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How to Patch and Repair Drywall

There are several ways to fix surface defects on your walls. Learn to patch and repair drywall.

Tools & Materials


Drywall Saw

Utility Knife

Joint Knife

Tape Measure


Dust Mask

Construction Adhesive

Drywall Tape

Masking Tape

Drywall Screws

Joint Compound

Drywall Patch Kit

Drywall Scraps

Drywall Patch Plaster

Drywall Screen

Sanding Sponge

Step 1

Cut a piece of drywall into a square a little bit bigger than the hole.

Step 2

Hold the square over the hole in the drywall and trace around the edges.

Step 3

Cut along the lines on the wall with a drywall knife.

Step 4

Inside the hole, attach a furring strip, a small, thin piece of wood, to either side of the hole with screws. Sink the screws beneath the surface of the drywall.

Step 5

Set the drywall patch in place and screw it into the furring strips, sinking the screws beneath the surface of the drywall.

Step 6

Apply joint tape to the borders of the patch. Joint tape is made of mesh and strengthens the bond between the patch and the wall, reducing movement and helping to prevent future cracks.

Step 7

Cover the patch and tape with joint compound, feathering the edges. Allow the compound to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a second coat if needed. Sand smooth.