Patching Holey Drywall
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Don't be ashamed of your damaged walls! Kim demonstrates how to fix and patch holey drywall!
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Kim here from The Handy Woman D I Y! Do you have unexplainable, random holes appearing in your drywall? This could be caused by rambunctious children, or a certain childlike person. On this episode, we heal the hideously holey drywall!

Holes in your drywall can be so nerve wrecking that you don’t want to have company over, but worry not, it only looks difficult!

Though uncommon they come in many shapes and sizes!

For holes that are smaller than a single strip of mesh tape.

Simply cover the hole with the tape, and trowel some compound over the tape.

If a bubble appears after it dries, scrape it with the trowel and apply a second coat of compound.

For any holes the tape doesn’t fully cover, You’re going to have to patch the wall, because the mesh tape will become springy and you’ll always be able to see it.

To do that, you’re going to need to make the hole... bigger.

First, check inside the hole to make sure there are no wires or pipes near where you are going to cut.

Take a piece of drywall that’s bigger than the hole, and then trace the new piece on the wall around the hole.

Then you just need to cut along the lines with a drywall saw.

If the hole doesn’t connect to two wooden studs, you’ll have to add a piece of wood to the back of the wall.

Just cut a piece that is about 4” longer than the size of the hole so there is some overhang, then screw the wood to the wall where it overlaps.

Place the patch into the hole, and screw it to the wood on both sides.

That really brings this hole down to size!

To cover this gorge, just run mesh tape along all four sides, and then it’s ready for compound, lots of compound!

The trick is to spread a thin smooth coat in a wide area to ensure a near seamless transition over the tape.

It will never be perfectly flat, you’re just creating the illusion of it being flat.

You might need a couple of coats, just spread the compound out further each time.

Once it’s dry, all it needs is a light sanding and a fresh coat of paint!