Patching hole in wall

How to Patch a Hole in Drywall

by The Helpful Hardware Folks

Learn how to patch large or small holes in drywall. Find out the difference between spackle and joint compound. Follow along with Lou as he teaches you how to fix it.

Joint Compound vs. Spackle

If you’re joining together two pieces of drywall together or a larger hole, you will need to use a joint compound. For small holes, you can use spackle.

Repairing Small Holes

Use a putty knife to apply a thin layer over and in the hole. With small holes, you can sand and paint within thirty minutes.

Repairing Large Holes

Large holes can be repaired with a peel-and-stick metal patch. Make sure the patch overlaps the hole by at least 2″ or you will not get a smooth repair.

Repairing Extra Large Holes

For extra-large holes, there are a few more steps.

  1. Use a keyhole saw to cut out a square around the hole.
  2. Measure the hole exactly.
  3. Cut a replacement piece to measurements.
  4. Screw inDry Wall Brackets on all four sides of the cut-out hole.
  5. Place replacement drywall in a hole over the brackets.
  6. Screw the new drywall into brackets.
  7. Break off metal clips on brackets.
  8. Use fiber mesh tape over cracks.
  9. Apply joint compound. Thin even coats.
  10. Dry and sand.