Improve Your DIY Skills. Repair Large Drywall Holes like a Pro

Improve Your DIY Skills. Repair Large Drywall Holes like a Pro


get the best drywall repair tools and materialsDrywall is an excellent material for any building’s interior. However, sometimes accidents happen, and your drywall is not indestructible. Thus, today, we took the time to prepare this useful blog on how to repair large drywall holes.

WHAT MATERIALS AND TOOLS DO YOU NEED?

Having the right materials will make of this DIY project a complete success, so let’s see what you need to get.

Materials Tools
  • Drywall tape
  • Construction glue
  • Drywall screws
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Sticky fiberglass mesh tape
  • Drywall sanding screen
  • A drywall scrap bigger than the hole
  • Two pieces of good wood (8″ larger than the longest length of the hole)
  • Drill
  • Drywall saw
  • Drywall knife
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

REPAIR LARGE DRYWALL HOLES LIKE A PRO WITH THESE 6 STEPS

cutting the drywall hole into an square

This 6-step process is perfect to repair drywall holes larger than 6″. So, let’s see what the first step is.

1ST STEP: PREPARING THE AREA TO BE FIXED

With a big ruler, you should draw a square or rectangular section around the big hole in the drywall.

Now, it’s time to get into action. Cut carefully along the lines on the wall with a sharp drywall saw. Before cutting the edges, make sure that there is no presence of electrical wires. We are highly concerned for your safety, so take care.

2ND STEP: PROVIDING THE RIGHT BACKUP SUPPORT

The two pieces of wood must be at least 6″ larger than the rectangular or square hole that is going to be fixed. First of all, you must place one piece of wood into the right side of drywall opening in a way that the wood piece overlaps each end of the opening.

Then, hold the piece of wood firmly and start to fasten it with 1″ up to 1 ½” drywall screws. You should place one screw at every side of the opening at about 1″ away from the drywall opening.

The two pieces of wood should be placed at maximum 6″ away from each other.

Then, you should repeat the same process on the left side. Providing the right backing support is one of the most important steps for you to repair large drywall holes like a pro.

3RD STEP: INSTALLING THE DRYWALL PATCH

The first thing you need to do is to draw a square or rectangle (whichever it is) with the same dimensions of the drywall opening. Then, you should cut the piece to fit perfectly in the drywall opening.

Last, you can fasten the drywall piece to the wood pieces installed in the previous step. You need to place 4 screws (one at every corner) of the same size as you did for fastening the wood supporting pieces.

Place every screw at a distance no closer than 1″ from the edges of the drywall opening. Make sure to do with great precision every step. Doing so, you’ll be proud to say that you can repair large drywall holes with efficiency and effectiveness.

fiberglass mesh tape provides strength to the drywall patch

4TH STEP: USE THE FIBERGLASS MESH TAPE

Now, you should proceed to cover all the seams in the repaired panel by using a sticky fiberglass mesh tape. Make sure that the tape overlaps at the corners to give more strength to the fastened drywall patch.

5TH STEP: APPLYING THE DRYWALL JOINT COMPOUND

Use a drywall knife to apply the first coat of drywall compound over the mesh tape. Once the drywall mixture has dried, you should smooth its surface by sanding it with a drywall sanding screen. Don’t ever use sandpaper or your hands as you won’t be able to get the sanding flat, which as a result will ruin the appearance of the repaired section.

6TH STEP: DOING THE LAST COATINGS

Apply between 3 or 4 coats of drywall compound over the fixed part. In the end, make sure to sand the last layer carefully to leave a smooth surface.

Make sure to follow this 6-step process to repair large drywall holes like a pro. But if you feel that you aren’t ready to undertake this DIY project, don’t hesitate to contact our experts. Here at Carlos Melgar Craftsman Handyman, we have more than 25 years delivering exceptional services in all of Los Angeles Counties!



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