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Overview:
- Drywall patching is the process of using drywall like materials to patch a hole or crack in a wall. Patching drywall is not a very difficult process, but it takes a little bit of time and that time must be allowed for or imperfections can occur in the final product.  Be cautious when using the tools, such as the power drill (putting other holes in the wall or your hand), utility knife (cutting your hand), and the Drywall Compound knife because it has a sharp edge also (cutting your hand). Clean-up after each compound application and sanding is necessary so that the Drywall Compound Knife does not rust and the drywall dust does not get tracked anywhere or in power tools.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools:

The first step in patching drywall is to gather all the necissary materials and tools to complete the task

-Utility Knife
-Drywall piece large enough to fill the hole (make sure that the drywall piece is the same thickness as the drywall that you are patching)
-Lumber or pieces of Scrap Plywood for supports (large enough to give adequate support)
-Joint Compound
-Mesh Fiberglass Drywall Tape
-Drywall Compound Knife
-Fine Grit Sand Paper or Drywall Sanding Screen
-Drill (electric or battery powered) with Philips Head Bit
-Extension Cord if not close enough to an outlet (If using a electric drill)
-Drywall screws
-Tarp to make cleanup easier
-Carpenter pencil
-Tape measure
-Rag or some cloth for cleaning

Step 2:

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Lay the tarp on the floor flush to the wall where there is to be drywall patching.

 

Step 3:

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Cut out a hole in the drywall with the utility knife (figure 1).

a. Measure and sketch a circle that is to be cut out so that the hole is surrounded completely by the sketch that is to be cut out.
b. Cut the circle out and smooth any imperfections with the utility knife that might alter the final product.

Mig Welder4 years ago
cool thanks!
Browncoat5 years ago
This would be better if there were photos too.  Still, helpful. :)