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How to fix or patch a hole in drywall

You can repair in 8 easy steps a large hole in a wall by fitting in a patch cut from a scrap piece of wallboard. Held the patch in place, or backed up by a backup plate. Follow the steps below and you will see results:

1. First use a straight edge to mark the area you plan to remove, and use a drywall saw to remove the damaged area and any insulation from above

2. Your replacement piece should be the same thickness as the existing drywall and make sure the replacement piece will have adequate support. If necessary, you can toenail a wood block between the joists for added support

3. Use a utility knife to cut out a piece of drywall to fit the area you’re replacing

4. Replace any insulation you removed earlier, and fit the replacement piece into the hole

5. Always secure the drywall using drywall screws

6. Then apply a thin layer of joint compound over the joints and drywall screws, and apply a piece of drywall tape to the wet joint compound. Apply an additional layer of joint compound over the drywall tape and smooth it out with a drywall knife

7. Sand the area smooth and apply additional coats as necessary

8. When the area is dry and smooth, prime and paint it to match the ceiling. You are done.

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