How to do-it-yourself instructional on the basic tools and techniques used in laying spackle.
Hi. Today on Repairs 101 Iím going to show you some of the basics you need to know about laying spackle.
Obviously youíre going to need some Spackle Ė youíre going to need some spackle or Polyfilla is one of the most popular brands, I prefer to use the ďready madeĒ kind.  Anyways. So youíre going to need some very basic tools like a draw scraper is a nice thing to have. A putty scraper, putty knife - putty scraper also a great tool to have. Plastic scraper, thatís the one I use to do virtually all the work. You need a sheet of sandpaper and a sanding block. And youíre definitely going to need coffee.

Basic paint and spackle equipment and 2 step stepladder   Handling spackle with a putty knife and a plastic scraper

OK so Iíll just pull this old plug out Ė oops Ė if I can. There we go.
OK so youíve got some holes that need spackliní. Donít be shy, get in there with your favourite scraper, make sure that you get rid of all the loose material because youíre not going to want it there to fall off later.
 
                                                                                              
 
OK so I got a little tub about six dollars for that. One thing I can tell you about spackle as well as virtually any other product like caulking, the trick to handling it is not handling it Ė not handling it. Iím going to get it out of the tub with this putty scraper, Iím going to apply it to the wall with that and Iím going to smooth it off with this scraper right here, a nice flexible plastic one. You just want to get up to the hole and push it on, push it in. The main thing here is to get it on. You can see itís rough, itís seamed, Iím leaving all kinds of seams on it that, you know, if youíre a perfectionist you might be inclined to overwork this and try and get it perfectly flat like Iím doing right now but itís not really necessary. OK you donít have to do that kind of detail you can just daub it on and smear it off and youíre good. Daub it on, smear it off. Thatís the way the pros do it. If thereís a seam on it donít worry about it, when it dries you can sand it off. Daub it on, smear it off. Daub it on Ė if youíve got a lot to cover youíll want to be able to do it fast and easy. Here this one could use another layer. Iíll just sand these rough parts out tomorrow when itís dry.
 A lot of people, when theyíre not comfortable with what theyíre doing, is theyíll use their finger. Iíve seen that a lot of times, people think itís easier to just put it on the end of their finger and then they can push it in the hole. But it really isnít good to be contaminating the product with your finger oils and sweats and the dirt that youíve picked up on your hands the chalkiness. You want to use something clean like this flat scraper here. The night before youíre going to paint go around and fill all your holes.

Fitting a strip of sandpaper to a sanding block

OK so Iím just going to take an ordinary sixty grit sheet of sandpaper and fold it in half, score along it like that and then take the halves and fold them in half again. What you want is a strip of a quarter of a sheet of paper like this. Take my old sanding block here itís just a pre-formed rubber block with some little steel spikes inside of it. OK so youíve got your strip of a quarter sheet of sandpaper and your sanding block. Now if youíve never seen one itís just got a rubber flap with some spikes inside of it. You just take your sheet of sandpaper, you line it up, you put it on there like that. It bites down onto it and you just curl it around the other side like that and again stick it in so that the teeth bite onto it and youíve got a real nice grip on it. And itís quite comfortable to use.
And then you put on your respirator with the dust filter cartridges.
Alright well I donít know how well you can see it but hereís an area I did in one coat. You can see thereís just a tiny little dimple there because it was quite a deep fill and after it dried it shrank a little bit and created a little tiny depression. But I sanded it and I painted over it and I think it looks terrific.


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