3 Tips When Filling a Deep Hole in a Wall

A deep hole in your wall is an unsightly problem that can become worse over time. The process of repairing a hole is relatively easy and inexpensive. You will need a few basic materials and tools. The following are some repair guidelines that will help you patch up a hole.

Wall Material

Most wall holes are punched through drywall or plaster. For either of these, you will need to apply a plaster joint compound. In the case of a deep hole, the damage may have extended to the underlaying paneling and you will need to add a piece of wood or sheetrock to fill the hole as well.

Tools Needed 

Before starting, gather:

  • flat screwdriver
  • hammer
  • screws or nails

You will also need primer and a shade of paint that matches the rest of the wall. If the hole has jagged edges, use the flat edge of the screwdriver to carefully even them out. This will make patching easier once you have installed the filler material.

Hole Filler

Cut a piece of sheetrock or wood to fit into the hole. Attach it to the nearest wall studs on either side of the hole with screws or nails. If you can not easily reach a wall stud, you will need to add a smaller, horizontal piece of wood between wall studs as a soild backing for the filler material. Secure the wood or sheetrock to the studs on either side and the attached horizontal piece if you needed one. Brush your wall patch with primer, let dry, and then paint to match the rest of the wall color.