5 steps to repairing a hole

Life happens – especially in busy households – and nicks and cracks in plasterboard do occur from time to time.

Sometimes it’s the result of furniture moves, sometimes it’s because of a change of light fitting. However, whatever the cause, holes in plaster are a problem that can be easily fixed.

Larger holes or structural issues might need a qualified tradesperson, but most small repairs can be done by a reasonably handy homeowner, with the help of Gyprock’s convenient Rapid Repair Kit, which has everything you need to repair holes up to 150 x 150mm. It also includes some comprehensive instructions.

If this is your first time doing a plasterboard repair, it’s probably also worth spending some time on YouTube looking at some videos on how to repair holes. Not only are they practical, but they will show how easy the process is. Great for confidence-building!

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The step-by-step process

Repairing a hole is simple, but it should be done carefully to ensure the smoothest end result.

Here are our tips:

  1. Ensure the hole is clean

Before you begin to patch the hole in your wall or ceiling it’s important to ensure that you’ve cleaned the area of any debris that may be sitting inside or hanging from the hole. This can be done by using a cloth or soft brush. This will ensure that the repaired wall will have a clean and polished finish.

  1. Fill the hole with compound

To begin patching the hole, simply pour the plaster into a bucket or tub and add water until you get a thick and creamy consistency. Gyprock has a wide range of DIY home repair products available, such as the Less Mess Compound range.

  1. Taping the dry compound

Once the compound has dried, lightly sand around the edges of the patched. Next, apply one or two strips of tape to cover the hole. Ensure that the tape is placed on the wall or ceiling securely and that the tape is approximately double the size of the hole. For larger holes, use plasterboard pieces included in the kit. The tape acts as a strengthening barrier and prevents cracking in the patch.

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