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How To Repair A Hole In Your Drywall

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Holes in drywall can happen for a number of different reasons. Holes can be made by a swinging door pressed a little too hard into the wall, the kids playing too rough in the house, or maybe the family dog decided the drywall was a great chew toy. No matter the reason for those holes, they need to be repaired. The best news is that you should be able to handle the repair job yourself. See below for tips and instructions on how to repair a hole in your drywall.

Here's What You Need:

  • Utility knife
  • Sandpaper (coarse and fine grit)
  • Wooden boards (depending on the size of the hole)
  • Drywall repair patch
  • Drywall putty/mud
  • Putty knife
  • Paint


  1. The size of the hole should be determined first, as how you repair the hole depends on the size. Smaller holes can be filled with drywall mud, then sanded and painted over. Medium sized holes should be sanded down, then filled and painted over. For larger holes, pay special attention to the third step. Once you have an idea of the size you can begin.
  2. Sand down the area around the hole. If the hole has a lot of loose drywall, cut the loose area away using a utility knife. Then sand the area around the hole again (especially if any of the paper on the drywall ripped).
  3. Next, If the hole is large, add pieces of wood to the inside of the wall behind the drywall. Hold them in place using drywall screws.
  4. For large or medium sized holes, use a drywall patch over the top of the hole. You can cut the patch to size, but be sure to leave about an inch or two all the way around the hole. 
  5. You can now begin applying the drywall mud to the hole (small, medium or large) using the putty knife. Be very careful when puttying over the patch so as to not move it. Use quite a bit on the putty knife, then feather it out carefully across the hole. 
  6. Allow the first coating of putty to dry, then sand it down.
  7. Apply a second coat of putty and sand it down as well. Repeat a third time if necessary.
  8. Once it is completely dry, you can paint it to match the rest of the wall.

Repairing a hole in the drywall is fairly simple to do. Be sure to take your time when doing this job to ensure it comes out smooth.