tape stuffed in all the holes that I had to repair!  These mesh items did not exist at the time when I did my first home. And until someone rips that wall out, it will never be known!! In summary, it may be very long time before they even know there were holes to begin with.

How to Begin Filling Holes                       First, you fill the hole with tape, take your joint compound and use what putty knives you have and just fill it so it’s not running out of the wall.   Please wait till it dries and then fill it again. When it is filled and level to the wall, sand it and feel it to see if it is even to the wall.

Smooth Wall                                                
If  the wall is a non-textured smooth wall, then you can take a nice moist sponge, (not wet) and use that sponge to smooth it out even more!

Textured Walls

Some walls are textured, in this case is  where you can take the sponge and dab into wet joint compound and pat it on to match what you have.  Sometimes a smaller sponge is needed. For the most part just cut a piece off the one you have.

A Purpose For The Hammer                 So, what is the hammer for?  If the joint compound is falling out, well, sometimes we just might need to make that hole a little bigger in order for it to take the compound or to put some tape in it. Give it a firm hit. Not too hard now.  Once you have those holes patched, dried and sanded, they need to be sealed before painting.

Sealing the patches                           Here is a very nice surprise for you!  “Kilzs 2” water base is the best primer, the least expensive.  I have tried many primers in the 35 years of painting and found I kept on coming back to this one!   Though it is a water base you can also use under oil-based paint and it’s for inside and outside use.

Taking Care Of The Smaller Holes         In the meantime there exist tiny holes.  please do not use wax or toothpaste. By far and large you can’s paint over wax.  Painters Putty is the best. You push it in and level it out with a finger. No need to seal.  Plus you can paint right over it. In fact there is no sanding or sealing required. If you do use joint compound, you do have to seal and prime.

Contact me:                                     If you have questions about filling holes,  or if you want to show your project to me. I would love the feedback.  Message me through email:  if you like.   Much love, keep busy, keep safe.







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