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How to Get Your Walls Smooth

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Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Fixing Large Holes in Walls

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Prepping Your Walls for a Paint Job

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Readying Your Room For Painting

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3 Problem Door Solutions

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Toilet Tweaks That Save Money

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Basic Toilet Repair

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Fast Nail Pop Fixes

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DIY Squeaky Floor Fix

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Simple Splatter Fixes

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Tricks To Tape Trim

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Caulking Gaps For Smooth Seams

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Keeping Home And Self Paint Free

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Neat Painting Prep

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Taping Trim For Clean Lines

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Prepping Woodwork For Paint

Picture Perfect Walls For Painting

Picture Perfect Walls For Painting

 Readying The Walls and Floors

Readying The Walls and Floors

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Perfect Painting Prep

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Painting Over Existing Wall Coverings

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Varnished Trim Painting Tricks

 Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

Textured Ceiling Painting Tips

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Painting Clean Corners On Textured Walls

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Tackling Tough Painting

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Priming Bare Wood For Easy Painting

Simplify Color Change With Primer

Simplify Color Change With Primer

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Priming Glossy or Non-Porous Surfaces

Priming Fresh Drywall and Wall Repairs

Priming Fresh Drywall and Wall Repairs

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Using Primer To Undo Stains

Paint Perfectly With Primer

Paint Perfectly With Primer

Painting an Exterior Steel Door

Painting an Exterior Steel Door

Painting a Raised Panel Interior Door

Painting a Raised Panel Interior Door

Painting a Flush Interior Door

Painting a Flush Interior Door

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Prepping a Door to Paint

Top Door Painting Tricks

Top Door Painting Tricks

Painting Walls Using a Roller

Painting Walls Using a Roller

Painting Walls - Edging with a Brush

Painting Walls - Edging with a Brush

Painting Walls - Masking Tape

Painting Walls - Masking Tape

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Painting Walls - Prep Tips

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Painting Walls - Equipment

Painting Walls - Beyond the Basics

Painting Walls - Beyond the Basics

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3 Quick Fixes for a Door That Won’t Stay Closed

Cut a Door The Goof-Proof Way

Cut a Door The Goof-Proof Way

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Remove a Heavy Door Without Breaking Your Back

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

Fix a Sticky Door the Easy Way

Five-Minute Door Fixes

Five-Minute Door Fixes

Fixing Stair Squeaks

Fixing Stair Squeaks

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Squeaks Under Hardwood Floors

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Floor Squeaks From the Underside

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

Fixing Squeaks Through Carpeting

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

How to Fix Floor Squeaks

Toilet Repair - Replacing the Flush Lever and Flapper

Toilet Repair - Replacing the Flush Lever and Flapper

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Toilet Repair - Replacing the Supply Line and Shutoff Valve

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Toilet Repair

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Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Wall Cracks

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Medium Sized Holes in Walls

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Fixing Small Holes and Nail Pops

Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

Tools and Gear for Wall Repairs

How to Get Your Walls Smooth

How to Get Your Walls Smooth

Roofing System Basics

Roofing System Basics

Attic Ventilation Tips

Attic Ventilation Tips

How To Choose Roof Shingles

How To Choose Roof Shingles

Common Roofing Problems

Common Roofing Problems

Choosing Roof Shingle Style & Color

Choosing Roof Shingle Style & Color

How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

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Power Tool Maintenance

How To Clean Your Gutters

How To Clean Your Gutters

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Choosing A Deck Stain

How To Prep A Deck For Resurfacing

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Fixing Large Holes in Walls

Ken Collier, editor at the Family Handyman Magazine, shows you how to repair a large hole in your wall.

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Ken Collier: Hi! My name is Ken Collier and I am an Editor at the Family Handyman Magazine, the number one brand for do-it-yourselfers. Today, I am going to talk about how to repair a large hole in your wall.

Now to do that we need a large hole, right and since I am on a studio set and not in somebody's home, I am just going to make one. Here it goes. The first step is going to be to draw a square around our hole with a couple of inches to spare in every direction. It doesn't have to be perfectly leveled but it should be good and square.

The next step is going to be to cut out the hole and for that, I will use a drywall saw. So to start off, you can just pound the point of the drywall saw in and cut a nice square hole. Before you begin cutting across the stud cavity, it is good to reach in and see if there is any electrical, just to make sure you don't cut anything. There we go a perfect hole.

Now you might want to keep this piece for later. The next step is to install a backer board, a piece of one inch pine or a plywood, couple of inches longer, top and bottom than our hole and to screw the drywall to the backer board. When you are installing a drywall screw, you want it to go below the surface of the drywall, but not so deep that it breaks the paper that's on the surface of the drywall. There, now we are ready to install our patch. What we will do next is to cut a piece of drywall to fit this opening.

To cut your drywall patch you have two options. The first is to use a tape and a framing square and measure your opening, mark it out on the drywall and cut it. The second and faster way, if you are lucky enough that the piece you cut out is still intact is to simply trace around that and that's what I am going to do.

Now to cut drywall, it is a two step process. First you want to score the paper on the top surface with a utility knife, snap it and then cut the paper on the back side. Snap it and then cut the paper on the back.

When you fit your patch, you may find that it is slightly oversize. If that's the case, use a drywall rasp or a surform tool for a perfect fit. It is just a few screws is all you will need to fasten your patch in place.

Our next step is to apply adhesive fiberglass mesh tape to the joints. It is pretty simple. You just stick it on and cut it. Now we are going to apply mud on top of the tape. Once the first coat is dry, it is time to apply the second coat. First, I would like to scrape off the ridges and bumps with a broad knife. Now it is time to apply the second coat.

Our second coat is mud is now dry and it is time to apply the third and final coat. Again, I will begin by scrapping off the ridges and bumps with a broad knife. There, now let's apply our third coat of mud. When your third coat is applied, you can let it dry overnight and it is time for sanding.

Once again, I will begin by scrapping the bumps and ridges off. Now I am going to sand using a sanding block designed for drywall and a mesh sanding screen that is very fast. I am paying particular attention to feathering the edges out on the drywall so it will be undetectable under our final coat of paint.

Now with a slightly damp rag, does soft the patch and it is ready to prime. Priming is a key step that's often omitted. The reason you have to prime is that if you painted right over your patch, there would be a slightly different level of gloss over the patch that would be quite noticeable; a problem called flashing. So to prevent that, we are going to prime over the patch and then paint.

Voila! A completed wall patch, primed and ready for your final coat of paint.