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How to Patch a Hole in Drywall

By: Joe Truini

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Here’s a tip for patching a hole in drywall:

  • Start by using a drywall saw to cut a square around the hole.
  • Get an extra piece of drywall and cut a patch 2 inches larger than the hole on all sides.
  • Turn the patch over and score four lines, snap it, and peel off the gypsum core. What you’re left with is a square of drywall attached to the center of the paper.
  • Spread some drywall joint compound on the back of the paper and plug it in the square you cut out of the wall.
  • Smooth out the paper with a taping knife and let dry overnight.
  • Sand, prime and paint the patch.

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  • Chi Chi Says:
    October 4th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    This is cool, I have never seen a repair like this one. But won’t this leave a noticeable square outline? Especially with textured, orange-peel walls like I have here in California.


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How to Patch a Hole in Drywall