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Max hole size before needing to tape, or have a backer

Max hole size before needing to tape, or have a backer

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Old 02-27-18, 07:59 PM
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Max hole size before needing to tape, or have a backer

I drilled 1/2" hole in my drywall to feed a cable through when a pull wire broke. Do I have to mesh tape and feather out a 1/2" hole, or can I just fill it material, wait till it drys a little and push the material inside the hole and come back with more material?


I'm a pretty advanced DIYer, however I can't drywall to save my life.
 
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Old 02-27-18, 08:10 PM
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No, you don't have to tape a 1/2" hole.
 
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So i'm fine with just using some joint compound and it wont fall out??
 
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Old 02-27-18, 09:38 PM
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You could do the string and cut popsicle stick in the hole thing if it has a tendency to fall out the back or not adhere well...also, wet the inside of the hole with a sponge to help it grab and not dry out too quickly.
 
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Old 02-27-18, 09:42 PM
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It's going to take several coats because the joint compound shrinks as it dries. It will leave a dimple, so you patch it several times until it's smooth.
 
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