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09-13-16, 09:21 AM   #1  
fixing small hole above light fixture

Hello, not sure if this is the correct place for this. But I recently had a light installed and the electrician had to access the plate, he was unaware the wall was plaster so there is a small hole maybe an inch long and a 1/2inch to an inch heightwise. The wall is made of plaster (I was told it was a newer plaster) When I look in the hole I do not see much behind and it just looks like a typical hole. I was told to buy spackle, but also read that it is different when fixing and patching a hole in plaster. Does anyone have any suggestions or products that I should use to fix this hole?

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09-13-16, 10:53 AM   #2  
Spackling is for minor thin repairs, I'd probably use a setting compound like Durabond or EasySand.
A pic would help us better understand just what needs to be done - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html


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09-13-16, 11:12 AM   #3  
I agree, this sounds too big for spackle. I'd also be looking to see if there was any way to (reasonably) support the mud behind the hole.

 
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09-13-16, 11:22 AM   #4  
I'll post a picture later tonight when I get home.

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09-13-16, 05:22 PM   #5  
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09-14-16, 03:38 AM   #6  
I'd start by removing the switch plate. There are a couple of ways to patch that. You can then either stuff some setting compound in the hole [it will take a couple applications] or use drywall tape and mud over the gap.


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