How can I repair the drywall by this switch?

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There are no 2"x4" s around this electrical switch box to anchor a patch to. I know how to patch drywall, but this? Help!
q how can i repair the drywall by this switch
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  • Ath9102554 Ath9102554 on Aug 06, 2017
    Chip out CAREFULLY all the way to the molding and then build your own wood frame around the switch box...You gonna want to replace a rectangle piece of the drywall anyway...so a little more destruction before the construction will make it look better and last more.
  • Rea26860906 Rea26860906 on Aug 06, 2017
     Drywall repair clips
  • Patrick S Frericks Patrick S Frericks on Aug 06, 2017
    How big is the hole? I cannot see the the entire opening in the photo. There are wire mesh patches that will cover large holes to repair. Most home improvement stores carry the wire mesh ( do not use the fiberglass mess because you need the stiffness of the wire). I believe they make them as large as 8"x8", They have an adhesive backing applied to the back to help it stick, it will take several applications of spackle to keep it from cracking while drying. Best of luck
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 06, 2017
    I would go with Athenaindigo's suggestion, it makes sense to secure the switch box to something and not just have it hanging like that, and will also make the repair easier so it can be done right.
  • William William on Aug 06, 2017
    Here is a perfect video for your repair. Working as a maintenance supervisor for a nursing home I and my crew have used the California patch all the time. For large holes we used the wood strip backing process. Walls were drywall over metal studs which was code for nursing homes.

  • Bda28350864 Bda28350864 on Aug 06, 2017
    looks like you could take out the whole box and work from the inside. Attach a piece of dry wall with Gorilla glue and put box back and than refinish
  • Goat5691 Goat5691 on Aug 06, 2017
    I would turn the breaker to the switch off remove it and replace the wallboard and then reattach the switch box. There is no quick fix here with a patch.
  • Semper Fi Semper Fi on Aug 06, 2017
    it looks like the whole box is attached in behind drywall ,the back part looks screwed to something . Does the electric box seem firm to touch, if so then just cut out a opening for it. If not then go look at electric box for holes to screw to back wall ?? my guess from photo ?!