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How to patch drywall

11 STEPS

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.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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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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Apply compound to hole

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

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

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

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Cut a new piece of dry wall the same length

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

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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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Place dry wall tape over the gaps

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Apply more compound over the seams lengthwise then widthwise.

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