How to Patch Drywall - Traditional Method 1

How to Patch Drywall – Traditional Method

Did you swing your door open too hard? Maybe you were moving furniture and someone miscalculated a turn. Or you tripped and fell, putting a hole in your drywall. Either way it happened; we won’t tell Mom.

Drywall is composed of a solid gypsum core extruded between thick sheets of facer and backer paper. This means that while drywall is a phenomenal construction material, it’s relatively weak as compared to its counterparts. Since drywall is very prone to damage, it’s a good idea to know how to repair it…unless you want to pay a handyman.

Don’t worry visual learners, we’ll be linking a video.

Traditional method

Cut a piece of drywall that’s slightly larger than the damage on your drywall. Trace the cut-out piece of drywall and, using a drywall saw, cut out the drywall. It’s crucial that you exercise caution; shine a flashlight and check for any electrical wiring that may be hidden behind the drywall. Using drywall screws, take small furring strips and secure them on the left and right sides behind the hole.

Grab the cut-out drywall and carefully screw it into place, making sure not to overdrive the screws. Apply joint tape on the perimeter of the hole and over any screws. Using a drywall knife, cover the hole and joint tape with compound.

Once the compound has dried, sand the patched area until everything is smooth. Removing all dust prior, prime and paint the patched area. Voila!


As promised, here is the video! (Skip to 3:50) Check out our previous blogs to find additional methods of drywall patching.

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