How to Patch Drywall
Time Required: Under 2 hours
How to fix a hole in drywall can be one of your top concerns when getting ready for a move. Drywall sheets are vulnerable to breaking and crumbling, but can easily be repaired with drywall compound and a little sanding and painting. This project guide will show you how to patch drywall in a few easy steps. A full list of tools and materials for fixing drywall can be found below.
Tip: For smaller knicks and holes, try ready-made drywall patches or a drywall repair kit to repair drywall.
- Use a saw blade or utility knife to cut along the lines you just drew. When you run into a stud, mark and measure a 3/4 inch farther in, which will be the center of the stud.
- The edge of the patch should be directly over the stud so both the existing drywall and patch have support.
- Cut along the lines carefully, making several passes with each cut slightly deeper than the previous cut.
- Remove the damaged piece of drywall.
Safety: Cut away from your body, not towards yourself.
- Cut a 1 x 3-inch piece of scrap lumber or 3/4-inch piece of plywood approximately 2 to 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.
- 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 a very smooth drywall hole repair, spread a third coat with a 12-inch drywall taping knife and let dry overnight, then sand, wipe with a tack cloth and paint the area.
Once you have learned how to patch a hole in the wall, you can do this simple repair to patch drywall anywhere in your home. Learning how to patch drywall yourself can also save you money as you won't need to bring in a professional to fix a hole in drywall. As a renter, it is vital to know how to patch a hole in drywall so that you can make any needed reapirs before you move out of a rental property.
Once you know how to repair drywall, check out our other construction guides and renovation guides to help you spruce up your space in any number of ways.