The “Butterfly Patch” Method for Fixing Small or Large Holes in Drywall and Sheetrock

On the one hand, I get annoyed when someone needs 15 minutes of YouTube time to share information worth 30 seconds. On the other hand, I’m grateful that you took the time to share the information in the first place. It’s not like they charged me for it.

In the video at the end of this entry, home improvement maker Paul Ricalde demonstrates a method of pinning holes in drywall that I’ve never seen before and that he calls “butterfly plaster”. If you look at the photos below, you can probably figure it out without having to sit through the video.

Basically, you take a hole saw that is larger than the hole in the drywall and only partially drill through a piece of drywall from the non-visible side.

Then cut a larger square around that circle. For this part, the video may need to be viewed to capture. However, if you cut shiny lines in the paper from the edges of the circle to the edges of the square, it creates trapezoidal lumps of drywall that you can break out while leaving the paper front intact.

What is left is the so-called butterfly.

You can make these in any size you want. Then take the hole saw and cut a clean hole through a piece of wood that you will use as a guide. Here Ricalde has two different sizes.

You place this template over the hole in the drywall and use it to guide your hole saw as you cut out the damaged part.

Then foam the grout around the edges of the hole …

… take your butterfly …

..and smear it in the hole.

Using a tape knife, press the grout out from under the paper and sand it all over …

… Ricalde quickly achieves a flawless surface with no visible traces of repair.

Here is the video, if the photos didn’t do it for you:

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