A Flawless Drywall Repair

2 Hours

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
Squaring the hole makes it easier to fit a new piece of drywall.
Slip a backer-board into the hole and hold it with a temporary screw.
Screw in the backer-board and a new piece of drywall. Countersink all the screws and cover the joints with tape.
Apply a few coats of patching compound, and when it's completely smooth, prime the repair.
In the end you can't even tell the wall was damaged.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Lgl4820814
    on Mar 5, 2016

    What is the best way to make marble sine?

  • Ellen Schneider Goodrich
    Ellen Schneider Goodrich
    on Mar 18, 2018

    Where do ýòù get backer board.

    • John Williams
      John Williams
      on Sep 9, 2018

      It is just a spare piece of wood that is slightly larger in length to go inside the hole. It must be long enough to be screwed inside the wall, across the hole. The new drywall patch piece is also screwed to it.

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  • This isn't the hard part, the part that always stumps me is matching the texture of the wall! A smooth repair on a textured wall looks like previous damage!
    on Feb 16, 2018

    @Ethan@OPC, I use the patch trace method and it is amazing.
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