Patch up damage done by my dog

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Old 08-18-16, 10:09 AM
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Patch up damage done by my dog

My dog for some reason decided to attack the side wall of my stairs. See picture. in 2 places, he completely got through the drywall. I included a credit card sized tap card for scale.

1. Is this easily fixable and something I can do myself? I've done lots of patching and filling, but never a complete hole.

2. What's the best way to go about it?

Thanks in advance!!!

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Old 08-18-16, 10:18 AM
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I'd cut out a square hole, insert lumber as needed and set in a new piece of drywall. You could patch what you have but you'd need to cut off the ragged paper, prime the edge of the paper and raw gypsum with Zinner's Gardz and then fill with a setting compound, embed paper over the hole. Once dry you'd add more mud as needed and sand, prime and paint.
 
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Old 08-18-16, 10:55 AM
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I've done lots of patching and filling, but never a complete hole.
I would also recommend setting type compound (hot mud). This will allow you to patch the hole by filling it with compound only and only needing two coats. There's no way you could do that with regular mud or spackle.
The hot mud is non-shrinking and I wouldn't bother with taping any edges.
 
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There's also a hole on the wall at the bottom of the riser. Between the dog's activity and the hole (assuming the dog didn't do that, too), I'd be concerned about an animal in the wall. Make certain there's not one to avoid doing the repair again.
 
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Old 08-18-16, 11:33 AM
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With that size hole it's a toss up as how you want to repair it. Marksr's or Handyione's suggestion will work.

My first dog did that but I could never catch him in the act. So I hid a video cam one time and got him red handed.
 
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But I bet your dog still refused to take responsibility
 
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Great advice - thanks! Do you by any chance have any how to video links on this?
 
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I don't personally know of any links but I'm sure if you google drywall repairs you'll find something close to what you need to do. Sometimes vids have bad advice so you might want to double check here with what you find.
 
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"My first dog did that but I could never catch him in the act. So I hid a video cam one time and got him red handed."

That's one amazing dog. I've seen plenty of dogs that scratch walls but never one with red hands!
 
 

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