Patching a Hole in Drywall

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Drywall expert Mark McClain demonstrates his top tips for repairing drywall in your home, including how to patch a hole in drywall.

    Hi, my name is Mark McClain and now we are going to show you how to repair a hole in the wall. Now, with a hammer you can tap on the wall and hear the stud behind the wall. It will sound solid. We are going to figure out what does this say, its patch is going to be. We are going to make this one 16 inches in between the studs. Now, we rip six inches long, whereas width of the stud will be 16 inches. I am very carefully, just cutting out a patch to cover this, to go to stud to studs, we have backing. Make sure it is nice and clean. We just lay the patch over the hole take our pencil, we will mark this up. We are going to scrape it with a knife. I am just tearing that away. We are going to use a keyhole now and make sure we do not stick it in too far; we do not cut through any electrical wires. I am going to take this patch out, make sure that we hit this wood and remove this off the wall without damaging the rest of that. There are some nails in here. You either pound them in or try to take them out. I am going to just chisel this out up to the exposed wood, I am going to cut that back. I am using my knife. Make sure we got it all clean and cut back. We will go in to see how this fits. No problem and sink some screws in here, making sure that thing hits studs here and we go ahead and put some screws on the other side of it to prevent it from tacking. This one, we would go ahead and do this next coat of painting which I actually have something to present it back. You definitely want to make sure you hit studs when you cut back the patch. Now, we are going to make some more chemical mud to try to speed up this process and we will be taping this drywall repair. We use some of the fast setting chemical mud or you can also use the vinyl that comes premixed in the box. Now, we are going to go ahead and take the dry wall repair through the area and see you are going to cover all that up. Yeah, you are just making sure that you pre-fill all the cracks and that there are no blisters in the tape that is another problem. We go ahead and we put the tape on the top and the bottom and smooth that over, so that we make sure that the mud is the most important to be under, between the layers of tape. We are going to go ahead and take it right across here. I am just going to cover the whole piece because this was such a small patch. I am going to go ahead and just cover it all the way down a little. This will make it easier to finish. About 30-40 minutes to set up and we will put the next coat on top of that. Now, again, we are going to put the mud on to make sure that we can not see the tape. One of the tricks here would be not seeing the tape and we are going to float this patch out a little bigger than what it was before. Many people try to make it too small, but you have to feather this out and blend it together, just making a steady pass across the seam and now, we go back the other way to cover those and that will take care of that coat. We are going to let that dry now and we will come back and hit that one more time. At the end of this, we are going to show you how to do some final skimming and texturing. In my next segment, we are going to show you how to do the skimming coat.