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A hole in a white wall

Overview

Got a hole in your wall? At risk of losing your rental bond when it's time to move out? Don't panic, it's super easy to patch a hole, here's how to do it.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
The tools and materials you need to fix a hole in the wall

2Clean the area

This could get messy, so best to place a drop sheet down to protect your carpet. The next step is to clean up around the hole and get rid of any excess plaster – you want to make this job as easy for yourself as possible. You can use a putty knife or sandpaper block to do this. You want your hole to be clean and dry before you stick the patch on.

Using a sandpaper block to sand and clean the area

3Apply the patch

Once you've purchased the right size drywall patch (there are plenty of options available at Bunnings), peel off the backing sticker and cover the hole. Press firmly to secure it. Reinforce it by sliding your putty knife or spatula along and press it down nice and firm – you want it to be completely smooth.

Applying the drywall patch

4Apply your plaster

Grab some Smooth Coat and start from the inside of the patch and work your way out, smoothing the plaster over just like you're icing a cake.

Applying the plaster with a spatula

5Wait for the first coat to dry

Once your first coat is dry, give the area a light sand – pop a dust mask on to do this bit.

6Add another coat of plaster

Add another layer of Smooth Coat. Give it one last sand and it should look as though nothing at all has happened! Just like magic!

Applying another layer of Smooth Coat plaster

7Paint

Once your hole is repaired, you're ready to paint. How easy was that?

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.