How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Nothing ruins the look of a well maintained house like a hole in the drywall. Whether it be an angry child throwing a temper tantrum or a careless mover. Patching the hole is an easy task, but it requires several steps to get a perfect result.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Ready to learn? Here’s How to Patch Holes in Drywall:

Most home improvement stores sell a variety of wall patch kits. The one I used is the Snap 2 Size Wall Patch (affiliate link).

Materials:
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Instructions:

Find the size metal patch (from the kit) that best fits your hole. Ideally you want 1/4 – 1/2″ larger than the hole.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Bend and snap off any excess.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Hold the metal patch over the hole and gently score the drywall around the patch.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the 6-in-1 Painter’s tool (or putty knife) to peel off the paint and top layer of drywall inside the scored lines.How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Test to make sure the metal patch fits inside the hole.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut an adhesive mesh piece 1″ bigger than the metal patch.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Place the metal patch onto the mesh and push the patch into the hole (mesh side out.)

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Cover the mesh with a thick coat of joint compound.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Ideally you don’t want to see any of the mesh after your first coat of joint compound.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Allow it to dry and sand smooth.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Add a second coat of joint compound. Feather the compound out further than the first coat. Be sure to cover any bubbles or mesh that is showing.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Allow the compound to dry. Be prepared to add a third coat of joint compound to get a perfect finish.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

After the joint compound has dried, give it a final sanding.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

Wipe any sanding dust with a damp rag. Then paint the patched area with your touch up paint.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

To match the texture of the rest of the wall, use a roller instead of a brush.

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall | Pretty Handy Girl

That’s it! Let the wild rumpus commence now that you know How to Patch Holes in Drywall!

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3 replies
  1. Ivory
    Ivory says:

    My husband usually repair any large hole we had in the past, but I truly appreciate this post, because I always wanted to learn how to do this. Thanks to you, I think I can do this to.
    Happy New Year!

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  2. Bonnie J Cramer
    Bonnie J Cramer says:

    Interesting article, and helpful. Thanks. I do have a question. What would you do to fix a crack in the corner of a room? Right in the middle of the corner bead (or form, or whatever it’s called). Do I strip the entire thing from top to bottom, or just use spacking and respackle until it looks acceptable? You can tell I am no expert.

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