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I Need You Like a Hole in the Wall

Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Dave!Home renovations on your own is a lonely, tough game to play.

It doesn't help that I totally have no idea what I'm doing and have to figure everything out from looking at YouTube videos.

One of the bigger challenges I've face so far is that I've got huge chunks missing out of my kitchen wall. The contractor who built the kitchen used warped boards for the backsplash. Instead of finding boards that weren't warped, they used a ton of glue... and some metal flanges pounded into the wall to flatten things out. When I removed the backsplash, the wall came with it...

Jake the Cat sitting in front of huge chunks torn out of my kitchen wall.

The holes were way too big for spackling paste. My first instinct was to just cut out the damaged areas and patch with new drywall. THAT I know how to do. But sheets of drywall board won't fit in my car, so I had to wander the aisles of Home Depot until a solution presented itself. Fairly quickly I came across cans of GREAT STUFF BIG GAP FILLER. I found an employee and asked them if I could just squirt it at the wall and use a putty knife to fill the holes. That was apparently hilarious, and they had to explain that gap filler expands into gaps and wasn't something I could use like spackling.

I bought it anyway because GREAT STUFF BIG GAP FILLER sounded like it could be made to work somehow. There were big fucking gaps in my wall, after all.

My solution? Use cardboard backed with wax paper stapled to the wall, poke holes in it, then pump the gap foam into the cavity behind my makeshift wall mold. With any luck, the foam wouldn't stick to the waxed paper and I'd be good to go. Home Depot guy was right about one thing... the stuff expands like a herpes outbreak. I barely squirted anything in there and it came gushing out of the holes immediately...

Foam spilling out of my cardboard forms stapled on the wall.

Foam spilling out of my cardboard forms stapled on the wall.

The next morning I pulled the cardboards off the walls and it worked like a charm...

Foam perfectly patched in my wall holes.

Foam perfectly patched in my wall holes.

Once dried, the stuff is pretty darn tough! Actually felt stronger than drywall. I used a hacksaw blade to trim off the excess, then filled the bubble holes with spackling...

Spackled holes.

After sanding it down I was left with a perfectly flat surface that I can eventually tile over. Sweet!

Finished wall repair.

I decided that I didn't want to tile on the wall that came out from under my cabinets because I thought it would look weird. So after using the BIG GAP FILLER and spackling I just sprayed some wall texture over the top. Once I paint it, I think it will look just fine...

More spackled wall.

Textured wall repairs.

Jake and Jenny inspected my work and were obviously impressed...

Textured wall repairs.

   
And... one more task down... a couple hundred to go.

But tomorrow there's just one task on my mind. I need to paint the frames on my lower cabinets before my new countertops arrive on Friday.

What's another night without sleep?

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  1. Michelle C Phillips says:

    Welcome to my world. It’s amazing how much thinking outside the box is required. And YouTube videos are your very best friends. Once I finish this place I think I’m gonna rent it out and try flipping another house. And don’t be afraid to utilize their free cutting services so you can transport things in your car. I originally wasn’t. But it ends up being so useful and cost saving. Looking forward to seeing before and after photos.

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