OH no my doorknob made a hole in the wall!
There are a lot of different kinds of holes with different solutions. Today’s blog deals with a quick easy way to repair a hole created by a door knob punching through the wall. This is usually the result of not having a door stop to… stop this from happening.
If you do not, in fact, have a doorstop than let’s start this project by installing a simple inexpensive door stop. I like the ridged type more than the springy type as they do not move when the door is slammed open.
- Patch the Hole I usually use a four inch metal patch for this type of damage. If you have a huge door knob hole these patches come in six and eight inch sizes as well.
- Put down some masking paper under the hole you will drip and you will create dust so be ready for that.
- Using Fast Set Lite 20 patching compound to apply a thin coat of “mud” (industry name for what you just mixed up) around the hole. This product or a similar product is mixed with water and allows for easy sanding.
- While this is still wet affix the patch over the hole. Let this first step dry, about a half hour
- skim coat over the entire patch. Don’t try to keep this real small, go out at least three inches around patch. This actual helps prevent a bump in the wall as it fades the edges of the patch into the existing wall.
- Let that first full coat dry about a half hour, sand it smooth.
- Repeat the process once more, each coat should be thinner and slightly larger than the original.
- Sand that final coat, If the wall is smooth your done.
- If it has a texture use orange peel or knock down texture from a spray can to match the existing appearance of the wall. Look at the picture on the cans to decide what matches best.
- Once that dries carefully drag your drywall knife across the texture to remove any high points in the texture.
Congratulations you are ready to paint!