How can I repair a large hole in the ceiling?


Repair the ceiling hole

  11 answers
  • You will need to make the hole a uniform size - square/rectangle and cut out the sheetrock to that shape. Cut another piece of sheetrock the same size and install it with drywall screws to the studs. The seams will need to be taped, mudded, sanded, primed and painted.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 02, 2020

    Hello Amanda,

    I can only agree with Ann, although Sheetrock for me would be "Plasterboard" and Mud would be "Plastered". I am English you see...........

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 02, 2020

    Hi Amanda, hope this link helps you, I am not sure if you are dealing with paneling or drywall textured or not.

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 02, 2020

    Hi Amanda: This looks long and complicated, but it's not. Well, yeah, it's long, but not complicated. I've done this a lot of times:

    Most times you can get scrap pieces of dry wall at your home improvement store free. Just ask if they have any. A no is better than a missed yes:) It's not as hard to do as it seems, even though this looks long, and you can do this for any type of hole in wallboard, on the wall or ceiling.

    Here's what you need.

    A piece of wallboard that is about 3" bigger than your hole,

    a pencil,

    A pieces of string about 3 feet long with a knot at one end

    2 pieces of wood, like paint stirring sticks, 4" longer than the hole


    something to make 2 small holes in the new wall board and sticks


    A can of fruit, soup, beans or something, doesn't matter.

    Now, the destructions:)

    Cut the drywall so that it will cover your hole with a couple of inches all around. Now, draw around this piece of drywall, onto your wall. Remove it carefully, straight down, and don't turn it around at all. With the pencil, make a mark on the back of the drywall to show which side is up and faces which way. Make a mark on the wall or ceiling, too, so you can match the marks. You're going to paint the area anyway, so the mark won't show. This way, you will have a perfect fit. Now, cut the old drywall out along the pencil line, and if you're lucky, you will have the size of the new patch left in it, or at least close. Get the sticks and poke a hole in each one, in the middle at the centre. They should be longer than the hole by 2 or more inches. Make a hole in the middle centre of your new wall board, to match the holes in the sticks. You can poke a nail through the holes in the sticks and make a hole in the drywall piece at the same time. Run the string through each of the paint sticks with the knot coming out of the back, facing the inside of the hole, and the string hanging on the outside of the wall. Glue the sticks firmly, to the inside of the wall or ceiling, gluing at the top and bottom of the sticks and facing opposite of each other, making a +. When they are fairly well set, put some spackle on the rough edges of your patch, the sticks and the hole in the wall/ceiling. While that is drying a bit, pull the string through the back of the patch where you made the hole. Pull it all the way through, noting (ta da!) the position of the arrow! :), and push the patch into the hole. It should fit perfectly! Now, get your cans of fruit, beans, whatever and tie the string around the can. Let the can dangle, it will pull the paint sticks to the wall/ceiling and secure the patch to the wall/ceiling and sticks. This way, your patch won't push back inside if you push on it. Let this sit over night. When it seems secure and dry, (push it a bit) then you can cut the string close to the patch and maybe sand the end off if it is sticking out. Put the can back where it came from. Spackle the edges of your patched area, feathering the spackle out and let it dry. Wipe with a damp cloth, or sand, your choice, and put another thin coat of spackle all over the patch and edges, feathering the edges, and let dry then sand or wipe. Paint to match and there, you're all done! :) I t's not as daunting as it seems. You can do this, I have faith in you. Heck, if I can do it, anyone can!:) Good luck

  • Gathered In The Kitchen Gathered In The Kitchen on Feb 03, 2020

    Using spackle, which can be purchased at any local hardware store, and a flat paint scrapper will do the trick. You will need to sand after the spackle has dried to make sure it's even with your ceiling

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 04, 2020

    Hi Amanda. Cut a piece of drywall the same size as the hole. Fit it in place with drywall screws. Then sand after it has dried for 24 hrs and wipe off any dust. Next is primer and paint. If the hole is in your bathroom, use green board instead of drywall. Finish up with primer and paint.

  • Gathered In The Kitchen Gathered In The Kitchen on Feb 24, 2020

    Depending on how large the hole is, you may need more patch...but assuming it's not too large, you can use a kit like this to repair the hole.