Holes happen and when they do, it helps to know how to repair them and it is even more important that you have the right drywall supplies to complete the job. Below, we will go over the easiest ways for you to repair and patch small and medium holes that may occur in your drywall.
Repairing Small Holes
Often, a small hole is created in drywall due to a door knob going through the wall or even an accidental miss of a nail head with the hammer. These types of small holes are easy to repair.
- The first thing that you want to do is gather your drywall supplies and then place a piece of mesh over the hole. The mesh should be self-adhesive, so it sticks to the wall without having to be held up.
- Next, you should apply a good amount of joint compound over the mesh and then use a putty knife to smooth it out.
- You will need to let the area dry fully and then apply a second coating of the joint compound to the area and allow it to dry again.
- Once the compound is dry, you should sand down the area and then you can paint over it to create a smooth finish.
Repairing Medium Holes
Medium holes are a bit more difficult than small holes, but they are not impossible to fix. In fact, you will need to purchase a couple more drywall supplies for this job, but nothing too complex.
- First, purchase a small piece of drywall and then size it so that it is roughly two inches bigger than the size of the hole you plan to cover up.
- Grab a utility knife and score the piece of drywall an inch from the border and then snap the drywall at the scores, removing it from the main piece of drywall, but keeping the paper intact.
- Place the piece of drywall over the hole on the wall and then trace around the piece of drywall. You will now need to apply your joint compound onto the paper border of the drywall piece and then place the drywall onto the wall and press the compound down to stick.
- Now, take more compound and place it over the entire patch until the surface is smooth and even. Allow the patch to dry and then apply a second coat of compound, if needed.
- Sand down the dry compound and then paint over the area.
When repairing drywall in your home, make sure that you always apply a thick layer of joint compound. If you apply too thick of a layer, then the patch may not hold. If you find that you have not applied enough the first time around, go ahead and apply a second coat. Also, you want to make sure you allow the compound to dry completely before you sand it down.
If you are searching for the best drywall supplies, contact your local team at The Lumber Guys. We will help you choose the right supplies for your upcoming drywall repair project.