How to Repair a Hole in Drywall

How to Repair a Hole in Drywall

Skill Level: Intermediate | STANLEY Pro Project Guides

Tools You'll Need

Step 1: Inspect for Obstructions

1inspect 

To repair a hole in drywall, first inspect the area to make sure there are no wires or obstructions near the hole.

 

Step 2: Determine Patch Size

2measure 

Use a tape measure to determine the size of the patch. The patch should be larger than the hole by at least an inch in all directions. The patch for this hole will be 5x7-inches.

 

Step 3: Cut the Patch

3square 

To make the patch, use a tape measure to transfer the measurements to a scrap of drywall. Then, follow up with a square to extend the lines. 

4cut

 Use a utility knife to score the lines, snap the cuts and complete the patch.

Step 4: Trace the Patch

5trace 

Center the patch over the hole and trace it's shape on the wall.

 

Step 5: Cut with a Utility Knife and Jab Saw

6cut Use a utility knife to score the paper at the lines.

7cut

Then, follow with a jab saw to cut the hole.

 

Step 6: Cut and Install Backing Strips

8cut 

Once the hole is cut, cut two strips of wood about two inches taller than your patch. These should bridge the hole. 

8ins

Fasten the backing strips with drywall screws on both sides of the hole. These backing strips will reinforce the patch for this hole.

 

Step 7: Test Fit

10fit

Test fit the patch. 

11fit

If it's tight or doesn't fit, use a rasp to shave down the edges to reduce its size.

 

Step 8: Fasten Patch with Screws

11fasten

Insert the patch and fasten it using drywall screws.

 

Step 9: Add Joint Compound and Tape

11putty

Seal the patch by adding joint compound and tape. 

 

Step 10: Sand and Paint

12sand

Use a sanding sponge to sand until area is smooth. 

13paint

Paint the patched area so that it blends with the rest of the wall.

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