How to Fix a Hole in a Dry Wall

How to fix a hole in dry wall
Written by BidyutJi

Have you ever fixed a hole in a Drywall? Maybe it was a poor experience or a case of ill fixing. Whatever the reason may be Repair Mantra brings you easy ways to fix a hole in a Drywall. A Drywall is made out of calcium sulfate dihydrate by pressing it between a facer and baker. This is used for making a wide range of interior designs and ceilings. These days Drywall as most commonly used as an alternative to plaster and lath.

Sometimes you may find holes in your Drywall and they may leave you wondering how they got there? Holes are caused due to popping nails, smaller holes, furniture scuffs, water damage, cracking, small holes, lose joint tapes, corner dented bead, termite damage, tile removal damage. Whatever the reason may be, we are here to offer you the perfect solution to fixing a hole in a drywall.

Fix a Hole in a Dry Wall

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall


Readymade Drywall Patch for Holes less than 4/10 cm

A readymade Drywall patch is easily available at home centers and appliance stores. If you are a resident of the United States you can find a drywall patch at the Lowe’s. You can find it at an in-store location or online.

If the hole in the drywall is caused by a doorknob or some other pointed object then fixing it with a readymade drywall would be the perfect decision. Scroll down to find steps on how to fix a hole in the Drywall.

Step 1– To get started with the fixing process you need to make the frayed edges of the Drywall smooth by trimming it with a sharp knife. You can even press the handing chunks into place in order to clean the edges.

Step 2– Now you need to measure the hole and then cut the readymade patch into the shape of the hole. Ensure that you have enough patch left to support the surroundings of the hole when you fix it.

Step 3– Clean the broken part of the drywall with a tablespoon of trisodium phosphate or a detergent and let it dry for some time.

Step 4– Place the patch on the hole and smoothen the corners of the patch with the putty knife.

Step 5– To make the patch look smooth and natural you need some joint compound. Application of the joint compound on the readymade patch works wonders, as the repair work would look like a masterpiece. Apply a thin layer of compound on the patch with the putty knife and scrape smoothly.

Step 6– Smoothen the applied joint compound by pulling the putty knife towards you in a single stroke. It is recommended that you use a wide putty knife as it yields a better result. Try to make the compound smooth, but if you are too much tired, no need to worry, as you can do it later with a sandpaper when the compound is dry.

Step 7– In the next step, you need to leave the patched area of the wall to dry completely before touching it or sanding.

Step 8– Once you feel that the patch is completely dry you can make it smooth using a drywall sander or a common sandpaper. It is best if you use a specialized drywall sandpaper, as a regular sandpaper may damage the layer of joint compound. If the layer is too much rough then you must shave the strips and blobs with a sharp putty knife. Do not exert too much pressure as it may cause damage.

Step 9– Now this is time to hide even the slightest holes. Apply a thin layer of joint compound over pinholes and hairline cracks. Make the applied layer smooth with the knife and ensure that it does not require an additional sanding treatment.


Repair a Small Hole less than 2 inches / 5cm

If your Drywall has a small hole no need to worry as it can be fixed without any hassle. Just follow the steps below and you are ready to go.

Step 1– To begin the repair process you must clean the hole by trimming the edges with a household knife or a narrow putty knife will also do.

Step 2– Spray water on the broken part of the wall to let the joint compound stick, as a regular joint compound requires a damp atmosphere to fix. However, if you are using a compound that packs acrylics, fiber and polymers then there is no need to wet the area. (If the repair area is infected with oil or grease then it is recommended that you clean it up using trisodium phosphate with is easily accessible at any paint store).

Step 3– Let the wall to completely dry, then apply a little bit of non- shrink joint compound using a putty knife.

Step 4– Smoothen the applied compound with a wide putty knife by steadily pulling the blade toward your body. Ensure that you do not exert excessive pressure while the smoothing process, as it might cause damage to the layer of joint compound. If the finish is not perfect, it is nothing to bother as you can always correct it once the compound is dry.

Step 5– Allow the patch to dry completely then strip off the large strips and bobs with a metal object such as a putty knife. This is the final artwork step where you have to hide even the minor imperfections.

Repair a Large Hole

Earlier we had discussed repairing small and medium-sized holes on a drywall. Even if your Drywall has a huge damage you can fix it at home with the help of the instructions provided below.

Step 1– Before getting started with the repair work you must outline the broken part of the drywall using a common pencil or carpenter’s square. This assists you while cutting the broken part into a square or rectangle shape.

Step 2– Once you have smoothly cut the broken drywall into an even shape, cut another drywall baker piece that fits the broken wall. Repair Mantra recommends that you cut the baker piece slightly larger than the size of the damaged part of the drywall you want to patch.

Step 3– Hold the baker piece, or ask your friend to help you out while holding the piece. Now screw the drywall piece using drywall screws.

Step 4– Cover the edges of the baked drywall with adhesive tape in order to cover the patches.

Step 5– Add a skim layer of joint compound and make the layer even using a putty knife.

Step 6– Leave the joint compound to dry then sand it with a joint compound sand paper. If there are thick parts of compound making the layer rough you can peel them off with a knife.

Step 7– Finally, conceal the area with primer and paint and your drywall is finally repaired.




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