Drywall Hole Repair

“How can we do drywall hole repair? There will always be holes in walls, whether they occur intentionally or not. Fortunately, patching holes in drywall is relatively simple for homeowners and renters alike.”


Drywall Hole Repair


Hanging art, furniture, or wall mounts requires the use of screws, nails, pushpins, and other fasteners that may cause small holes in the drywall. When these objects hang, the holes in the wall are invisible, but if you wish to change your decor, you must fill them with drywall compound or hang another similar-sized object to cover them.

In most cases, more giant holes in drywall occur by accident:

  • Someone falls into the drywall.
  • Something hits it.
  • A hole is cut in the wrong place and needs repairing.

It isn’t as easy to patch and paint drywall to make your wall look new when these larger holes aren’t as quickly filled as nail holes, but you can do so.

Home renovations and ongoing home maintenance need to know how to drywall hole repair, whether you are filling nail holes, repairing small holes, or patching larger holes.


Hole Size Gauging

It is essential to determine the extent of the damage before you begin your drywall repair work to decide how to proceed. Drywall hole repair depends on the size of the hole. It is easy to patch near-unnoticeable holes or damages caused by fasteners, dents, and dings while moving furniture, carrying items into the house, or when kids or pets play indoors. These minor blemishes can be repaired quickly using a drywall compound and a putty knife.

Glue or spackle alone cannot fix drywall holes smaller than a doorknob, or more significantly, since it will collapse if not adequately supported. It is necessary to use an adhesive patch kit for these small drywall holes that will cover the hole and support the drywall compound while it dries to repair them.

If the damaged area exceeds 1 square foot, you will need more than a patch kit to repair the drywall hole. You must install new drywall cut to the correct dimensions. Small strips of wood are installed on either side of the replacement piece to prevent the drywall patch from collapsing into the wall.


Retouching vs. Painting The hole Wall

If you’ve repaired drywall damage, you must choose between touching up the repair and repainting the entire wall. Before you paint the patched area, you must prime it, as an unprimed compound absorbs the paint’s color and sheen. You can also choose a paint that contains primer.

The paint may blend in with the existing color of the wall to cover minor blemishes like dents or nail holes. Still, as the repair gets larger, it becomes more difficult to effectively touch up the patch without it being noticeable. If this occurs, you may have to repaint the wall completely.


Here’s What You’ll Need/Tools and Equipment


Drywall Repair of Very Small Holes and Dents

  • The putty knife
  • The paintbrush


Repairing small holes in drywall

  • The putty knife
  • The paintbrush


Repairing large holes in drywall

  • Tape measure
  • A utility knife
  • The pencil
  • The drywall saw
  • The drill
  • The putty knife
  • The paintbrush


The Materials


Repairing tiny holes and dents in drywall

  • Spackle
  • The sandpaper
  • The paint


Drywall patching for small holes

  • Patch kit
  • Joint compound or spackle
  • The sandpaper
  • The primer
  • Paint


Repairing large holes in drywall

  • A drywall wall
  • The furring strips
  • The screws
  • Tape for drywall
  • Compound joint
  • The sandpaper
  • The primer
  • The paint


Drywall Patching for Very Small Holes and Dents

Repairs using spackle are the most basic drywall fixes. Due to the minimal amount of damage, you won’t need to cut new drywall pieces, as spackle can serve to patch dents, dings, trim nails, and screws. If you plan to paint over the spackle, you must wait for it to dry.

This type of repair usually only takes a few minutes to complete. Identify all drywall dings in your home as soon as possible so you can fix many dents at once. You can find dents by rubbing your hand over the wall’s surface and marking the dent with painter’s tape.


Use spackle to fill holes, dents, or dents.

Fill the hole with spackle and scrape any excess with a putty knife. Apply spackle to the damaged area with a putty knife. The spackle doesn’t need to be perfect, so it’s OK if you have some leftover while drying.


Let the spackle dry.

Although it’s tempting to skip this step when the repair is so minor, sanding or painting too soon can cause the spackle to sink into the wall or come off. Before continuing to the next step, check the manufacturer’s directions to determine how long the spackle takes to dry.


Reprisal of the repair and painting

Use paint to touch up the repair and make it look like it never happened. If you recently painted the room, use leftover paint. If you don’t have sandpaper, you can use a sandpaper block to sand the surface-hardened spackle.

Use a paint chip at your local home improvement store to mix a color-matched paint if you don’t have a matching color. If you don’t get it right here, you will have to spend more time and energy fixing the mess: A shade you thought would look good at the store will likely not precisely match the existing paint, resulting in an unimpressive repair job.


Patching Small Holes in Drywall

In patch kits, a self-adhesive mesh patch is attached to the drywall and covers the hole so that it covers the hole that’s about the size of a doorknob. The patch goes on top of the drywall at the edges of the hole, which makes it a little higher after the repair is complete because it goes on top of the drywall on the edge of the hole.


Edge the hole with sandpaper or scrape.

When applying the adhesive patch, ensure the hole’s edge is smooth before using it. Sandpaper or a putty knife will work to sand or scrape around the hole so that the patch will adhere to the smooth surface of the wall. Patches may not sit flush against walls, resulting in uneven surfaces.


Put the patch on

Secure the patch in place using even pressure across the entire patch. The patch’s adhesive backing sticks to the smooth drywall surrounding the hole.


Spread the spackle around.

Spackle will be used for minor repairs, while joint compound will serve for more significant ones. With a patch kit, you can cover the patch entirely with either a spackle or a lightweight joint compound.

Once the spackle or joint compound is applied, feather the edges so they blend into the wall with a putty knife, using a second layer if necessary. To use the less joint compound, feathering the edges of patches. Apply pressure to the patch and then flatten the knife’s blade near it.


Allow the spackle to dry.

Depending on the manufacturer’s directions, you must wait until the spackle is dry before you can sand or paint. Spackle usually takes two to three hours to dry, but joint compound usually takes 24 hours.


Paint and sand

If you are concerned that the patch will stand out, you can paint it to blend in with the rest of the wall or repaint it completely. When the spackle or joint compound has dried, sand it down. If you are concerned about the patch standing out, prime and paint it to match the rest of the wall.


Drywall Patching: How to Repair Large Holes

Measuring and cutting a piece of drywall is necessary to fill a giant hole (around 1 square foot). Because of the extent of the damage, a patch kit cannot cover the entire hole.


Drywall Patching: How to Repair Large Holes


Small strips of wood, known as furring strips, are installed on either side of the hole on this replacement piece of drywall. The patch must be taped, covered with drywall compound, and allowed to dry before sanding and painting the new drywall.


Drywall Measurement and Cutting

To patch the damage, a new piece of drywall must be slightly larger than the hole. You can cut a piece of drywall the appropriate size by measuring the hole with a tape measure.


Drywall the hole by cutting around it.

Before patching the drywall hole, the hole must be cut larger and into a regular shape. You can use a pencil to trace the border around the piece of drywall by holding it up to the wall so that it completely covers the hole. After drawing a pencil line around the hole, cut it out to the size and shape of the patch using a drywall saw.


Put furring strips in place.

Use drywall screws and a drill to secure half of each strip to the drywall. Measure and cut thin wood strips vertically in the wall on either side of the hole. The other half should stick into the hole to support the drywall patch.


Put the patch on the furring strips.

With drywall screws and a drill, fasten the drywall patch to the furring strips in the hole. If the hole is the same size and shape as the patch, the patch should fit snugly in the opening.


Tape and compound the joints

Use mesh joint tape along the patch’s borders for more substantial repairs, reduced shifting, and prevention of future cracks. A putty knife is used to apply joint compound to the patch and joint tape. Apply another layer if necessary, and then use a putty knife to smooth the compound. To help blend the repair with the rest of the wall, feather the edges.

It is more challenging to repair textured drywall than standard drywall because you must also recreate the same textured appearance after fixing the drywall. You can use a wall texture spray or learn how to make textures such as a comb, popcorn, or orange peel for a quick alternative.


Allow to dry, then sand and paint.

Depending on the manufacturer, you may need to wait up to 48 hours before sanding the joint compound. There is a 24-48 hour turnaround time on average.

After putting it onto the compound for jointing, apply the sanding block or repair blend to your wall. If you repair a large hole in a noticeable fence and want to match the surrounding walls, repaint the entire wall since an isolated patch of new paint will stand out.

Once you have achieved the look and feel you want, you can prime and paint the patch to match the surrounding walls. Priming is also an excellent idea for larger holes to prevent the patch’s texture from sticking out when repainted. Using high-gloss paint is a standard solution to this problem.


Drywall Hole Repair FAQ


Can you patch a hole in the drywall that is too large?

It’s not necessarily the hole size that determines how large to patch but rather how it affects the structural integrity of the drywall panel. A hole over eight or ten inches in diameter may be too large to fix. There could be additional cracks in the drywall panel, meaning the panel needs replacing if there is a smaller hole.


Is spackle an alternative to drywall mud?

With large holes in your drywall, spackle should not serve in place of drywall mud. Drywall joint compound, which should replace it instead, should be used for large holes in your drywall.


Are joint compounds or spackle stronger?

There is an excellent difference between spackle and joint compound (also known as drywall mud). Even though spackle is weaker than joint compound, it is a beautiful filler for holes. Spackle is more elastic, dries faster, and does not shrink as much as joint compound. Joint compound is best for taping and finishing large drywall holes.


Is Spackle capable of filling a significant gap?

Typically, spackle can fill gaps up to 1/2 inch wide. For gaps that are bigger but still relatively small, you will need to patch them with another piece of drywall.


Conclusion: Drywall Hole Repair

It is easy to repair drywall holes that can significantly improve the look of your walls. A repair involves cleaning out the damaged area, applying a patch or filler, sanding the surface smooth, and then painting it to match the surrounding area.

By doing so, the wall is restored to its original state and protected from further damage. With the right tools and patience, a hole in drywall can be effectively repaired, ensuring a professional-looking result.