WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
• Using the carpenter’s square and a pencil or marker, draw a line at least an inch or more above and below the damaged area.
• Then draw lines along the left and right sides to center over the studs on either side of the hole.
• When the saw blade or utility knife runs into the stud, mark and measure over the stud ¾ inch, which is the center of the stud.
• Make sure you cut away from your body, not toward yourself.
• The edge of the patch should be directly over the stud so both the existing drywall and patch have support.
• Cut along the line with a utility knife, making several passes with each cut slightly deeper than the previous cut.
• Remove the damaged piece of drywall.
• Cut a 1 x 3-inch piece of scrap lumber or ¾-inch plywood approximately 2-4 inches longer than the height of the patch.
• Screw these supports vertically behind the opening to keep the patch from cracking.
• Hold the support in place and secure it with drywall screws without driving the screws through the drywall.
• Using a 2 x 2 piece of drywall, measure the repair area.
• Cut a piece of wallboard to size using a utility knife and carpenter square.
Position the screws at least an inch from the edges to avoid spitting or crumbling the drywall.
• Run strips of self-adhesive fiberglass drywall tape around the patch, centering the tape on the seams.
• Use a 6-inch drywall taping knife to spread drywall joint compound across the patch and tape to create a smooth, flat surface.
• Let the compound dry overnight, and then sand until smooth. Repeat with a second coat.
• For the smoothest patch, spread a third coat with a 12-inch drywall taping knife and let dry overnight, and then sand, wipe with a tack cloth and paint the area.