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How to Repair a Hole in Drywall

Learn how to patch a hole in drywall.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Secure Furring Strips to Outside Edges of Hole

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Holes in walls happen. Whether it's from moving in large furniture or something else, the method to repair it is the same. You will need more supplies to fill a larger hole, and it requires a few more steps, too. Cut the damaged area out to calculate how large a patch you will need to have on hand to repair the hole.

The repair method for a hole in a wall depends on the amount of damage. To repair a fairly large hole, such as the one shown here, you will need furring strips and a piece of drywall to cover the area before you can apply joint compound and finish the wall. For smaller holes, a piece of mesh tape is enough to hold the joint compound in place.

Cut a Piece of Drywall

If you have a large hole or damaged area in your wall or ceiling, you will need to patch the hole (Image 1).

Cut a piece of drywall to a size just larger than the damaged area. Use this as a template to trace on the wall (Image 2).

Following the pencil mark, cut out the wall section with a drywall knife (Image 3).

Cut and Secure Furring Strips

Cut two furring strips about 6 inches wider than the hole. Insert the strips into the hole (Image 1).

Secure each furring strip to the outside edges of the hole with screws (Image 2).

Insert the Drywall Patch

The furring strip is used to attach the drywall patch in place. Insert the drywall patch into the hole (Image 1).

Make sure the drywall patch fits, without large gaps around the edges (Image 2).

Apply Tape and Joint Compound

Apply tape along the seams between the drywall patch and the wall (Image 1).

Cover the tape with joint compound. Follow the steps for finishing drywall to finish the repair (Image 2).

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Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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