ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Help and Advice on How To Repair Patch Plaster Work, Plastering Holes In Plaster

Updated on December 6, 2012

How To Patch and Repair Loose, Crumbling, or Blown Plaster at Home.

You do not need to be a professional plasterer to perform simple plaster-work. After a little bit of practice patching plaster will become second nature.

Local plastering and construction companies will do you plastering work in the same way, but may charge you a small fortune.

Tools Required

Float / Finishing Trowel - This is the rectangle piece of stainless steel with a handle on it. This is used for spreading and smoothing the plaster onto the wall or ceiling.

Buckets - At least two, one for mixing and one for cleaning.

Brushes - One small one and one at 6". The 6" brush is for the constant cleaning of your tools whilst you are using them. Normal paint brushes would suffice.

Hawk - This is the cheapest plastering tool, and although you could get away with not using one for small bits of plastering, it will make life easier. You only need one and it will last for years.

Trowel - Used for getting the mixed plaster out of the bucket and onto the hawk, although you could use the float to do this.

Wall / Ceiling Preparation

Remove all crumbling plaster. If your wall has laths in it, like the picture above, loosely brush the laths with a wet brush to remove as much debris as possible.

Remove any wallpaper that is around the area to be plastered. New plaster will peel off within days if you plaster over any paper.

Using a 50% PVA and 50% water mixture, generously coat the area to be plastered. Ensure that even a few inches around the area to be plastered is covered.

Repairing a Small Hole in Plaster

This applies to holes in ceilings and walls. Put your hand or fingers into the hole and remove any debris or paper from a few inches around the hole on the inside of the ceiling or wall.

Cut a piece of plasterboard ( any thickness ) so it can fit into he hole one way, but be approximately 5 -6 inches longer the other way. This means it should be in a rectangular shape, so once it goes into the hole, it could rest against the back of the hole without falling through.

In the center of the piece of plasterboard, make a small hole and thread some string through it. Tie one end of the string to a nail or screw and pull the other end until the screw or nail is tight against the plasterboard. This will act as a handle whilst the bonding is drying.

Mix some bonding and apply on the inside of the hole, where the rectangle piece of plasterboard will be. Place the piece of plasterboard into the hole and once in position pull slightly tight. This will begin to form a bond between the new and old plaster.

Fill in over the rest of the hole with bonding, ensuring that when you have finished, the new bonding plaster is slightly recessed against the existing plaster.

Allow to dry for 4 hours or overnight. Cut the string as close as possible to the ceiling or wall.Then mix some finishing plaster and lightly skim over the hole.

Free Link To: Help with Skimming

Repairing A Hole With Internal Laths

If the laths are in good condition, cut a small piece of plasterboard to fit into the hole. Screw into place ensuring that the screws do not pierce the paper on the plasterboard, but just sit on top of it.

If the cut piece of plasterboard sits just below the surface of the existing plaster finish, then simply skim over with finishing plaster. If the depth is more than 5mm between the new plasterboard and the old plaster finish, then fill with bonding prior to skimming over.

If you require assistance with plastering repairs, please leave your problem in the comments below and a professional plasterer will respond to you free of charge.

Free Links To:

Plaster boarding and Skimming Ceilings

Internal Rendering.

Floor Screeding


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)