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How to Repair Damaged Drywall

By: Joe Truini

Drywall can become damaged over time. It’s not that difficult to repair, if you know how to go about it.

To repair a hole in drywall:

  1. Cut a patch slightly larger than the hole from a scrap of drywall the same thickness as the wall.
  2. Place the patch over the hole, and trace around it with a pencil.
  3. Cut to the lines with a drywall saw, and remove the damaged wallboard.
  4. Position 1”x 4” cleats in the wall behind the hole, and attach them in place with drywall screws.
  5. Insert the drywall patch in the hole, and screw it to the cleats using drywall screws.
  6. Cover the patch with joint compound and imbed strips of drywall tape over the seams.
  7. Smooth out the joint compound with a 6” drywall knife and allow to dry.
  8. Apply two additional coats, with a 10” drywall knife, feathering the compound out evenly over the adjoining surface.
  9. Once the compound has dried, sand it smooth before priming and painting.

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