How to Patch a Hole in Drywall

repair drywall hole

Here’s a tip for patching a hole in drywall:

  • Start by using a drywall saw to cut a square around the hole.
  • Get an extra piece of drywall and cut a patch 2 inches larger than the hole on all sides.
  • Turn the patch over and score four lines, snap it, and peel off the gypsum core. What you’re left with is a square of drywall attached to the center of the paper.
  • Spread some drywall joint compound on the back of the paper and plug it in the square you cut out of the wall.
  • Smooth out the paper with a taping knife and let dry overnight.
  • Sand, prime and paint the patch.


  1. This is cool, I have never seen a repair like this one. But won’t this leave a noticeable square outline? Especially with textured, orange-peel walls like I have here in California.

  2. @Chi Chi. Anytime you do a repair on textured walls and/or surfaces you have to re-do the texture after you do the repair on the surface. On textured surfaces its hard to hide small repairs. That’s why most (not all) people in the business absolutely hate textured popcorn or knockdown walls and ceilings unless they are doing the whole area over.

  3. My husband and I just bought our first house. The first project was building on a washer and dryer closet and a large pantry. This video was very helpful for a repair we had to make!

    Thank you!


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