Minor blemishes to drywall surfaces are easy to repair by just filling
the spots with joint compound, letting it dry, and sanding it smooth. But
larger holes require more effort. You can use one of the kits described in
the box on the opposite page. Or you can use scrap lumber, construction
adhesive, and a drywall scrap thatís large enough to cover the hole. While
itís not necessary to square up the hole before you make the patch, itís a
good idea because it makes every following step in the process easier.
Step 2. Install the other
board on the other side of the opening. Once both lx3s are in place,
spread some construction adhesive on the exposed parts of the boards.
Smooth the adhesive using a putty knife.
Step 4. Using a 4-in, taping
knife, spread a coat of joint compound over the seams. Cover this with
paper tape, followed by another coat of compound. Let the compound dry;
sand it smooth; and use a 10-in, taping knife to apply another coat of
Step 1. Enlarge the hole so
itís a square or a rectangle; then cut two lengths of scrap 1x3 so they
extend 2 in. past the opening on the top and bottom. Spread adhesive
along one edge; hold the board against the back of the drywall; and
attach it using screws driven through the front of the wall.
Step 3. Measure the wall
opening, and cut a piece of scrap drywall to match. Make sure the patch
you cut is the same thickness as the drywall thatís in place. Attach the
patch to the lx3s using drywall screws.
Step 5. Once the joint
compound is dry, sand the whole a patch with a medium-grit sanding block
or a piece of 120-grit sandpaper wrapped around a wood block. Vacuum up
the sanding dust; prime the patch; and finish up with a topcoat of