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How to repair a hole in plasterboard

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Small to medium holes in plasterboard or Gyprock can be easily fixed without needing to bring in a professional plasterer.

In this video, we will be going over the process for repairing any small to medium holes in plasterboard.

To complete this maintenance project, you will need:

  • Premixed topping compound
  • A joint knife
  • A Utility knife
  • High grit sandpaper or sanding mesh
  • A roller or brush
  • Wall paint, to match the existing
  • And For larger holes, up to 10cm in diameter, plaster repair mesh can be purchased, to suit the size of the hole

Smaller holes

To start off, let’s discuss the solution for small dents and chips.

  1. First, remove any loose material, then use a clean joint knife to push topping compound into the hole.
  2. Once filled, lightly taper the material around the hole, roughly 5-10 centimetres from the edge.
  3. Allow to dry before sanding to a smooth, flat finish.
  4. Apply a second coat if needed, otherwise, you’re ready to paint.

Larger holes

Now, let’s review the process for filling larger holes.

  1. First, remove any excess plaster or chipping paint, wiping away any dust or debris.
  2. With the hole free of loose material, apply a repair patch, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For this example, we will be using the Hyde wet and set repair patch, which requires the patch to be damp, then applied over the hole, ideally extending 3cm past the edge.
  3. Once dry, topping compound is spread over the patch, in a smooth and even manner. Taper the material past the edges of the patch.
  4. Wait 24 hours until the topping compound is dry, then, sand back any excess material, creating a smooth, flat finish. If needed, apply a second layer of topcoat.
  5. The repair is now ready for painting.

Home in Place tenants please refer to your residential tenancy agreement to see if this type of maintenance is your responsibility.

For holes in plasterboard / Gyprock that are larger than 10cm, it may be best to call in a professional.

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