A patch is crucial to fix a hole in drywall. It’s said that the drywall isn’t secured strongly if it hole isn’t patched up. But, sometimes, shortcuts work when repairing the drywall. You don’t have to go through the entire patching process and waste your time. Most importantly, this avoids another trip to the hardware store.
This is only possible if the hole in the drywall is small, less than 8” in diameter. You can spackle or mud over a hole with some compound to adhere itself inside the gap. If there is something to “plug” the hole with, the joint compound will hold securely in place. This will repair your drywall and no one will notice the difference.
Other than mud over a hole with a joint compound, you can use California Patch or Butterfly Patch. Actually, it’s not a patch but simply a small, square piece of drywall, modified so that the paper itself holds the drywall plug in place. Compared to other drywall repair methods, this approach is easy. If you are good with a utility knife, the California Patch is the best.
Steps to fix a hole without a patch
- With a jab saw or utility knife, you should shape the existing hole into a square or rectangular shape.
- A scrap of drywall should be of a similar shape, that is 3” larger than the hole. You should cut the scrap with a similar shape and size on all sides.
- Place the cut drywall scrap over the hole to be patched. You should do this to estimate the size of the hole. The size should be accurate to avoid any unevenness.
- Trace in the middle of the scrap. You should make a hole slightly smaller than the one to be plugged into the wall. The middle of the scrap is more important than the overall structure.
- After tracing the scrap, you should cut along the same. The cutting should be appropriate. Then, you should peel away the gypsum from the paper but the small patch of drywall in the middle and 2” of the paper around it should be left behind.
- Now, you need the joint compound to accommodate the patch/paper. You should apply the joint compound to the hole and the area around it.
- Now, you need to use the California patch and fit it into place. Then, you should smoothen the plug and paper over the mud with the putty knife.
- Like before, you should apply another generous layer of mud over the patch. Make sure the edges of the patch blend in with the surrounding wall.
- You should allow mud to dry for 24 hours followed by sanding
- Repeat the last two steps, apply another layer of mud, let it dry overnight, and sand it.
- Last, you should prime or paint the repaired part. Make sure the mud layer and sand dry properly before priming or painting.
Hire professionals for drywall repair and installation
As explained above, repairing a hole in the drywall looks easy. But, actually, it’s not. Most of the time DIY drywall repairs lead to serious problems because you are experienced and properly equipped to do so. This is why we recommend you work with professionals for drywall repair and installation.