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Dear Angie: How much can I expect to repair three fist-sized holes in a drywall?

Dear Angie: How much can I expect to repair three fist-sized holes in a drywall?
April L. of Florida

Dear April:
Unfortunately, the type of drywall damage you describe is quite common. Homeowners often need to repair a small section of drywall instead of an entire wall.
According to experts, you can expect $ 50 to $ 75 per hole to repair drywall. The price includes material and labor. For some home improvement or drywall builders, the location of the holes can take cost into account. For example, if holes are difficult to reach because of the location high up against a wall or furniture needs to be moved, some contractors may add labor costs.

Repairing drywall for small holes is not difficult, but it takes time. Repairing drywall begins with a contractor cutting a larger hole around the damaged area. Wooden supports are installed behind the wall to stiffen the new piece of drywall and, once in place, paper or mesh tape is used to cover the seams. The contractor then covers the tape with several coats of grout, and each coat must dry completely before the next coat is applied. Once dry, the area is sanded and painted to match the rest of the wall.

DIY DRYWALL REPAIR

Could you consider a DIY drywall repair? especially when you have most of the tools you need on hand ??? To save money. If not, the tools may be worth buying in the future should another mishap occur.
You will, of course, need a sheet of drywall, a drywall knife, a mud pan, tape, a utility knife, grout, scrap wood, and sandpaper. You’ll also need a paintbrush, roller, and tray to repaint the area to match the existing drywall.
If drywall repair sounds too complicated, consider getting a professional drywall installer or handyman to mend the holes.

Some states require a permit for drywall work, especially if it is a load-bearing wall. Make sure to check the licensing laws in your city or state before making a hiring decision.
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Angie Hicks is the founder of www.AngiesList.com, a provider of consumer reviews and services. Send questions to [email protected] or tweet with #AskAngie. Follow her @Angie ?? Hicks.

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