Repairing a Small Hole in Drywall

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    Repairing a Small Hole in Drywall

    hole in drywall
    A small hole in drywall is actually easy to repair.

    Patching a Small Hole in Drywall
    Repairing a small drywall hole up to about 4 inches in diameter is relatively easy. That is if you use a newer repair material that has a self adhesive mesh holding a perforated galvanized metal drywall patch. Gone are the days of having to build up a small hole with spackle and waiting for layer after layer to dry. The only tricky part now is the spackle.

    Difficulty Level

    • Patching: Easy
    • Finishing: Average


    Needed Tools and Materials

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  • 02 of 04

    Patch the Hole

    drywall patch
    A self adhesive metal patch is an easy way to repair a hole in drywall or plaster. Lowes

    OK, spanning the hole with a stable material can't be any easier. Measure the hole size you're going to patch, then go to your local hardware or big box home improvement store and buy the appropriately sized adhesive mesh / metal drywall patch.

    A good brand is Wallboard Tools Wall Patch and it comes in a 4", 6" and 8" patch size (although an 8" is larger than I'd recommend for this patch).

    Once you get the patch, just peel and stick.

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  • 03 of 04

    Apply Wallboard (Drywall) Joint Compound

    Joint compound is not the same as spackle. Spackle is thicker and is made for smaller hole repairs, for example, nail holes or small dings. Because spackle is thicker, it won't spread as easy and if used in this application, will make the finishing work look poor. So please don't use spackle. Use wallboard joint compound.

    • Using a wide blade wallboard taping knife, trowel on 2 or 3 layers of the wallboard joint compound over the wall patch.
    • Make sure to cover all the pores in the adhesive mesh and...MORE to extend the compound past the repair patch by at least 6" to blend into the surrounding area (feathering).
    • Let dry and then sand smooth with a sanding block or drywall sanding screen. Please do not just use sandpaper and your hand as you will never get the sanding flat and it will look poor when painted.
    • If needed, repeat the application of joint compound, feathering and sanding.
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    Prime and Paint

    Once the repair is smooth and feathered, look at it from side angles to see if it looks smooth. If you're happy with the repair, let's finish the job.
    • Prime the repaired area with an appropriate for the type of paint you're using.
    • A great way to help conceal the patch is to use a small roller with a medium nap. If you just brush the primer on the wall, it will have a different texture to the surrounding wall paint.
    • Once the wall is primed and dried, paint with the same wall paint you have on...MORE the wall or repaint the wall entirely if you can't get a good match.
    That's it. Good job!