How to patch a drywall hole

How to patch a drywall hole

Perhaps you’re moving and need to patch a nail hole where a picture used to hang. Or maybe someone took a spill and made a large hole in your wall. Whatever the reason, a drywall hole can be relatively easy and inexpensive to patch.

To patch a drywall hole, follow these easy steps:

Nail or screw hole. These tiny holes can usually be fixed with a little spackling or drywall mud for less than $5. Using a plastic knife, spread the product into and around the hole until you have a smooth surface. Once the product dries, it can be sanded down and wiped clean with a damp towel. You should no longer see dips or inclines.

Nail pops. Newer homes tend to have more nail pops. As the house settles, nails will bulge from the wood and some may even protrude through the paper finish of the drywall. If they do, tap them in lightly with a hammer and follow the same instructions used for patching a nail hole.

Holes 5 inches or less. You can buy an all-in-one patch kit for less than $10 that contains mesh, compound, and sandpaper. Some kits contain enough materials to repair several holes. Just cover the hole with the mesh and spread on the compound in thin layers, allowing each layer to dry and sanding before spreading on the next. Once you’re satisfied with the number of layers, wipe away any remaining dust. You can then prime and paint.

Holes 5 inches or more. Enlarge the hole to a standard shape like a square. Cut a piece of drywall to fit in that square. Tape the seams and spread on joint compound. You may need a few layers, but make sure to sand between layers. When you’re satisfied, wipe away the dust. You are now able to prime and paint.

If you feel uncomfortable tackling the project yourself, drywall replacement is a perfect job for a Chicago handyman. A handyman can repair the hole without hiring additional workers, and will be able to help with other aspects of the job like painting. Visit Angie’s List for consumer reviews on highly rated handymen in the Chicago area.


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