The best method to use to repair plasterboard walls, sometimes called Gyprock® or Drywall, depends on the extent of the damage and the size of the hole. This guide will look how to fix 3 types and sizes of holes.
- A SMALL HOLE IN PLASTERBOARD WALL UP TO 80 MM OR 3 INCHES
- A LARGE HOLE IN PLASTERBOARD WALL UP TO 150 MM OR 6 INCHES
- A CEILING HOLE FROM A LIGHT FIXING, DOWNLIGHT OR DAMAGE UP TO 80MM or 3 INCHES
For more detailed information, refer to the Inflatafix DIY videos. Make sure you use appropriate safety equipment.
Unlike almost all other hole repair products you don’t need any sheets of Gyprock or plasterboard wall, additional power tools, saw or keyhole saw. Everything you need to fix a hole is in the handy InflataFix™ packs including quick set plaster formula, sandpaper, InflataFix™ back block system and spreader.
REPAIRING SMALL AND LARGE HOLES IN WALLS
- Remove any protruding paint and paper remnants and sand around the damaged area.
- Insert the InflataFix™ patch into the hole and inflate against the inner or back wall using your mouth or an inflation device such as a balloon pump. WALL REPAIR TOP TIP & ADVICE- you may want to inflate the balloon prior to inserting to stretch the material and make it easier to inflate once in place.
- Once the inflatable device is pushing enough pressure on to the InflataFix™ patch you are ready to apply a coat of plaster. WALL REPAIR TOP TIP & ADVICE- once inflated you should be able to tap the patch with your finger and it will not move.
- Mix InflataFix™ quick set powder following the instructions on the pack to give a reasonably dry but creamy consistency. The quick-set plaster lasts around 5 minutes after mixing, so only mix as much as you need and discard the mix once it starts to go hard.
- Apply the first coat of plaster, pushing the mixture up into the edges and across the patch until the plaster fills the hole completely. Smooth off with spreader and allow to dry for at least 5 minutes before lightly sanding. Once dry, lightly sand ready for the next coat or painting. WALL REPAIR TOP TIP & ADVICE: use a minimum of 2 coats although you may need up to 3.
REPAIRING HOLES IN CEILINGS
- Typically, you would cut around the hole to achieve clean edges. Stick the high-density polyethylene synthetic material around the outside of the wall and insert cradle inside the wall/ceiling. If there is an inner back wall the cradle may not be necessary.
- Fold the mesh in half and insert into the hole. Inflate the balloon either with your mouth or a device such as a balloon pump which creates what is known as an Inflatable Back Block ready to plaster against.
- The supplied smaller pack of quick-dry plaster mix can then be applied (up to 3 times if required), smoothed and sanded. You’re done and ready to paint!
INFLATAFIX IS GREAT FOR REPAIRING SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DAMAGE TO WALLS, SUCH AS:
Occasionally, if nails are not securely set in the centre of the joist or stud, over time a nail may pop through the plaster wall.
Scuff marks from furniture are another form of damage you may find that appear over time.
Small holes can be caused by a number of things, like a door that swings open too hard or if you have kids you’ll know accidents happen!
If you suspect there is water damage caused by a broken water line then you have some repairs to do. Once you have fixed the water line, making that your first priority, the next step is fixing the hole caused by water damage. Fixing water damaged wall is necessary not only because it looks terrible but because it made grow mould which can even be dangerous to your health
Plasterboard wall damage can be created by termites. Depending on how soon you manage to detect them the signs of damage can range from nearly invisible to obvious. Some signs of termite damage include small pinholes, a hollow sound when knocking on the wall, paint bubbling, and crumbling baseboards. Avoid this from happening by getting your house inspected thoroughly and calling a pest prevention company at the first hint of the insects.