How to Repair a Hole in Your Dry Wall

If you are like me your probably have one or two holes in your wall that need to be repaired. As a drywall contractor in Dixon Il I thought I might be able to help. So for today’s blog post I am going to run you through the steps to patch up that hole so it looks just like new.

Now if you have a small hole you may be able to simply make a few passes with a putty knife and some dry wall paste, sand, paint and you are all set.

However, if you have a larger hole a fix like this may not be so easy. In that case here is a step by step explanation to get you through your fix from a contractor in Dixon Il.

Tools you will need: A utility knife or dry wall saw, drywall screws, a drill, a small piece of crap wood that is larger than your hole, spare piece of drywall, sanding paper, drywall putty or quickset joint compound and drywall joint tape if you have it.

  1. You are going to want to cut around the hole in your dry wall so that it is a more workable shape. Using a box cutter or drywall saw work your hole until you have cut it into a nice square with clean even edges. This is best done by cutting around your hole in a square and then making cuts inwards towards the centerso that you can break the drywall cleanly with your hands.
  2. Next you are going to want to measure your hole and cut a corresponding patch from a spare piece of dry wall. The fit doesn’t need to be perfect. But for reasons you will soon see it does need to be the same thickness.
  3. Now we are going to mount our piece of wood into the back of the hole to create a backing for our patch. To do this cut your wood in a way so that it can bridge the gap between your hole while being screwed into place on either side.
  4. Using your drill and drywall screws secure your scrap wood to either side of the hole so that it forms a backing for your new patch. Don’t worry about your screws showing, we are going to cover all this with dry wall paste.
  5. Using another dry wall screw secure your patch to the wood backing.
  6. If you have some dry wall joint tape now is the time to seal the joints between your new patch and the wall.
  7. Mix your drywall paste or joint compound until it has a thick mud like consistency. You can also buy this premixed, but make sure to keep the lid well sealed so it doesn’t dry out.
  8. Using your putty knife or flat trowel apply your compound and smooth until you have created a smooth layer of paste over the repaired area. As long as there is even coverage you don’t need to worry about how smooth it is. We have sandpaper for that.
  9. Make sure your joint compound has plenty of time to dry. After that use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth the wall and paint if necessary.

Just like that you have easily repaired the hole in your drywall and no one will ever be able to tell the difference.

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