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How to Repair Drywall – A DIY Wall Patch Approach for Drywall

However it got there, whether it be children, parties or a slip with furniture, a hole in drywall can be unsightly. What’s more, fixing a hole in drywall can seem a daunting task, even to the seasoned DIY handyperson. It needn’t be. Fixing a hole in drywall can be a job completed in no time at all and with pleasing results.

fixing a hole in drywall

Following is a step-by-step process explaining how to repair drywall when damage to the drywall involves small holes. Fixing a hole such as this can be attempted by a DIY handyperson of almost any level. Applying a wall patch, as described here, is a suitable technique for holes no bigger than say the size of a clenched fist.

Fixing a hole any larger than that requires the application of a fresh wall patch cut from drywall. There are many other articles available online which describe how to approach fixing a hole in drywall of the larger variety.

The process of applying a wall patch to drywall is a three-step process:

  1. Clearing and cleaning the edges of the damage
  2. Applying a filling compound
  3. Sanding and painting the drywall wall patch

Home Drywall Repair Starts with Clearing and Cleaning the Damage

cleaning drywall hole

To patch drywall effectively, the process must start with a cleared and clean area of damage. The first step in fixing a hole in drywall involves cleaning and clearing around the damage. First, remove all loose facing paper around the edges of the hole. It’s also common to find some of drywall loosened but still attached around the edges. Remove this as well.

Cleaning the edges of the damage is an important step in fixing a hole. Failing to do so will produce poor results, as the filling compound to be used in later steps won’t adhere properly meaning the patch itself won’t be solid.

When this step is complete, all edges of the hole to be repaired must be solid. Don’t move on to fix drywall until this is the case.

Applying Filling Compound to Home Drywall

drywall filling compound

After clearing and cleaning the damaged area, it’s time to apply some filling compound. When filling a hole however, there is nothing to hold the filling compound in place. This is where a piece of cardboard, cut slightly larger than the hole itself, comes in handy.

Place a small nail or pin through the piece of cardboard and then squeeze the cardboard into the hole. Using the pin or nail, the cardboard can then be pulled flush up against the drywall as the filling compound is applied.

In the early stages of fixing a hole, be generous with the filling compound. Apply a liberal amount of filling compound to the hole. Ensure the filling compound is built up, especially at the edges. Allow the filling compound to dry. When fixing a hole in drywall, the most common mistake is to not let the filling compound enough time to dry. This may be as long as 24 hours.

Finishing the Wall Patch

finishing drywall patch

Once the filling compound has dried completely, it is time to start sanding the excess and preparing the wall patch for painting. At this point, it is timely to remind once again that the most common DIY mistake when fixing a hole in drywall is to not let the filling compound dry properly.

Starting with a coarse grit sandpaper start gently and evenly sanding back the excess compound on the wall patch. After working down the filling compound a fair degree, change to a finer grit sandpaper and finally apply a drywall sandpaper to complete an even and flawless finish.

The final step is to simply apply some paint to the wall patch, obviously of the same color as the rest of the wall. When painting over a drywall wall patch, ensure even coverage and also ensure that the painting starts well beyond the borders of the wall patch itself to ensure appropriate blending.