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Tips in Patching Holes in Dry Wall



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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
Tough as it seems, drywall could only withstand limited abuse. A door flung open with strong force could create a doorknob-size hole in the drywall. This damage could be unsightly. However, even big holes can be fixed easily.

The easiest way to repair dry wall holes is to purchase a repair kit by measuring the hole and check your local hardware or home improvement store to purchase one. There are several sizes and types of kits for different applications. For example, a drywall patch for a ceiling is thicker than those used for walls. Before you use the kit, make certain to remove any loose plaster or paper around the edges of the hole.

The tips below are applicable for fixing small drywall hole:

  1. Prepare a tin can lid that is at least one and a half inches in diameter bigger than the hole. Cut out a narrow horizontal slit on each side of the hole using a keyhole saw. Make certain that the measurements in the hole are equal in diameter or lid to insert the lid to the hole.

  2. Use awl in punching two holes in the center of the lid and thread a 12-inch piece of wire or string through the holes.

  3. As you hold the ends of the wire, slid through and pull towards you until it lays flat against the inside of the dry wall. Set scrap wood or stick over the hole to be able to hold it in place and twist the wire tight over the stick. The lid of the can should be held firmly against the inside of the wall.

  4. Apply pre-mixed drywall-patching compound over the patch using a putty knife and following the manufacture’s instructions. You could also combine plaster of paris with water to make a thick paste. Pack the plaster or compound to the hole against the backing and behind stick. Keep the compound inside the hole in the drywall, cover the backing and fill the slits. Nevertheless, do not spread it on the wall surface. Allow the patch to dry until it turns into bright white for at least 24 hours. When dry, cut the wire or string and remove the stick.


The tips below are applicable for fixing big drywall hole:

  1. Cut a square area bigger than the drywall hole with the use of a keyhole saw or a utility knife.

  2. Cut two backer boards so they are two or three inches wider than the hole.

  3. Put a backer board inside the hole at the top edge and secure using one and ¼ drywall screws and hold it in place as you work. Tighten until the screw heads are below the surface, and then place a second backer board inside the lower edge of the opening and use screws to secure them.

  4. Cut the patch to fit the opening, screw the patch to the backer, and tighten with screws until the heads are below the surface.

  5. You can then apply fibreglass tape pieces over the seams.

  6. Cover the tape with the use of a thin coat of compound and lightly sand when dry. After that, you can apply two more coats and sand and feather until the surface is smooth.

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