How to Repair Minor Drywall Damage

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Drywall can often incur minor damages from attach points for wall fixtures or nail holes. Use toothpaste or spackling to fill in minor drywall holes with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about how to repair minor damage in dry wall. Now we're talking about minor damage, we're talking about something like this where we have an old attach point for a wall fixture or a mirror or a picture or something that went up on the wall or minor nail holes. Now a good tip for just doing nail holes, probably repainting is actually get yourself a tube of toothpaste. And you can use the toothpaste to fill in those holes. And if it's a you know, a white paste that's typically better. That toothpaste will actually dry and give you a good surface to paint over for that. So that's just something you can use just for something around the house. Now if you got some larger areas then a good light weight spackling is useful to have around and good for that. And that's what we use for this particular case. And this is an old attach point that we had, and old anchor. So what you want to do is you want to just take a scoop of your lightweight spackling and you want to press it in to the area. And typically anything that we repair like this is going to be sitting down below the surface. So what we want to do is we don't want to have to do a whole lot of sanding when we use this lightweight spackling. So when you fill it in and you just scrape across and then any residual you can just kind of rub away. But now what we need to do is we need to let this dry for about ten to fifteen minutes with the lightweight spackling. And in some cases maybe you should just take something like a two twenty grit sandpaper or a three hundred grit sandpaper, something really fine, and just lightly sand over this area. But in most cases when you're doing minor repairs you're doing a good job of just filling it in and then smoothing it off with your putty knife or with a plastic scrapper. You ought to be able to get a smooth enough finish. Now you're ready to paint over this. Now if it's a larger repair you might want to hit this with a little bit of primer and then come back with your paint and that'll keep from any shadowing coming through your paint. Otherwise you may have to put two or three coats of paint over any kind of a repair, even something this small. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to repair some minor damage in drywall.

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