How to Repair Drywall—Drywall Hole Fix

Whether you rent or own, we’ve all gone wrong with a gallery wall or shelf installation. One wrongly measured anchor and now there’s a golf ball-sized hole in the drywall. A stud finder could have saved the day, but we’re here now. Good thing you only need three steps to repair your drywall. It’s so easy you can turn it into a drywall day! Here is how.

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  • spatula
  • Mesh patch (fiber or aluminum)
  • Sandpaper
  • Color coordinated color
  • Spackle

    Step 1:

    Cut your mesh to fit. Place the mesh on top of the hole to see how much more needs to be removed. It should be about an inch around the hole. Apply some putty knife to the back of the net plaster, stick it to the wall and press on it. Let dry.

    How to repair drywall

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    TIP: We used DryDex Spackle as a color change marker. After drying, the spatula changes from purple to white.

    Step 2:

    Apply a generous amount of spackle to the plaster around 2 inches (5 cm) around. Let dry.

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    Step 3:

    Lightly sand the spatula until it is smooth. Blend the edges into the wall, being careful not to sand them down to the stain. Repeat step 2 as necessary. Paint over the area with matching paint.

    TIP: For easy color matching, cut a small piece of paint near the hole. You will fix it anyway! You can take the chip with you to the paint shop and assign it directly to the samples in the shop.

    Repair drywall

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    Repeat this process until you have updated your storage space and got the deposit back. Next time, a stud finder can help you anchor your heaviest parts without sacrificing valuable drywall.

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    DAP 12328 DryDex Spackling

    DAP 12328 DryDex Spackling

    Red Devil 4718 3-piece plastic knife set

    Red Devil 4718 3-piece plastic knife set

    3M 9005NA aluminum oxide sandpaper, sorted

    3M 9005NA aluminum oxide sandpaper, sorted

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    Dap 12345 3 “wall repair patch kit

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