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Pro Tip: How to Patch a Hole in Drywall


There are just some projects you put off. You tell yourself it would be the perfect project for a rainy day. A decade later there have been plenty of rainy days, but the project still isn’t started. Then a loved one points out the unfinished project, and you honestly can’t remember that it ever needed to be done. Out of sight often leads to out of mind. This is all hypothetical, of course. But let’s say that this project involves repairing a hole in drywall, and you’re not sure how to repair it. So for all the “hypothetical” drywall holes to be fixed, here’s a Pro tip on how to patch a hole in drywall.

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Hole-y Smokes

In this example, the removal of a vent for an old air conditioning system left a large hole. The same repair principles apply to damage caused by a doorknob, water leak, or random fit of rage. With a doorknob repair, you’d want make the hole square using a keyhole saw or multi-tool. In fact, be sure to check out our article 6 methods for cutting drywall.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

The scope of work.

With our example, the cutout had the added bonus of having an electrical wire running behind it. It won’t really be in the way of the work, but we still need to be careful not to damage it.

1. Fasten a piece of wood behind the drywall. The wood furring strip serves as a fastening point to hold the patched drywall piece.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Fasten a piece of wood to the back of the drywall. You may also want to cut back the drywall to half way over the side studs (not pictured) so the entire perimeter of the drywall patch can be secured properly.

2. Square off the hole if you haven’t already. Making a nice square hole makes fitting a patch in the hole much easier. Once again, be careful of any wires running near or behind the work.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

Square the hole while being aware of any wires or insulation.

3. Dry fit the patch and then adhere it to the wood with drywall screws. It should be a snug fit, and you want to make sure there is stability around the perimeter of the patch.

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4. Use screen material to cover the patch. This will prevent the joint compound from cracking as it dries. It’s important to apply the compound in thin layers. You can use a full screen for a small patch, or use mesh tape to cover the perimeter of a large patch.

How To Patch A Hole In Drywall

The screen prevents joint compound cracking.

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5. Apply the first coat of joint compound in a thin layer using a wide putty or drywall knife. Make it as smooth as possible. After it dries, it’s likely that you’ll still need to sand rough spots and apply another coat. Repeat this until it blends with the wall.

We hope you can start on those hypothetical projects that you’ve been putting off starting with this how to patch a hole in drywall article. If you’re a Pro and you have any drywalling tips, add them in the comments below—or contact us with your own Pro tips.

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