How To Repair Small & Large Holes in Drywall

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How To Repair Small & Large Holes in Drywall

As durable as it is, drywall can be prone to damage. If you open a door with too much force, for example, it may slam into the wall. This will create a hole in the drywall. However, it is easy to repair. The easiest way is to purchase a repair kit. Take the measurements of the hole and get one from the nearest hardware store. Otherwise, you can purchase one online. In this article, we will tell you how to repair a small and large drywall hole.

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How to Repair a Small Hole in Drywall

To repair a small hole in drywall, approximately 15 centimeters, without a kit, follow the following instructions:

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is get new drywall of the same thickness as what you need to repair. If you don’t have one at home, a hardware store will have smaller pieces you can use. No need to buy a whole sheet.

Step 2

Measure the room. It should be large enough to cover the cavity and more. Give yourself plenty of room to maneuver: about 5 centimeters on each side of the hole. You don’t want the spare to be too small. Next, cut the piece from the larger piece. Turn the patch over and use a straight edge to score the paper about an inch from each side with a utility knife. Do not cut the paper completely. Next, peel off the loose drywall, but leave the loose paper behind. Place the patch over the hole in the wall and use a pencil to trace its outline.

Step 3

Clean the hole in the wall. If you have a drywall saw: this is the right tool to have. Otherwise, you cannot use a utility knife. Whichever blade you use, cut diagonal lines emanating from the hole to the four corners of the outline you just traced. This will create a nice square opening. (You don’t have to cut diagonally to the corners, although it is easier. Just cut out the damaged portion of the drywall.) If you cut diagonally to the corners, you will also need to mark the outline of the square. Once grooved, put the drywall pieces back in place. Then, trim the edges with the knife and remove the drywall to get a nice clean square hole.

Step 4

Next, flip the patch piece over again and apply a thin layer of sealant to the back of the paper using a putty knife. Turn the patch inside out. Place it over the hole, pressing down on the edges of the paper. Make sure it’s a secure fit. A joint compound will hold the patch in place.

Step 5

Finally, using a putty knife, apply joint compound to the patch, spreading it on the wall as well. This may take two or more coats to be completely sealed. When the compound is dry, sand it with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper. The patch is ready for priming and painting.

What is the list of necessary materials?

  • One piece Drywall Patch (cut from a larger piece)
  • A tape measure
  • A drywall saw (if you have one)
  • A utility knife
  • A straight edge, such as a level
  • A putty knife
  • A drywall patching compound
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer and paint
  • A brush

How to Repair a Large Hole in Drywall

Let’s say the hole you have is quite large. It may be a large hole in a wall between two studs. Maybe you couldn’t hold the door and hit the wall at the back of the garage. Carefree. You can also repair it. And it’s relatively easy.

Step 1

Cut a large square piece of drywall that will fit between the studs. This will be your patch piece. Place the square patch over the hole, just as the instructions call for to repair a small hole. Using a pencil, trace the edges of the patch.

Step 2

Use a utility knife to score along the lines you just made. You don’t have to cut too deep. This will make the next step easier. Using a straight edge and a drywall knife – a utility knife is harder to use in this situation – cut and remove the drywall from the damaged drywall. (Important safety tip: When peeling drywall, be sure to expose the studs.) Smooth any rough edges of the drywall with sandpaper.

Step 3

Since the opening is between two nails, you can simply place the patch over it. Screw the patch onto the studs using drywall screws and a power drill.

Step 4

Place a few strips of loose drywall around the edges of the patch. The mesh will have a sticky backing, so it is easy to apply. Cut the overhang with the cutter. Then, using a putty knife, spread the joint compound over the mesh and screw heads.

Step 5

Once the compound is dry, sand it and remove any loose compound. The repaired wall is now ready to be primed and painted

What you will need

  • Drywall debris
  • A utility knife
  • A drywall knife
  • A pencil
  • A straight edge, such as a level
  • Drywall screws
  • An electric drill with a screwdriver bit
  • A joint compound
  • A putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer and paint
  • Paintbrushes

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