How to Repair Screw Holes in Drywall
Even though you told your tenants to only use hanging nails for pictures, there are always going to be tenants that use screws to hang up shelves, cabinets, and other items that they later take off the wall when they move out. This can leave 2.5 inch wide holes, or larger in the drywall. Here's the good news: it's pretty easy to fix this problem.
1. Pick Up Some Joint Compound, Spackle, and a Putty Knife.
A small container of joint compound, pressurized spackle, and a plastic putty knife will cost less than $20 in most locations. Grab these supplies and take them home. Make sure to mix the joint compound if there are fluids on the top after opening the container.
2. Press the Joint Compound Into the Hole.
You'll want to take a small amount of compound and press it directly into the hole. Continue doing so until the entire hole has been filled. Take a little more, make the compound flush with the wall, and then allow it to dry. Use a wet rag to wipe away an excess compound. Clean your putty knife. Repeat this step after the compound dries if necessary.
3. Sand Down the Patch.
If the surface of the patch is rough, then sand it down smooth. A simple drywall sanding brick can do this in a few seconds after the compound has dried. Brush away any dust.
4. Spackle the Repair.
If you don't put texture on your repair site, you will be able to see the outline of the hole caused by the screw. Match the texture with what is currently on your wall and spray a thin layer. Repeat if necessary. Allow it to dry overnight for best results.
5. Paint Over the Repair Site.
If your walls aren't white, then you'll need to paint the repair site. Match up paint colors and then cover the texture. For extensive repairs, you may need to paint the entire room or create a new accent wall. Following these steps is the easiest way to repair screw holes in drywall. Even for extensive repairs, it generally takes a weekend to do the job properly and no one will ever know that the wall had been damaged when you're finished.
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