One way to repair a hole in drywall without enlarging it to the adjoining joists is by using what is known as a “hot patch.”

To make a hot patch, cut a piece of drywall several inches larger than the hole on all sides. Then remove the excess wallboard from the patch while leaving just the paper intact.

Spread a thin layer of joint compound on the surface of the drywall surrounding the hole. Then butter the edges of the hole.

Insert the patch in the hole, and use a drywall or putty knife to press the paper firmly into the wet joint compound.

Once the patch has dried, feather out the edges with more joint compound, allow it to dry, and sand the patch smooth.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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