A small hole in your wall is a problem that you can fix. If you are renting an apartment, and want to get your security deposit back, then you should definitely take the time to patch the hole. If you own your own home, then you will have to decide between hiring a professional and tacking the job yourself. Below are a set of instructions and a list of the tools necessary for the job. It is a relatively simple procedure that most people can do themselves.
What You Need
Why Use Joint Compound?
If you have never used plaster before, you might think it odd to add joint compound to the equation. However, there is a good reason. If you use straight plaster of Paris, you have a very short amount of time to work before it hardens. So, a trick that many plasters use is to mix joint compound with plaster of Paris. The joint compound slows down the setting time of the plaster.
Step 1: Attach The Mesh Screen
The first thing you should do is attach the mesh screen over the hole. This will be used to hold the plaster mix. You should look for a mesh screen that has an adhesive backing.
Step 2: Mix The Joint Compound, Water and Plaster
The container of plaster will have instructions on the correct ratio of water to use. Add the plaster powder to the bucket, then add the correct amount of water. Next,add twice as much joint compound as plaster. You should use a 2:1 ratio in favor of joint compound. This will harden slower then regular plaster and will give you time to smooth out the edges.
Step 3: Apply The Mud
The mixture of plaster, joint compound, and water is referred to as mud. Take your hawk and load the mud onto it. Then, take your trowel and use it to apply the mud to the mesh screen. You should cover the entire mesh screen and blend it over the existing wall.
Step 4: Smooth Down The Surface
Try and make the mud as smooth as possible using the trowel. When it is as smooth as it will get, take the sponge and soak it in water then wring it out completely. You don't want any liquid left in the sponge because it will ruin the mud. The sponge must only be damp. Then, make a gentle pass over the mud with the sponge. This will create a very smooth and even surface.
Your hole is now patched. All that is left to do is paint the wall. For assistance doing plaster repair, talk to a professional.
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