SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | STANLEY PRO PROJECT GUIDES

HOW TO REPAIR A HOLE IN DRYWALL

Tools You’ll Need: Tape Measure, Utility Knife, Speed Square, Jab Saw, Hand Saw, Pencil, Surform Plane/Drywall Rasp, Drill, Taping Knives, Sanding Sponge

Step 1: Inspect for Obstructions

To repair a hole in drywall, first, inspect the area to make sure there are no wires or obstructions near the hole.

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Step 2: Determine Patch Size

Use a tape measure to determine the size of the patch. The patch should be larger than the hole by at least an inch in all directions. The patch for this hole will be 5x7-inches.

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Step 3: Cut the Patch

To make the patch, use a tape measure to transfer the measurements to a scrap of drywall. Then, follow up with a square to extend the lines.

Use a utility knife to score the lines, snap the cuts, and complete the patch.

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Step 4: Trace the Patch

Center the patch over the hole and trace its shape on the wall using a carpenter pencil.

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Step 5: Cut with a Utility Knife and Jab Saw

Use a utility knife to score the paper at the lines.

Then, follow with a jab saw to cut the hole.

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Step 6: Cut and Install Backing Strips

Once the hole is cut, use a saw to cut two strips of wood about two inches taller than your patch. These should bridge the hole.

Fasten the backing strips with drywall screws on both sides of the hole. These backing strips will reinforce the patch for this hole.

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Step 7: Test Fit

Test fit the patch.

If it's tight or doesn't fit, use a rasp to shave down the edges to reduce its size.

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Step 8: Fasten Patch with Screws

Insert the patch and fasten it using drywall screws.

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Step 9: Add Joint Compound and Tape

Seal the patch by adding joint compound and tape.

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Step 10: Sand and Paint

Use a sanding sponge to sand until the area is smooth.

Use a paint roller to paint the patched area so that it blends with the rest of the wall.

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