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How to repair drywall holes

Updated on April 9, 2011

repairing holes in the wall

Drywall patches work better

We're going to fix a hole in the wall with a drywall patch. This is a much faster, cheaper and easier way to fix holes in sheetrock.

Measure hole in the wall and make a drywall patch

Big holes require bigger patches

Cut out the patch from the back of the sheetrock

The gray paper or the front of the sheetrock needs to be perfectly intact to hold the patch firmly into the wall until it has been secured with drywall compound.

Cut brown paper away from sheetrock

Peel brown paper away from sheetrock patch.

The sheetrock patch will only be held in by the paper in the front.

Patch ready for hole in the wall

Insert the patch into the hole

You can place a small amount of drywall mud around the inside of the hole if you want to, but it's not necessary. You will want to spread a fair amount of mud around the surface of the hole or you can spread mud around the paper backing of the drywall patch. This will make it adhere to the wall.

Front of the patch

Spread mud under the paper to help secure the patch

Drywall mud makes a strong patch

Get an even layer of mud under the patch.

Prepare drywall compound

Spread a thin layer over the patch

Spread a thin layer over the patch

This will be the first coat. After it dries, you will probably have to apply two more coats just to make it strong and also to help it blend in with the wall.

You may have to sand it

Once the coats dry, a little sanding will be necessary. It's easy to do and helps create an even surface on the wall.

Spray on the texture

Spraying the orange peel texture is the best way to hide the fact that there was ever a hole there in the first place. You can just go buy cans of texture to spray on, but if the job is really big, you may want to rent an air-compressor and a hopper.

Once the drywall compound dries, it will be ready for painting and nobody will be able to tell the wall had a hole in it.


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