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Do It Yourself or Not: Repair textured drywall

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

Repairing a hole in a knockdown finish, also called textured paint, is a challenge because it's not easy to replicate the surface texture to match when the repair is completed. These holes can be in a wall or ceiling, resulting from a wayward doorknob that bangs into a wall or from a hole left from replacing a light fixture or home electronics. Whatever the reason, there's a solution to fix the damage without a lot of time or money.

The repair is easy, even for a first-time DIYer. It involves cleaning out the hole, applying patching compound to fill the hole and sanding it smooth. If it's a deep hole, more than one coat may be needed to build up the repaired area to be flush with the surface surrounding it.

When the hole is repaired, use a Drywall Repair Tool to match the texture of the surface around the repair. The tool is a template that comes in one of three textures: fine, medium or heavy. Place the template over the patched area and apply the compound, then remove the template to let it dry. When the compound is dry, lightly sand the area to blend in with the surrounding surface. You'll need your own putty knife and sandpaper to do the job.

A handyman will charge $210 to make the repair, which includes labor and material, but you can buy the materials for $40 and save 81% by doing it yourself. To watch a video of how the repair tool works go to www.drywallrepairtool.com.


Pro Cost: $210 -- DIY Cost: $40
Pro time: 2.6 -- DIY Time: 3.5
DIY Savings: $170- -- Percent Saved: 81%


To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.



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