Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to patch drywall

Would you like to know how to patch drywall? Drywall is a common construction material that is used in most of the modern construction projects. Most people prefer it due to various reasons. For example, many people like it due to its appearance. Before drywall, most buildings relied on plaster walls. Plaster was hard to be perfect and time consuming but drywall made the construction easier.
How to patch drywall
The walls and ceilings became more attractive and this increased the value of homes. In addition, drywall provides energy efficiency, which retains room temperatures. Another benefit is that unlike other alternatives, drywall is fire resistant. It is also affordable and easy to maintain. In this article, I will guide you on how to patch drywall. Let us go through some of the methods.



  • Piece of drywall
  • Drywall saw
  • Primer and paint
  • Utility knife
  • Scrap pieces of wood
  • Glue
  • Long drywall screws
  • Spackel 

Step 1

Use a drywall saw to cut the edges of the hole you would like to patch and make it square.

Step 2

It can be better if your holes exposes a stud. This is because you can directly attach your drywall patch to the stud. If not, you can attach a scrap piece of wood to a nearby stud as a brace.

Step 3

Cut a piece of drywall and make it to be several inches bigger than your hole on all the four sides. You can use a utility knife with a blade, which is made for your drywall. Use a knife to cut the drywall on the four sides of your square. Fold it along those score lines to snap it. Turn it over and score the other side of the drywall along the creases. This helps in creating nice clean edges on the patch that is now cut to size.
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Step 4

Mark the back side of the drywall patch in regards to the size of the hole. You can hold the patch over the hole in such a way that the edge of the hole remains out on one side. On the patch, mark where the bottom and top are. The same should be done on the other three sides and then connect the dots.

Step 5

You can snap the drywall along the four score line and rind the drywall from the paper support the other side.

Step 6

Confirm whether your patch fits in the hole. If not, trim the sides until it fits. You can create a hole for the switch box in the patch.

Step 7 

Place the patch in the hole. You will realize that the paper you left along the edges overlaps the drywall behind the wall. Use a utility knife to mark the paper on the edges of your patch and on the drywall behind the patch. This will help you to determine how the patch will fit into the wall without looking inappropriate around the edges.

Step 8

Now get rid of the patch and remove the paper layer you have just cut on your wall.

Step 9

Test the patch and make the necessary changes. Create pilot holes through your patch into the stud, which you will attach to it. After you have created the pilot holes, you can now attach the patch using drywall screws.

Step 10

glue the paper on the edges of your patch to the drywall below it. You can now spackel the edges of the patch to hide the screws. After the spackel has dried, sand it to create a fine smooth finish. You can now paint your drywall.

Now you have a newly patched drywall!


Small Holes

Step 1

For small holes like the ones created by a doorknob, you can use a patch kit. Put the self-adhesive mesh pat on the hole.

 Step 2

Cover the patch using lightweight joint compound with a crisscross pattern. You can feather the edges to make it blend with the wall.

Step 3

Allow it to dry and then apply another coat of compound if require. You can sand to make it smooth.


Have you gained something? I am sure you have learned a lot. Those are some of the methods on how to patch drywall. As we have seen, this is very simple process. Knowing how to go about it will save you a lot of time and resources. With all that information, you do not need the services of a technician, it is something you can do all by yourself. You just need to look for the necessary materials then go through the above steps keenly. I will appreciate your views in the comments below, feel free to share if you liked it.



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