Patch unsightly drywall holes

Tips on prep work, installation, finishing

Get Smarter. Grow Your Referral Network.
Limited seating available for Inman Connect San Francisco

Drywall patching is one of the most common projects on the do-it-yourselfer’s list. Whether it’s the result of some intentional remodeling work, such as creating a hole in the wall to fish some electrical wires, or from something accidental, like a doorknob hole in a wall, sooner or later you’re going to have an unsightly hole in your drywall that you need to take care of.

And while it’s a common project, it’s still one that intimidates a lot of people. But there’s no need to be scared off. The materials are cheap and readily available, and the techniques are easy to master with a little practice and a little patience.

Get the area ready for the patch

The first thing you’ll need to do is prepare the damaged area to receive the new patch. Lay a tarp or some plastic sheathing on the floor under the patch area, to catch all the debris. Wear eye protection and a dust mask while cutting the drywall, and for the subsequent sanding operations.