How to Repair a Large Drywall Hole

Whether it’s by accident or intent, sooner or later, a wall or ceiling gets damaged and has to be patched.

Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to make a solid, virtually invisible repair. 

Most of us know how to repair small dents, nail pops, and smaller holes. However, when it comes to larger drywall holes, some may find it intimidating to repair.

Repairing a large hole (over 6 inches) in your wall is surprisingly easy when you follow these simple steps.

  1. Cut a piece of drywall into a square a little bit bigger than the hole.
  2. Hold the square over the hole in the drywall and trace around the edges.
  3. Cut along the lines on the wall with a drywall knife.
  4. Inside the hole, attach a furring strip, a small, thin piece of wood, to either side of the hole with screws. Sink the screws beneath the surface of the drywall.
  5. Set the drywall patch in place and screw it into the furring strips, sinking the screws beneath the surface of the drywall.
  6. Apply joint tape to the borders of the patch. Joint tape is made of mesh and strengthens the bond between the patch and the wall, reducing movement and helping to prevent future cracks.
  7. Cover the patch and tape with joint compound, feathering the edges. Allow the compound to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Apply a second coat if needed. Sand smooth.

Visit Lowe’s and This Old House for the complete step by step instructions (with images and videos) to help with all types of drywall repairs!

Source: ©Morris Real Estate Marketing Group & The Bytown Team; Real Homes

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