Damages in the drywall can be troublesome, especially in case of water problems. The water can leak into the house from the drywall holes and can create quite a mess. It is important to repair holes in the drywall in order to avoid this situation and it is also not very difficult to fix it and you only need a minimal equipment to do that.
Let us get started with a simple step by step procedure to fix holes in a drywall. Drywall is also known by the names of plasterboard, sheetrock, wallboard, and gypsum board so do not get confused by the terms.
Steps to Fixing a Hole in Drywall
Fixing a small hole in the drywall (4 to 10cm)
If you want to fix small or medium holes in the drywall, which is around 4 to 10cm in length then you can follow the below-described steps:
- Buy a ready-made drywall patch from any nearby home or hardware store. These patches are simply peeled and stick type having a metal back for added strength. If the hole is created by the hitting of a doorknob or any other thing, it will patch the wall but it may not be strong enough to hold another hit. So it is better to go with a new piece of drywall to patch it.
- To do that, clean the edges of the hold by using a utility knife to create a clean hole. Cut the ready-made patch carefully according to the size of the hole. Clean the greasy or dusty areas of the walls using TSP solution but don’t let the wall get too wet. After that, apply the patch and smooth it to remove air bubbles. Apply a thin coat of joint compound over the patch to smooth it out with the surrounding wall and let it dry.
- After drying, sand the area using a sandpaper attached to a drywall sander. Use a thin coat of joint compound to hide any minor imperfections.
Fix a large hole in the drywall
Follow the below-described method to fix large holes in the drywall:
- Use a carpenter’s square and a pencil to create an outline around the damaged area.
- Use a utility knife to cut the outlined area in square or rectangle helping you to replace the wall easily.
- Cut a piece of plywood to place in the drywall to create a backing. Make sure to cut it at least 4 inches larger than the area you want to patch.
- Use a screwdriver to install the plywood backing. In order to make the screws invisible, countersink them.
- Take measurements of the area and cut the same size of the patch from the drywall. Make sure that the new piece of drywall is no thicker than your existing wall for a smooth application.
- Apply a fiberglass drywall tape to patch the piece around the area.
- Spread a thin drywall compound to cover the screws and joints and sand the area using sandpaper.
- You can reapply additional layers to create a smooth drywall patch.
- Conceal the fixed area by using paint sprayers or other paints.