Introduction: How to Repair a Hole in Sheetrock or Drywall

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This Instructable shows how to repair a hole in sheetrock. This method works for holes from about 1/2 inch to 2 inches across.

Smaller than 1/2 inch, just fill it in with spackling or sheet rock mud.
Larger than 2 inches, use the method of a board behind the patch.

I'll show you the method that I use. I like to use joint compound rather than spackling, but that is a choice for you. The pictures don't show the actual sheetrock mud, just the method used.

Step 1: Make the Patch

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Use a piece of drywall 3-4 inches bigger than the hole you are repairing.

Turn the patch over so that you see the back of it.

Use a drywall knife to cut a "tic-tac-toe" pattern on the back of the piece.
The center square should be larger than the hole you are repairing.

Bend the pieces away from you and remove each piece, leaving the center square intact.

Step 2: Fit the Patch to the Hole

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Turn the patch over so that you see the front of it.
Place it over the hole to repair and trace around the edges of the center piece.
Use a drywall knife and cut out the hole so that the patch fits into the hole.

Step 3: Finish

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Place the patch in place.
The corners can be rounded to make a smoother transition.

NOW FOR FINISHING IT

Use about an 8-inch drywall knife.
Remove the patch and spread a layer of mud a little larger than the whole patch.
Get some mud inside the hole along the edges.
Place the patch in place.
Spread mud over the top, squeezing out any excess mud that is under the paper of the patch.
Let dry overnight.
Sand and apply another coat, feathering out the edges.
Let dry overnight.
Sand smooth.
If needed, do a third coat and let dry overnight.

Finish the surface to match the rest of the wall.


METHOD TO MATCH WALL TEXTURE

Often I can match the wall texture with this method:
Mix some sheetrock mud with water in a bowl or cup.
It should be fairly watery.
Take a paint brush and dip in the mixture.
Flip it toward the wall. Stop it suddenly with your hand so that it sprays onto the wall.
Try different techniques. If you don't like it, wipe it off and try again.
Try different paint brushes (stiff or loose)

One way that often works is to hold the end of the brush handle with the bristles hanging down.
Swing it toward the wall and let it bump your hand so that it knocks some mud onto the wall.

Comments

fpaza (author)2012-04-15

well done!

phildrage (author)2012-02-12

For larger holes that is perfect. for smaller holes, this is exactly how I was trained to sort this sort of thing out, the only thing to be cautious of is making sure the plaster part of the patch is as close to the size of the hole as possible, i'd recommend squaring the damage hole off first to make the fit perfect

iq0100 (author)2012-02-12

Hi David. I have a small trick up my sleeve. Let´s say that the hole is 15cm in length. Take a piece of wood and make it 18cm in length. At the middle of the wood, screw in a screw so that it is firm and tight and not loose, use the screw as a finger handle and insert it diagonally behind the hole. While holding the piece of wood " now behind the hole " screw in a screw on each side. So that the wall holds the piece of wood and plaster the hole, when the first layer has dried, plaster again and let that dry and then sand.
Hope that it made since. Sincerely iq0100

David_n_Redena (author)iq01002012-02-12

That's a great method, also. I actually use that method quite a bit, but for larger holes. Thanks

David_n_Redena (author)2012-02-11

Thanks, Bakunin, for the positive comments. I remodel houses and I use this technique pretty often.

bakunin (author)2012-02-11

A time-honored technique!

What a great Instructable. You took plenty of pictures and added clarifying notes to them.

It actually brought back memories of when I learned to do this. Huzzah!

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