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Hole in my wall

I need to repair a hole in my apartment wall before I move out and have never done that before.

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    The drywall around a small wall-mounted bathroom heater has broken edges. How do you repair a broken edge, it's not a hole, just ragged edges that show around the metal heater faceplate.


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If the hole is less than an inch diameter: use a hammer to tap the hole edge to bevel around the entire hole. Using the screen type drywall seam tape, cut the tape slightly smaller than the beveled area. Apply drywall spackle or compound to the hole, flush with the surrounding surface, then gently press in the tape evenly. Let it dry (6-8 hours), then lightly sand or wipe over with a damp sponge. Now apply a final coat of compound flush to the wall surface. Touch up with paint.

If large, say 6" or more: get a friend that does drywall to do the repair unless you have woodworking experience! Short of that respond to this FixYa and I can walk you through it.

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