How to Patch Drywall Like a Pro

November 30th, 2023

Repairing drywall can be done with a few simple steps. Here’s how you can patch drywall like a pro:

Gather the necessary tools and supplies: Depending on the size of the hole, you may need different tools and supplies. Here are some common ones you might need:

Small holes: Spackle or joint compound, putty knife, sanding sponge or fine-grit sandpaper.
Medium holes: Spackle, putty knife, sanding sponge or fine-grit sandpaper, self-adhesive mesh patch.
Large holes: Measuring tape, stud finder, pencil, drywall saw, utility knife, drywall scraps, drywall screws, drill, furring strips, joint tape, joint compound, sanding sponge.
Safety equipment: Dust mask, paintbrush.
Prepare the damaged area: Clean the damaged area by removing any loose debris or old drywall. Use a utility knife to create clean edges around the hole.

Patch the hole:

For small holes: Fill the hole with lightweight spackle or joint compound using your finger or a putty knife. Make sure the spackle completely fills the hole and is level with the rest of the wall.
For medium holes: Apply spackle to the hole, then place a self-adhesive mesh patch over it. Use a putty knife to smooth the patch and remove any excess spackle.
For large holes: Cut a piece of drywall slightly larger than the hole. Secure the patch to the wall using drywall screws and furring strips. Apply joint tape around the edges of the patch to strengthen the repair. Cover the entire patch and joint tape with joint compound, smoothing it with a putty knife. Feather the edges to blend the repair with the rest of the wall.
Sand and finish: Once the patch is dry, sand it smooth using a sanding sponge or fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust. Apply a coat of primer and let it dry. Finally, paint the patched area to match the surrounding wall.