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How to Repair Drywall

So, you’re got a hole in your drywall… We’ve all been there! Maybe you knocked a piece of furniture into the wall, or a door was opened too far and too fast. Whatever the reason is, don’t worry. You can repair damaged drywall yourself using a few simple techniques which we’ve outlined below.


Repair Dents in Drywall

For small scrapes and dents, all you’ll need is some spackle, a scraping tool, and sandpaper. Using a scraping tool, remove any loose pieces of drywall until you’re working with a relatively smooth surface. Apply a lightweight spackle over the area, being sure to fill in the hole. Once the spackle has dried, you can sand it down so that it’s smooth again. Once you prime and paint over the area, your wall will look as good as new!


Fix a Doorknob Hole in the Wall

Doorknobs knock holes into walls so often that there are repair kits specifically designed to fix them. Find a small drywall patch kit at your local hardware store. The steps are typically the same no matter what brand you’re using, but make sure to follow the included instructions. Sick on a drywall patch. Then, use a drywall knife to cover the area with a light patching compound. Apply the compound in a criss-cross pattern and feather out the edges. This will help the patched area blend in with the rest of the wall. After it dries, do some light sanding. Once it’s smooth, you’re ready to prime and paint.


Repair Holes in Drywall

For Medium Holes (6″ or less)

If you’re patching drywall at home, make sure that the area you’re patching is not near electrical wiring or junctions. If it is, you’ll need to call in the pros to make sure the repairs are done safely.

“The California Method” is a simple drywall repair technique. It works on most drywall holes measuring 6″ or less. To start, cut a new piece of drywall about 2 inches larger than the hole. Score away 1 inch of the gypsum on the back of the drywall while leaving the paper backing intact.

Hold the new drywall patch over the hole and use a pencil to trace around the gypsum onto the wall. Using a drywall saw, cut out the traced area so that the new patch will fit snugly. Apply joint compound to the paper backing of your patch, and press the piece into place. Finally, cover the patch in one or two layers of joint compound. Once it’s dry, you’re good to prime and paint the area.


For Large Holes (6″ or more)

A large hole in your drywall is any hole thats over 6″ in size. This patch job will begin the same way as the medium patch. Begin by cutting a new piece of drywall that is larger than the hold. Hold the large patch over the hole, and trace around the patch onto the wall with a pencil. Using a drywall saw, remove the portions of the wall you traced.

Next, secure two furring strips (narrow strips of wood or metal) inside of the hole on either side. Secure the furring strips in place with screws. Set your new drywall patch in place and secure it to the furring strips using screws. Apply joint tape on either side of the patch, and cover it with one to two layers of joint compound. Just like with smaller patch jobs, wait until the joint compound has set before you start sanding. Once the area has been primed and painted, you’re done with your patch job!



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