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Home Repair help!?!??!? Busted hole in wall...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckStocksHere, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    Okay..so this morning....my anger got the best of me and I punched a hole through the wall.....

    now I must pay for my idiocy...

    problem is....I'm not good at repairing "the house". I guess the wall is drywall and the punch kind of caved in the wall in a roughly, if I remember right, 1 foot by 1 foot area. Maybe a tad bigger....hard to recall.... as I was pissed...

    Anyway.... I could see through the wall and I think it was drywall (?) .. I saw some studs back there and some wiring and junk....

    my question is how the frick do I fix this mess I made. My wife is probably still steaming..so I need to get this done pronto....

    Anyone have any advice or can anyone point me to a good repair website that shows or details how to do it?!?

    mucho appreciated.
     
  2. tsteele316

    tsteele316 Mr. Such and Such

    two words:

    Duct Tape.

    if the wall was white, get some white out and duct tape and have at it.
     
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  3. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

  4. HoltWVU75

    HoltWVU75 Buckeye fan for one saturday in late November.

    If you have a small piece of drywall anywhere, you can cut that to fit the spot. If not, take a peice of cardboard. Cut the piece a tad bit bigger than the hole. what u want to do is glue that piece of carboard INSIDE of the hole. so squeeze it in there, and glue around the edges of it. u might poke a hole in the cardboard and stick ur finger in there to hold the piece in place while the glue dries. after that...get some DRYWALL MUD or caulking compound. fill in the area nice and thick, smooth it out. once it dries, u can sand it down wo that its even and smooth. then paint over it.

    Hope that helps
     
  5. Deety

    Deety Senior

    Build a niche. Cool! Plus, then you can say that was the plan all along. :)
     
  6. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    Problem is..it really isn't "just" a hole.... its more like a whole and all around the sides are caved in....i.e cracked and smashed..and barely hanging.

    I guess I could cut that all out..which would probably leave a gaping hole about 2 x 2

    questions though.....how sturdy will that 2 x 2 patched hole be? Is that drywall mud real hard after solidifying? I don't want someone to lean against it and then accidentally put there elbow or hand through it....
     
  7. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Why don't you just call someone to fix it?

    If you don't know what you are doing and try fixing it yourself, it could turn into a real clusterfuck.
     
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  8. You might want to cut the hole big enough so that you at a stud so you can nail the new piece in then finish it. Do you have a stud finder ? If not they are only 5-10 bucks then go from there. Heck you can probably reach in the hole to find the studs! LOL!! Easy fix....
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2005
  9. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    yeah..that'll go over REAL well.... hey honey...not only am i dumbfu#! but now I am going to shell out 200 bills to get our wall fixed.... you ok w/ that babe?

    (sound of slap to my face)

    huh?? :confused:
     
  10. jcfiesta

    jcfiesta Rookie

    Colgate! squeeze a few tubes of toothpaste into the divot and smooth with a butter knife. If the wall wasn't white paint over the dried paste. Plus your wall will smell minty fresh which will mask the smell of your flatulance around your wife.
     
  11. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    That may be better than you're piece of shit attempt at being Bob Vila. Seriously man, drywall stuff isn't easy to make look like it did originally. Don't forget all of the sanding you'll have to do too. That's a mess.

    BTW, what made you so angry to put your fist through the wall?
     
  12. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Exactly correct.... you need to make the hole bigger so you can fix the new drywall to the studs. You'll need some mesh tape and some drywall mud... as well as a spackle knife. Square up the hole, make it big enough to span the studs (16" on center, usually) tape it up (All seems need mesh tape - unless you're in a corner, and then you use corner tape (insidecorner) corner-bead (outside corner)), spackle no less than three times, sand paint. Oh, you also need drywall screws. 1"1/4 or 1" 3/8 I forget.
     
  13. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I patched a hole that a former roommate made in my wall with an old Britney Spears cardboard cutout. That and some drywall mud covered it right up.
     
  14. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    My wife. yeah. Isn't it grand how this works.... She got mad at me for something I didn't do ..I got mad at her for yelling at me....I punch wall...now I have to answer to her..when she was the very reason I punched the damn wall in the first place...

    hey....maybe I'm onto something..... bizotch better fix my wall!!!!! lol

    gracias
     
  15. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    Just cut out the hole and surrounding area out.

    Make sure you out a hole big enough to replace all the area that was broken/cracked. You can then just cut a piece to fit the hole(you'll have to find some drywall).

    Ideally, you'll be able to attach to the studs using drywall screws. If you have to, you can cut the hole bigger to get to a stud. Attach the piece to the stud, and fill in the cracks all the way around with filler.

    After the filler dries, just sand it smooth and re-paint. It really is simple.

    After it's fixed, get a LLoyd Carr doll that you can hit next time you get po'd.
     

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