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Fix a Hole in the Wall

We all have dents or holes in our walls, and it couldn't be easier to make small repairs yourself.


  • Adhesive mesh tape
  • Scissors
  • Spackle knife
  • Premixed all-purpose joint compound
  • Mesh sandpaper
  • Damp rag
  • Primer


  1. Step 1

    Pick off any loose paint or drywall around the hole with your fingers.

  2. Step 2

    Cut and place a patch of adhesive mesh tape to cover the hole.

  3. Step 3

    With a spackle knife, apply a thin coat of premixed all-purpose joint compound, covering a generous area around the tape.

  4. Step 4

    Let dry for a couple of hours.

  5. Step 5

    Sand with mesh sandpaper.

  6. Step 6

    Wipe down with a damp rag.

  7. Step 7

    Reapply, if necessary.

  8. Step 8

    Prime area before painting.

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008