How to Fix a Hole In the Wall

If you have never tried to fix a hole in the wall, don’t fret. You only need patience and a few basic tools to finish the job. This method is applicable regardless of the size of the hole.

Required Tools and Materials

Soft bristle brush
Medium or fine grit sandpaper
Putty knife
Utility knife
Drywall compound
Drywall or sheetrock tape
Drywall screws

Step 1

Tear out any loose material that is on the wall. You should also remove any debris or dust. Use the bristle brush to clean the area.

Step 2

Once the area is cleaned, sand it.

Step 3

Get the utility knife. Use it to shape the hole in a square. The straightedge will come in handy when setting up the line. Be certain you press into the wall firmly. Cut off any excess material on the wall.

Step 4

To fix a hole in the wall, cut another piece of drywall. The shape should be small enough to fit in the square you made but don’t make it too small; just enough so it fits in snugly.

Step 5

Insert the drywall piece into the hole. Fasten it into place with the drywall screw.

Step 6

Use the utility knife to slice a few more drywall pieces. Tape this on the edges of the section you fixed.

Step 7

Set a thin drywall compound layer on the repaired area. Apply the layer uniformly. Spread the layer and tape it. Apply enough compound so it goes beyond the edges by 5 inches.

Step 8

Give the drywall compound time to dry. Once the compound has dried, use medium or fine grit sandpaper.

Step 9

Now you can paint the wall. Before you paint it, remove the debris and other dirt. Paint the patched up hole the same color as the rest of the wall.

Tips and Warnings

The backing strips can be used if the stud cannot be located. If it is warm, the drywall compound will dry quickly. If it is cold, it may take a long time to dry. You can speed up the process by setting a fan a few feet away. Just to be sure, wear a respirator or some sort of face mask.

If you are going to fix a hole in the wall, make sure the place has sufficient ventilation. Painting in a clogged environment can make it very difficult. Wear old clothes if the work is large scale as it can get quite dirty.

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