Patching a Hole in Drywall: Step by Step

If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone else has left a hole in your drywall, then you know how frustrating it can be.

There are many different ways to fix the problem, but this article will show you eight easy steps to fix a hole in your sheetrock if you want something fast and easy.

how to cut circle holes in drywall for patch repair
how to cut circle holes in drywall for patch repair

1) Use a large hole saw to cut out the hole.

The first step is to use a large hole saw to cut out the hole. You can find a large hole saw at your local hardware store. The teeth of a hole saw are designed to create a clean, round hole in drywall. Hole saws come in different sizes, so make sure that you buy a size appropriate for your project, or you can call a pro for help!

cutting patch piece of drywall for patch repair
cutting patch piece of drywall for patch repair

2) Cut drywall patch to size and place it over the hole.

For small holes, a cut-out measuring at least half the size of the hole will be fine.

You may need to use a larger patch for more extensive drywall damage.

To cut out the area around the hole, measure and mark your drywall with a pencil.

Use a straight edge or carpenter’s level to draw a straight line across the wall.

installing drywall for patch repair
installing drywall for patch repair

3) Install drywall screws to secure your patch over the hole.

Use a drill and 3-inch drywall screws to secure your cut-out section to the ceiling or walls.

Drive two screws into each stud behind the area where you’ll place the patch.

Be sure not to overtighten them.

tape edges of patch drywall mesh tape
tape edges of patch drywall mesh tape

4) Tape edges of the patch with drywall tape.

Tape over the junction between your new cut-out section and an old section of the wall. This will help to seal any gaps.

using joint compound smooth over drywall patch area
using joint compound smooth over drywall patch area

5) Use joint compound to smooth over the patched area.

A joint compound is a mixture of drywall mud and wax. It comes in powder form or premixed in buckets, but it must be mixed for use with water before applying it to your surface. Mix joint compound by adding water one cup at a time

Apply a thin layer of joint compound to the edges of your patch with a putty knife. You may need to cover large areas with several coats if you’re dealing with a larger hole.

apply several coats of paint or drywall compound when patching hole
apply several coats of paint or drywall compound when patching hole

6) Apply several coats of paint or drywall compound to the patched section until you’re satisfied with the results.

When you’re done applying coats, allow the first coat to dry completely. Sand lightly with 120-grit sandpaper and wipe off dust with a damp cloth.

Apply your topcoat using the same techniques as before, but wait until the previous coat is thoroughly dry. You can speed up drying time with a fan or heat gun.

spraying texture over drywall patch
spraying texture over drywall patch

7) Re-texture the patch area for a more finished look.

You can re-texture the patched section with a drywall texture tool or spray your compound lightly with water and then dab it up to create troweled texture.

painting over patch hole in drywall
painting over patch hole in drywall

8) Apply paint or primer to the patched section.

If you’re satisfied with your finished patched area, apply a coat of primer and topcoat to help you blend the patched hole in with the rest of your walls.

visionary painting sheetrock repair denham springs louisiana
visionary painting sheetrock repair denham springs louisiana

Or You Can Hire a Professional

Any homeowner can tell you that drywall repair is a big job. It’s not just the time and effort it takes to complete the project but also the mess that comes with it.

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