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Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

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Question:

How can I fix a hole in the drywall beside an outlet? Can I use expandable foam to fill, then finish it with drywall compound?

Answer:

If it's an exterior wall it would be good to fill the space with some type of insulation before patching. Then you will need a patch kit (available at any home improvement center). The patch kit will include either a paper tape drywall product or a mesh tape. Cover the area of the hole with the patch, and go a little farther beyond the hole to ensure that the patch adheres to the wall. Most of the mesh tapes have a sticky back and are applied to the wall, then compounded. The paper tape usually requires a thin layer of joint compound on the wall to press the paper patch into. Then just do three thin coats of joint compound and feather it out from the hole so it blends into the wall and can be lightly sanded and painted.

Answered by: Travis Blake, Certified Remodeler, NARI

About Travis

Travis Blake is a certified remodeler with NARI who has been working in the remodeling industry for 22 years. He currently is the project manager for Maine Properties, Inc., a successful remodeling and property management company in Scarborough, Maine. Travis is a nationally certified door and window installer in addition to his considerable experience in all other aspects of remodeling.

Travis supervises extensive remodeling projects including major kitchen and bath renovations. Years of experience, a commitment to promoting the highest standards of quality, and a dedication to industry education make Travis a great resource for your remodeling questions and concerns.

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