How to Spackle A Hole In Drywall

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The term for drywall compound is called spackle. This is a semi-solid compound that once exposed to the air, will dry hard. It is commonly known as "mud" because of its consistency when it is applied. It is available in both powdered form that is mixed with water, or a pre-mixed type that is much easier to use. Virtually anyone with do it yourself experience will be able to spackle a hole in drywall.

Things You'll Need

  • Spackle
  • Putty knife
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Gently go over the hole to be patched with your putty knife. This will even out the surface and clean up the area.

  • Scoop out a small amount of spackle with your putty knife. You can now spread the "mud" over the hole and make a patch. Do not worry about any excess spackle around the hole. Allow the patch to dry for 24 hours.

  • Sand the area down until it is smooth with 220 grit sandpaper. Dried spackle sands easily, and you can either use your hand or a sanding block.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store the extra spackle in a dry cool place.
  • Do not pile on too much compound. It only takes a little to fill a hole.

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