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Home Maintenance>Repairs  /  November 24, 2015

How to Repair Drywall


When you have holes in your drywall, your first thought is to get them taken care of as soon as possible. The best approach is to use the Handyman Connection of Blue Ash to take care of the job for you. But there is always the temptation to take care of smaller drywall holes without having to bring in a professional.

Repairing drywall is inexpensive and relatively easy to do. But it is good to know that if you do make a mistake, you can call on us to do the job right. Depending on the size and location of the hole in your drywall, there are a few different methods you can use to make the hole go away.

Small Holes

If you look around your house, you can probably find drywall holes that are the size of a pencil or smaller. To fix a smaller hole, simply fill it in with wall plaster and allow it to dry. The wall plaster needs to extend past the wall surface so it can be sanded. If the first round of plaster is not bulging out past the wall surface, then put another layer on and let it dry.

Once the plaster has dried, you can sand it flush to the wall with a fine sanding block. With smaller holes, it is up to you if you want to go to the trouble of painting the entire wall just to cover up the repair. Sometimes a well-placed hanging picture can do a great job at preventing a day or two of painting.

Larger Holes

Once you get to holes that are the size of a baseball or larger, it gets difficult to fill the holes in with plaster. To take care of these larger holes, get a drywall repair kit that will contain a mesh patch and drywall compound. You start by putting the patch over the hole, and then covering the patch with the compound. If you apply the compound in a criss-cross pattern, then you may not need to sand when the job is done. Use the compound knife to soften the area around the patch to help it blend in with the wall.

You may need to put two coats of compound on this type of patch to make it look right, but the end result is worth it. You can take a sample of your current wall color to your local home improvement store and they will make you up a can of paint that should match your wall perfectly to allow you to get away with only painting the patched area.

Big Areas

Sometimes things happen and we get drywall holes that are six inches or more in width. To fix these holes, go to the local home improvement store and buy an inexpensive drywall scrap that you can cut to the exact size of the hole in your wall. It would be even easier to cut the patch into a square larger than the hole, and then cut a square hole into the wall that the patch can fit into properly.

Use some drywall screws to put wood strips in the open area that will allow you to mount the drywall patch. Put the patch in place using drywall screws into the new wood strips, and then surround the patch with drywall tape. After a couple of layers of drywall compound have dried, you will be ready to sand down the area and paint the wall.

Fixing drywall is not complicated, but it does take a certain amount of experience to do it right. If you have drywall holes you want fixed by an expert, then use Handyman Connection of Blue Ash to make the repairs quickly. Call us today at 513-771-3950 or click here to schedule a free, no-obligation project estimate!

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