If you go to the local home center looking for a wall repair kit, what you will find is a self sticking metal mesh like material that costs lots of money, doesn’t produce a good patch, and is very frustrating to work with. Here is a simple solution that will save you some money, but mostly it will save you time and aggravation.
Things you will need:
- A small piece of clean drywall that is bigger than the hole to be patched by a few inches.
- A utility knife to cut the new piece of drywall and clean up the hole to be patched.
- Some spackle (either pre-mixed paste, or the setting powder). You shouldn’t need much.
- A spackle knife.
Most of the time when there is a hole in your wall, it is the result of accidental damage. The hole is not going to have perfectly square edges like you will need it to for a patch. Also the damaged hole is going to have a wider area of damage on the inside of the wall than what you can see from the outside.
The first thing you will need to do is to make a square or rectangle hole that is a little larger than the hole you have in the wall. Let’s use a door knob puncture for example. The hole is round, but the damage is bigger on the inside. For this hole, if it is three inches in diameter, I would make a square that is four inches by four inches. This larger space should allow for the damage on this inside of the drywall. Mark and cut out the hole with a utility knife or drywall saw.
Now cut a square that is two inches bigger (one inch on each side) than the hole you just cut out. for example if the hole is three inches by three inches, then the drywall patch should be five by five. Score it, break it, and cut it with a utility knife.
Now on the back side of the drywall, measure one inch in from each edge and draw a line. Make sure this new area is just slightly smaller than the hole in the wall. Score along each line with your utility knife. Break the drywall at the score, and pull the broken piece off leaving a tab on the front side of the drywall patch. See the video below for more information. Test your new patch for fit in the hole. Adjust as necessary.
Put some spackle on the edges of the patch and place in the hole. Use your spackle knife to squeeze out any excess spackle.
Watch the video below to help clarify.