Holes on the wall are a nerve wreck for many homeowners. They not only destroy the aesthetics of your property but could also be dangerous especially with the little ones around. Fortunately, repairing holes on your drywall is inexpensive and requires minimal hustle.
You have two options when it comes to fixing holes. You can either contact a drywall expert or do it yourself. Contacting an expert will cost you money, but you get the guarantee that they will fix the hole professionally. If you opt to
do it yourself, ensure that you are equipped with adequate tools and skills.
Consider the tips below
Things you will need
- Measuring tape and pencil
- Scrap drywall
- Drywall saw
- Drywall screws
- Scrap wood
- Drywall tape
- Large knife
- Joint tape
- Joint compound
Steps to follow:
- Find a scrap of drywall: First, you need to find a scrap of drywall that is the same as the damaged wall. It is prudent to use one that has the same thickness as the wall. If you do not have one, you can get it from your drywall supplier.
- Make an outline on the damaged wall: Next, you need to cut a scrap of drywall into a square or rectangular patch depending on the size of the hole. The scrap piece needs to be slightly larger than the diameter of the hole. Then place the patch over the hole and make an outline all round using a pencil. If you don’t have the scrap pieces, draw a square or rectangle around the hole, measure the dimensions and then take the measurements with you to the drywall supplies store. This will ensure that you get a piece that is big enough to cover the hole.
- Cut the hole: Using a drywall saw, cut out the material within the traced lines. Before cutting, ensure that you check for electrical wires. Electrical wires are attached to the studs.
- Attach a thin scrap of wood to the sides of the hole from the inside. You can place the wood at the middle and screw it to the sides, or you can screw two pieces of wood to each side. This helps in creating a backing for the patch.
- Place the patch on the wall and screw it into the wood. The screws should sink beneath the surface of the wall.
- Apply joint tape across all the edges of the patch. The purpose of joint tape is to strengthen the attachment between the patch and the wall. This reduces movement and helps to prevent cracks.
- Cover the tape and the patch with joint compound. Use a large knife to smoothen out the joint compound.
8. When the joint compound dries up, use sand paper to smoothen the patch. A second coat may be required; check the manufacturer’s instructions for that. Later you can apply a fresh coat of paint to give it a finer finish.