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Filling small holes and cracks in walls

What you will need

Filler – check the label to see the filler that suits your needs

PVA adhesive

Scraper or filling knife


Abrasive paper

Safety knife

These steps work best for plasterboard and for large cracks in walls. Follow these steps if you have something similar in your home.

Step 1

If you are mixing your filler from a powder add a squirt of PVA adhesive to make a smooth paste that sticks really well.

Step 2

Start by raking any loose plaster from the crack with the corner of a filling knife or scraper. With a small paintbrush, dampen the crack with water to make the filler dry slowly - this helps stop it from shrinking and falling out of the crack.

Step 3

Put some filler onto a filling knife and draw it across the hole. Press firmly until the filler comes just over the surface. Leave this to dry, and then smooth it down with medium-grade abrasive paper.

Wallpaper issues

You may also have a few issues with wallpaper in your home. For bubbles under the wallpaper simply cut them with a sadety knife and insert some wallpaper paste behind the flaps with a fine brush. Press the paper into place, then wipe off the excess paste with a damp rag.

Step 1

For opened seams between wallpaper lift the seam with a round-bladed knife and apply fresh paste with a fine brush. Then run down the seam to press the edges together.

Step 2

If the crack or hole you are tackling seems too big to cover and is causing you great concern you can always give us a call.

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