Easily Fix any Hole in Your Drywall

Punched hole in the drywall

Nobody wants to have a hole in their wall. And if this has unfortunately happened to you don't worry, it can be fixed. For the most part you have two options. Pay someone to fix the hole in the drywall, which can be expensive depending on how simple the job is, or tackle the job yourself and save some money. Option two requires some experience with basic tools and following instructions. If option two sounds like you then it is time to roll up your sleeves and get started. One last thing, if you have a good story behind the hole in your wall share below in the comment section.

First you should cut your hole into a square or rectangle. This will make it easier to cut a matching piece of drywall. Measure this hole before visiting your local hardware store.

There are different varieties of materials you can use for fixing a hole in the wall, and if you ask an employee at the hardware store they may tell you to get supplies different from the ones on this list.

  • Drywall: Bring your measurements.
  • Tape: You can choose between mesh or paper tape.
  • Setting Compound OR Joint Compound: Setting Compound is preferred, but if you choose join compound make sure you get non-shrinking. It will make your life easier.
  • Backer Boards: This is a thin piece of wood (plywood) you put behind your drywall for support. Make sure you get wood wider or longer than the hole you are patching.
  • 1-1/4 inch drywall screws.
  • Primer and Paint: Bring a piece of your wall as a sample to match paint colors.

You may also need to buy tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Fine-grit Sandpaper
  • Drywall or Putty Knife
  • Drywall Saw: This is used to cut the initial hole in your wall into a square, and to cut the drywall. Get this if you feel like you need a cutting tool.
  • Paintbrush

The Stages of repairing a punched hole of drywall

  • The next step is to add the backer board to the drywall. Cut the wood 4 inches longer than the hole, and put the wood behind the wall. Screw this board into place (4 screws should do it), and make sure you countersink them in- meaning you drive them below the surface of the wall.
  • Cut the drywall to size and screw it into the backer wall.
  • Apply the tape around your patch.
  • Mix your setting or joint compound until it is of thick consistency. When it is ready, apply it with your drywall/putty knife and let it dry.
  • You may need to apply another coat of the compound to smooth out any rough edges, and make it even to your wall.
  • After it is dry, apply sandpaper to remove any rough surfaces.
  • Apply primer to both your new drywall and the area around it.
  • Paint your wall!

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