Learn How to Patch a Hole in Drywall

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How many times have we found ourselves with a hole in the wall for some reason or another? I mean the door opens and ‘Bam!’, the doorknob slams right into the wall creating this big hole. We've all been there. Here’s a recap of Wednesday night’s LIVE DIY where I show you how to repair small dents and holes to larger holes in the wall. You can totally do this! I believe in you!
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learn how to patch a hole in drywall, home improvement, home maintenance repairs, how to, painting, wall decor
You can repair many small to medium holes with simple repair kits like this DAP wall repair patch kit.
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Larger holes require a little more work but totally achievable.
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Any spackle or drywall compound can be used. I really like this spackle by DAP called DAP Drydex Spackling because it has a dry time indicator. It turns white once the spackle is dry. This removes all the guess work. Often times we have to apply 3 to 4 coats of spackle for full coverage so I love the indicator so I know when to apply my next coat.
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The basic tools of drywall when tackling a larger hole are a drywall saw and utility knife. Be sure your blades are sharp. Drywall can dull your razor quickly. But be careful. You can cut yourself.
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This is what it looks like when you use a dull blade.
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Simple dents and tiny holes are a breeze to fix. Simply apply spackle (typically 1 or 2 coats, sand and your done.
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With medium size holes a wall patch will do. These come in 4"x4", 6x6 and 8x8 inch squares. Simply place over the whole and cover with spackle. Allow time for the spackle to dry and repeat until the patch is fully covered.
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The pink signifies that the joint compound is still wet.
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Once everything is fully covered sand smooth. Wear a dust mask during this step.
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wipe away any excess dust once finished sandinng
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Now you are ready to prime and paint the wall.

Suggested materials:

  • DAP wall repair patch kit  (Home Depot)
  • DAP Drydex Spackling  (Hardware store)
  • Drywall patch  (hardware store)
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  • John Grimley
    on Oct 17, 2016

    If you happen to have some filler but nothing to 'bridge the gap', another trick is to get some cardboard. fold it so it can be pushed through the hole & thread some string or even sewing cotton through two small holes & tie off at the front. Slap some filler around the inside of the hole. Push the cardboard through & use the cotton thread 'handle' to pull the cardboard firm against the filler on the back of the hole. Allow to set. Once set, fill as normal, build up in a couple of layers. Cut the cotton thread & pull out then finish off with some more filler.

  • 2612805
    on Dec 7, 2016

    When it comes time to paint the patch if you have your matching paint in a paint saint it will take no time ;)

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