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Repair a big drywall hole

Have you ever been faced with trying to repair a large hole in your wall which was caused by an errant board?

Items needed:

Joint compound
Scrap of wood
150 grit sandpaper
Piece of drywall
Drywall Screws (at least 1 1/4")
Screwdriver (preferably an electric model)
6" or larger tape knife
Utility knife
Drywall joint tape

Safety Suggestions and Tips
Check for wiring behind drywall
Use eye protection
Wear gloves
Use dust mask
Level of difficulty

Time Required:
   4 hours


Mark with a square

Step 1:

Using a square, or something similar, mark a square around the hole and cut it out.

Cut drywall from behind

Step 2:

This makes it easier to cut another piece of drywall to patch the hole. When cutting the hole, make sure you minimize damage to the back of the drywall (it looks like this from behind). Cut through the drywall and paper on the back.

Scrap wood

Step 3:

Cut a small scrap of wood (1x4 works good) slightly longer than the hole.  Being careful not to drop the board, insert it into the hole. 

Screw block from behind

Step 4:

Use drywall screws to secure a the board (or similar material) behind the drywall in the middle of the hole.  Drive the screws so that they are just slightly below the surface of the drywall.  If the hole is large you may need more than one brace.

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