Introduction: Repairing Drywall

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Ok, so if you are here reading this then it is possible that you have already been working through my other instructable on "How To Create Recessed Shelving" (  

If that is not the case then hopefully this Instructable will still help your with your wall repairs.

Step 1: Assement...

If you came over from my other Instructable then you cut a hole in your wall, making your cuts be rough, 45 degree angles.  So ideally you should be able to just fit the piece or pieces back into the wall, just like a puzzle.  

If this is not the case then you will have a few extra things you might have to do.  This also depends on the size of your hole.  Smaller holes may not require anything to hold your drywall in place.  Also smaller holes you may not have the drywall from the hole. {It may have fallen into the wall when you punched or kicked it.}

Step 2: Prep and Patch Work

When repairing a hole then you can simply use a piece of wire mesh or plywood you have laying around to affix the piece you cut out to.  If you are not repairing the wall from the inside out then this can get a little tricky. 

If you are doing this from the inside you can staple or fasten the mesh or wood to the existing drywall around the hole.  Then you will add some putty or spackling to your piece of drywall you cut out and press it firm against the mesh or wood. Fill in the cracks with more putty or spackling and, depending on your wall texture, you may be done! Sand things if need be.  Clean things up and then you are ready to paint.

I used a piece of luan I had lying around and screws to attach it to the inside of the wall.  I then had to use a dremel to cut the protruding screws.

If you are repairing the wall from the outside... you still need the wood or mesh (depending on the size of the hole). In my opinion it would be easier to use plywood or even luan/paneling. 

Cut your wood to where it will still overlap the holes size by about three-eighths of an inch one all sides.  Take a screw and drill it into the middle of your piece.  You will stick the piece of wood into the whole at an angle and use the screw you just drilled as a handle to hold it in place. You can use liquid nails or something similar to go along the overlapping edges and affix this piece in your wall. Use the same info from the above second paragraph to finish the repair from here.