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A Flawless Drywall Repair

Fixing a hole in drywall is a great DIYer project, and it's a skill that every homeowner should master. There's more than one way to patch a medium-sized hole. However, this is the fail-proof method used by pro contractors.
1. Square the hole
2. Install a backer-board
3. Cut a new piece of drywall
4. Tape all the joints
5. Apply several coats of mud
6. Sand smooth
7. Prime and paint
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Ah! This is an awesome tip!

  • 3popps
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Good summary. I learned the hard way that it makes everything so much easier if you square the hole first.

  • Ethan@OPC
    Ethan@OPC Catonsville, MD
    on Jan 25, 2013

    It seems counterintuitive to make the hole larger but it really does help. I've also heard a tip to cut the new piece of drywall to the approximate size (but slightly larger than the hole), and then trace it to ensure a perfect fit.

  • Nancy T
    Nancy T South Deerfield, MA
    on Jan 25, 2013

    how do you keep the backer board in place??!

  • Ethan@OPC
    Ethan@OPC Catonsville, MD
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Yep. The backer board stays in the wall and adds strength to the repair.

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