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How to patch drywall

Did the kids have a little too much fun playing hockey in the basement? Perhaps you didn’t know your own strength with a hammer when trying to hang a picture. Repairing a hole in the wall can be made easy with a few simple tools and tips.

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STEP 1

Scrape away loose debris.

For a repair on a smaller hole, simply scrape away loose debris to have a nice flat surface.

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STEP 2

Apply compound to hole.

Using a dry wall knife, apply compound to the hole – feathering out the edges.

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STEP 3

Sand down compound.

Once the compound is dry, use sand paper to sand down the dry wall compound to even out the surface, leaving it smooth and ready to re-paint.

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STEP 4

For medium to larger holes, outline the damaged area with a square.

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STEP 5

Using a drywall knife or saw, cut away the damaged area.

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STEP 6

Cut a new piece of dry wall the same length.

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STEP 7

Drill into the stud or a wooden block to hold the pieces of dry wall together.

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STEP 8

Cover with compound.

After placing the filler piece in, use a wide dry wall knife and apply compound to close the gaps between the new piece of dry wall and the existing wall.

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STEP 9

Place dry wall tape over the gaps.

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STEP 10

Apply more compound over the seams lengthwise then widthwise.

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STEP 11

Once it is dry sand it to be flush with the existing wall.

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