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Patching large hole or repairing small hole in drywall


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 compound.

 

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 paint.

 

REPAIRING SMALL HOLES IN DRYWALL

  Repair kits for small holes include self- stick mesh patches that hold and reinforce the repair com pound.
     
  Quickly patch larger holes with clip kits. Set a dip on each side, and fasten it using a drywall screw.
 
  The mesh prevents com pound from falling into the wall cavity, so you can smooth out the surface.
     
  Set a piece of drywall in place, and fasten it through each clip. Then you can snap off the exposed clip strips.
 

 

 

 

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