How to repair holes in drywall

It is possible to repair holes in drywall on your own because the needed materials and tools are cheap. This do-it-yourself simple task can teach you a useful skill no matter if you rent or own. We will explain in this blog post how to perform this home improvement project.

List with materials needed:

• Mesh tape – you could use paper tape or fiberglass mesh tape.
• Drywall – also called gypsum board or sheet rock, can be found in more choices of thicknesses and sizes.
• Backer boards – you may use small pieces of 1/4″ plywood.
• Setting compound – a powder that needs mixed with water. It dries through a chemical reaction, unlike joint compound that dries through evaporation. Setting compound dries very hard and shrinks very little. There are different varieties of setting compound that differ by drying time. The advantage of this type of compound is that you don’t need to wait too long before applying a second coat. However, it is recommended to go choose a longer drying time if you are a beginner to patching drywall.
• 1-1/4″ drywall screws

Tools needed:

• Drywall saw
• Utility knife
• Drill / driver
• 6″ Drywall knife
• 100 grit Sandpaper

Here is the step-by-step process:

Step 1: Make the hole square – widening a rectangle or square is easier than cutting a circular piece of drywall. It is recommended to start sawing after marking the edges with a utility knife.

Alternate method – in case that a stud is located nearby the hole, you may cut the drywall in order to expose stud’s half. This way you achieve a good nailing surface on the side. You’ll just need to secure your backer board to the other side.

Drywall picture in the process of repair

Step 2: Backer board securing– slide into the hole a piece of 1/4″ plywood and use a drywall screw to keep the plywood secured across the opening. In order to hold your backer in place, use four drywall screws.

Step 3: Cut a piece of drywall – for this operation use a drywall saw and / or your utility knife.

Step 4: Use tape to cover the joints.

Step 5: Prepare the compound and apply first coat – your mixed compound should have a thick consistency in order to avoid a poor bond. Apply the first coat using the 6″ drywall knife. Try to eliminate air pockets and ensure all the mesh tape is well embedded.

Drywall contractor applying first coat

Step 6: Second Coat – mix up another batch of compound while you wait for the first coat to get dried. Apply the second coat and father the edges with 100 grit sandpaper after the coat is dried.

Step 7: Final Coat – try to smooth the final coat in order to avoid lot of sanding for finishing.

Step 8: Sand Smooth – sand the edges smooth and eliminate from the rest of the patch any ridges and dimples.

Step 9: Prime – without primer your patch job will be obvious even if it was performed well.

Step 10: Paint – It is recommended to use a roller paint brush in order to avoid brush strokes. You will achieve a uniform structure by rolling the paint.

We invite you to check out our other home improvement projects in the Project Guides section, if you found this do-it-yourself project useful.