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patching hole in kids bedroom wall.

Postby grumpy too » Sat May 16, 2009 10:44 am

Anyone have an idea on repairing a 6"x6" hole in the wall? There is no way to get a new panel to match the old stuff "Clayton 28'x80' doublewide" made in 2000. When I called and asked about the panel I could hear them snickering at me in the background. I was new to mobile homes and have really had a steep learning curve. There seems to be no end to the cheap things that look good until you use them that they put in these things. I have tried to read all the stuff on removing battens, filling and painting and it is all clear as mud. Is there a clear consensus on the proper way to repair this wall problem? I suppose I must paint the room after the repair but will need to know just what to use to prime the wall and do I or not remove the battens? Please help an old man!!!
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RE: patching hole in kids bedroom wall.

Postby Robert » Sat May 16, 2009 10:53 am

Hi,


What kind of panelling is it ? Can you take and post a pic ? You will not need to remove the battens/strips from ceiling to floor unless replacing the whole panel.



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Postby Greg » Sat May 16, 2009 11:03 am

Grumpy, Hi & welcome. Just a thought, can you "borrow" a section from a closet?? Greg
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Postby grumpy too » Sat May 16, 2009 11:19 am

don't know how to post pics. If I cut a piece out of a closet wall haow do I cover the seams I make. Told you I was handy but not to smart.
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RE: patching hole in kids bedroom wall.

Postby Yanita » Sat May 16, 2009 1:29 pm

Hey Grumpy,

If you have a matching panel from the closet then you would replace the entire panel. Remove any trim, carefully. Then you can put the damaged panel in the closet and repair as you choose.

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RE: patching hole in kids bedroom wall.

Postby JD » Sun May 17, 2009 11:51 am

Replacing the panel as mentioned above would probably give you your best results. If you decide to just patch the hole and paint, the patch will probably always be visible, although maybe not too bad. If the existing panels have any type of texture to is like tiny screen effect or wood grain, you will lose that texture when spackling up the repair.

When I repair a 6" hole like that, I will cut maybe 4 pieces of 1x2, 10" long and "button hole those into the hole. This will leave 2" of overlap to be able to fasten it with. I use a pneumatic stapler and glue, but screws can be used. Screws can be harder to smooth out if they do not countersink. They also have a tendency to split the 1x2. Using short screws that penetrate the 1x2 by only 1/2" can help. I will put as many of these 1x2 pieces in the hole as will fit. Holding the 1x2 vertically, you can put the ones on the outsides edges in by holding it with one hand while fastening it wiht the other. When you get to the 1x2s in the middle of the hole, where there is no room for your fingers, put a sheetrock screw in the middle of the 1x2 and use that to hold it in place while fastening it. Now you have a backing that you can attach your patch to. Get it all fastened. If you used glue, be sure it is dry before covering with spackle or paint. Sand it best as you can and paint.

That is how I would fix a hole in a wall. If the hole is caused by a doorknob, I might just cover the hole with a stained or painted piece of trimmed wood and put one of those rubber wall/door protectors on it.

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Postby flcruising » Mon May 18, 2009 2:32 pm

If the hole is on the bottom section of the wall, you could always just wainscot the room and cover right over it. This was something that the Fleetwood service man did to my mother's house years ago after cutting a hole to fix a water leak. Turned out rather nice. More expensive though than the other suggestions.
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