How To Patch a Large Hole In Drywall
If you've got a large hole in your drywall, then patching this issue can be a bit tricky. A standard repair won't provide the wall with enough strength. You still have some options for a quick repair, but not as many if the repair issue was a small hole. Here is what you're going to need to do.
1. Look For a Metal Plate Patch.
You'll need something with strength in order to repair a large hole. That means your best option is a metal plate patch. You can find these at most hardware stores and major retailers. The largest size of this patch tends to be 4x4 inches. Some patches offer a textural repair component, but the strongest patches just have a drywall tape attachment to them.
2. Install The Patch.
Place the patch over your large hole that needs to be repaired. If the hole is too large for the patch, you'll need to cut out the hole so that you have two studs exposed for a drywall patch instead. If you must take the latter option, then expose 50% of the stud and cut your drywall patch to size. Use drywall tape to help seal your new seams.
3. Coat With Joint Compound.
You'll need to cover your patch with joint compound for the repair to look seamless if it is a metal patch. If it is a large drywall patch instead, then just use the joint compound along the seams to cover the tape. Allow the joint compound to dry completely.
4. Sand Down The Rough Edges.
You want to have a smooth surface on your wall at the repair site. Use a drywall sander to remove the rough edges from your joint compound patch.
5. Apply Texture.
You can either manually add texture to your wall or you can use a spray texture for an easier solution. Start from just outside of your repair area and work your way in for a seamless aesthetic. Allow to dry.
6. Paint To Match.
Now all you need to do is make sure your wall looks fantastic. Paint the repair area to match the surrounding wall. If your surrounding paint has faded for some reason, then you may need to repaint the entire room. Knowing how to patch a large hole in drywall can save you a lot of time and money. Follow these steps and you'll be able to complete this repair over the course of a single afternoon.
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