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Rapid fixing of a hole in a wall

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by james.bletchley, 21 Jun 2016.

  1. james.bletchley

    james.bletchley

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    Dear community,

    It began by me throwing bag against the wall in my school classroom, thinking it would land on my chair. Turns out it slammed against the plaster wall and made a golf ball sized hole (about 3cm deep). Despite it being hilarious, I quickly covered up the hole with a nearby poster, which is only a fix until someone takes the poster down...

    Here's my question: Does anyone know of a way in which I can fill in this hole and paint it in less than 1-2 hours (any faster would be fantastic even if it costs a little more) as this is how long the classroom is unattended on most days. Also any tips on matching the paint colour would go a million miles, as this will be essential in covering my tracks. :sneaky:

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

    James
     
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    I`d leave the poster up, who is going to know who made the hole ??
    If you still feel guilty once its exposed you can then tell the truth that it was an accident :eek:
     
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    Cheers for the reply Bosswhite!

    I probably should have mentioned that the class had about 20 students in it(teacher wasn't there obviously xD), all of which saw me do it.
     
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    I'd forget it, but if you get grassed up, just say you were trying to figure out a way of repairing the hole. If Teach doesn't believe you, point him/her to this thread.

    If you really do want to repair it, go to a pound shop and buy a cheap tub or tube of lightweight filler and a pack of wall scrapers - £2 should be all you need. (The filler in the link below isn't lightweight but some poundshops do sell it.) Fill the hole carefully and level it out as smooth as possible with a 50mm or 75mm scraper, which are usually the sizes in the cheap packs. Leave it to dry for a couple of days and, if necessary, add some more filler, or get some sandpaper and/or smooth off what has dried. Painting is going to be tricky because there is no real way to know what type of paint or colour is already there. Personally I would just fill it, put the poster back and leave it at that - nobody who finds it is likely to think a student has made a repair so the buck will be passed on to someone else to finish off the job properly.


    http://www.poundworld.co.uk/dept/painting-decorating_d01986.htm
     
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    Testing time then, you will be able to find out who your mates really are, those that remain "Schtum" or those that are gonna "grass" on you .
     
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    Cheers for the responses guys!

    Ok I'm just gonna fill the hole in with that filler you posted and forget about painting it xD.

    Thanks again for the help and wish me luck xD
     
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    If you do want to paint it, get a test pot of emulsion. Easy to carry, brush is fitted to inside of lid.
     
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    Be sure to use the LIGHTWEIGHT filler. The tub is much lighter to lift, so it's easier to find it in the shop.

    This will ensure you can fill the hole rapidly in one go, without all the filler slumping forward. If you're trying to fill a deep hole in one go with ORDINARY filler you will NOT be happy as it will slump.

    The Lightweight stuff dries quicker too.

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    Or, as it it's the size of a golfball, buy a square electrical fitting, like a single gang blanking plate, and STICK it over the hole, with a decent adhesive.

    This will take seconds, and will look like it's meant to be there.

    As it only takes a few seconds to fit, there's less chance of anyone seeing you doing it. Just put it on straight and no one will know. Teachers are so thick they won't notice.

    But the main thing is don't worry about it. Schools get knocked about. If anyone grasses you up it will be you who can feel superior. Not the git who may grass you up.

    (B&Q open at 7am in summer I think.)
     
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    You know what I reckon?

    I think it's from a teacher, not a pupil!!
     
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    @sparkwright

    I was considering mentioning a blanking plate in my first post, but then thought about it looking odd without screws if it was just stuck to the wall, although it would be a much easier 'fix'.

    That's a very important point about the lightweight filler, which is why I recommended it, but failed to mention the main reason why! :oops:
     
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