fixing small hole above light fixture


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Old 09-13-16, 09:21 AM
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fixing small hole above light fixture

Hello, not sure if this is the correct place for this. But I recently had a light installed and the electrician had to access the plate, he was unaware the wall was plaster so there is a small hole maybe an inch long and a 1/2inch to an inch heightwise. The wall is made of plaster (I was told it was a newer plaster) When I look in the hole I do not see much behind and it just looks like a typical hole. I was told to buy spackle, but also read that it is different when fixing and patching a hole in plaster. Does anyone have any suggestions or products that I should use to fix this hole?

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Old 09-13-16, 10:53 AM
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Spackling is for minor thin repairs, I'd probably use a setting compound like Durabond or EasySand.
A pic would help us better understand just what needs to be done - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Old 09-13-16, 11:12 AM
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I agree, this sounds too big for spackle. I'd also be looking to see if there was any way to (reasonably) support the mud behind the hole.
 
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Old 09-13-16, 11:22 AM
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I'll post a picture later tonight when I get home.

Thank you!
 
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Old 09-13-16, 05:22 PM
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Old 09-14-16, 03:38 AM
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I'd start by removing the switch plate. There are a couple of ways to patch that. You can then either stuff some setting compound in the hole [it will take a couple applications] or use drywall tape and mud over the gap.
 
 

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