This article is about how to repair hole in drywall. Repairing holes in drywall is really easy even if you are a rookie, provided you use the right tools and techniques. Therefore, in this step by step project we will show you how to repair the damaged areas, by using a patch and different techniques. The procedure is straightforward, but you have to pay attention to a couple of aspects, if you want to obtain a professional result.
First of all, use a drywall saw to cut out a square or a rectangle around the damaged area. This aspect is essential, otherwise it would be very difficult to repair the holes in drywall. In order to get the job quickly, we recommend you to draw a trace using a square and a carpentry pencil. After cutting out the damaged area, you should vacuum the residues thoroughly.
After you have patched the hole in drywall, we recommend you to tape the gaps between the patch and the existing wall, by using mesh net. Next, you should apply several coats of compound over the damaged area and sand it thoroughly, to obtain a smooth surface. If the surface is not even, we strongly recommend you to continue the project by applying another coat of compound and to sand it thoroughly.
In order to repair holes in drywall, you need the following:
- Drywall sheet
- Fiberglass net
- Drywall compound
- 1×2 wooden strips
- T-square, tape measure, carpentry pencil, utility knife
- Large trowel
- Drywall saw
- Electrical screwdriver
- Use an utility knife with a sharp blade
- Cut the patch to fit perfectly in the hole
- Turn off the electricity before cutting the hole in the wall
- Don’t apply the compound in thick layers, otherwise it will crack after it dries out
- 30 minutes
How to repair hole in drywall
Before repairing the holes in drywall, you have to cut a square or a rectangle around the damaged area. In this manner, it will be easier to make a patch and to install it into position properly. First, use a pencil and a square to draw the rectangle and then use a drywall say to cut out a hole.
Smart tip: Make sure you turn off the electricity before cutting around the damaged area. In addition, pay attention to wires and pipes inside the drywall.
Next, if the hole is smaller than 10-15”, you should install several wooden strips at the back of the drywall. Use an electric screwdriver and drywall screws to secure the wooden strip to the existing wall.
On the other hand, if the hole is very large, you should cut the existing wall as to secure the patch directly to the wooden studs. Nevertheless, even in this situation we recommend you to use backing support for the patch (you will see the difference on the long run).
You should notice in the image, the backing support from a different angle. Make sure you sink the screws in the drywall at least 1/16”, without tearing the paper layer.
Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the patch and cut it from a piece of drywall. The patch should easily fit in the hole. You shouldn’t force it at all to fit into the drywall hole. If it is slighly large, you should either enlarge the hole or cut another patch from a waste piece of drywall.
Next, lock the patch into position with several screws, making sure you sink their heads in drywall at least 1/16”. Remember that the patch should have the same thickness with the existing wall.
Next, you should apply mesh net over the seams between the patch and the existing wall. By applying the mesh, you prevent the cracks around the patch.
Mix a small quantity of drywall compound and cover the patch with a thin coat. In order to get the job done quickly and like a professional, we recommend you to use a large drywall knife. If the surface is not perfectly level, you should sand it the next day and apply another coat of drywall.
Let the compound to dry out overnight. The next day, sand the whole surface with a sand block and medium-grit sandpaper. Use circular moves and blend in the edges of the patch with the drywall, to get a neat appearance.
If the surface is not smooth enough, you have to apply a second coat of compound, let it dry overnight and sand it thoroughly. To find out more about fixing holes in drywall read this article.
Drywall hole repair
If the hole is smaller than 4”, you could try a different method to get the job done quickly and efficiently. First you have to use a drywall saw and cut a square or a rectangle around the hole.
Next, you have to use the hole as guidance and cut a larger patch (2” in every direction). Afterwards, score the back of the patch with an utility knife. Remember that you have to center the patch in the middle of the piece of drywall. Last but not least, peel off the gypsum around the patch, leaving just the face paper layer.
Apply compound around the hole and on the patch and press it firmly into position. Use a trowel to remove the air bubbles and the folds of the paper layer.
Smart tip: Don’t move the trowel over the patch too many times, as you could easily damage the patch.
Next, cover the patch with compound and spread uniformly with a 10” drywall knife. Remember that the first layer of mud shouldn’t be thick, but just enough to cover the patch properly.
If the hole is small, you don’t have to apply mesh tape, but if it is larger than 2” we strongly recommend you to use it.
Let the compound dry out thoroughly overnight. The next day use a sand block and medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface, as in the image. Make sure you blend in the edges with the existing wall, as to make the transition as natural as possible.
Smart tip: If the surface is not perfectly level, we recommend you to apply a second coat of compound. Let it dry overnight and sand it again with fine-grit sandpaper.
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