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How to Patch a Ceiling Hole

These step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to patch a ceiling hole where an old electrical box used to be.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Locate and Measure the Hole

First, locate the existing framing that supported the old electrical box. This will be the mounting point for the filler piece of wood to which the drywall patch will be secured. Measure the depth and diameter of the existing hole to determine size of filler piece.

Step 2: Cut and Attach the Scrap Wood

Cut a piece of scrap wood that is 1/2" thinner than the opening to allow for the thickness of drywall. You'll also want to cut the piece a little smaller than the opening. Use screws (or adhesive) to attach the scrap piece of wood to the framing piece.

Step 3: Cut and Attach the Drywall

Next, cut a piece of drywall a little smaller than the existing circle. Screw the drywall patch to the scrap wood filler piece.

cut and attach drywall

Step 4: Apply Drywall Compound

Fill the gaps with a coat of drywall compound. Allow the compound to dry, then sand lightly. Finish off with a second coat of compound, followed by primer and paint.

fill gaps with coat of drywall compound