Over time you’re probably going to have to repair a hole or two in your drywall. Whether you’ve intentionally created a hole to move an outlet box, adding wiring for a new fixture or unintentionally made a hole from a doorknob, roughhousing or any other accident. Sooner or later you will find yourself staring at a hole in the wall and wondering how much that’s going to cost you. Professional handyman services can run from 75 to 100 dollars and up for each hole. This can go up depending on the location, size, and severity of the hole that needs to be repaired. Learn how to easily patch a hole in drywall by following these simple steps:
1. Cut out the Patch
You don’t have to go out and spend money on a patch kit if you have similarly sized scraps of drywall. Take your scrap of drywall and cut out a square patch. Make sure that the patch is big enough to fully cover the hole. Once you have the patch cut out, place it over the hole and outline it with a pencil on the damaged wall. Mark an X on the wall above the hole and draw an arrow on the patch, pointing to the X. This will allow you to easily line up the patch later on.
2. Prep the Hole
Using a drywall saw, or jigsaw cut out the outline of the patch from step one. You can use a utility knife or box cutter if you are repairing a small hole.
3. Cut Your Strapping
Next, you need to add a piece of strapping. The strapping acts as an anchor to hold the patch in place. To do this, cut a piece of 1×3 wood, six inches longer than the top height of the hole. Apply a pea-sized drop of construction adhesive to the strapping and insert it into the hole. Pull the strapping towards you, to ensure it is firmly in place. Now you need to drive 2 screws through the drywall and the strapping. Make sure that the heads of each screw are flush to the wall and not protruding.
4. Attach the Patch
Using your arrow on the patch and X on the wall, from step one, align them accordingly and press the patch against the adhesive on the strapping. Make sure that the patch is flush to the strapping. Doing this right the first time will make this step a lot easier. If for some reason you are unsuccessful, quickly remove the patch and try again. You can add a little more adhesive to the back of the patch if needed. Once you place the patch properly, drive 2 more screws through the patch and into the strapping. Do not tighten the screws too much or they will crack the drywall patch.
5. Fill in the Seams
Use a thin layer of joint compound to cover the patch, seams, and screws. You don’t need much. Take a 6″ taping knife and apply a very thin layer.
6. Add the Screen
While the joint compound is still wet, you’ll want to add a screen. You can use an old window screen. Simply cut the window screen a few inches longer and wider than the patch itself. This will help prevent cracking in the patch and the wall. Once you have placed the screen on the patch, apply some additional joint compound to keep it in place. Start at the center and work your way to the outer edges. Don’t use too much and don’t overwork it. After two or three strokes, you should be done with this step. Leave it alone and let it dry overnight.
7. The Final Coat
After you have allowed the patch to dry overnight, you will want to apply a final coat of joint compound to cover any existing seams. Apply another layer of joint compound with a 12″ taping knife. Trowel off the excess and smooth it at least six inches from the boundary line of the previous coat. This will create a strong bond and leave your patch unnoticeable. Allow the final coat to dry and then sand it down with fine sandpaper. Be careful and make sure you do not expose the screen. After sanding, wipe the area with a lint-free cloth. Now your wall is ready to paint.