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how do you repair a big hole in drywall

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Posted 2013-11-14T23:11:14+0000  by crystal82 crystal82

Hi Cryatl82,


I have enclosed below a link to our project guide on repairing a large hole in drywall.


Good Luck with your project.




Posted 2013-11-14T23:18:21+0000  by Mike_HD_OC


I viewed the How To article attached to the link and would have a criticism of it. Why did the person doing the repair not put a backing block at both ends of the hole. With only one block in the middle, the drywall insert is not going to be stabil. When taping and mudding, the drywall will move on both ends. Indeed, with a patch that large, why did he not just open the wall to the studs and nail cleats to the sides of both studs?


An old drywaller's trick for patching holes up to about 6 inches square is shown in the pics below. this meathod requires no wood blocking at all and ends up with a very strong, solid patch. The hole is squared to a known dimension and then a patch with a one inch margin cut is cut from scrap drywall. The back side of the patch is then scored to the size of the hole. The margined area is then snapped and the gypsum peeled away leaving the white drywall paper attached. After dryfitting to assure that it fits in the hole, the edges of the patch are "buttered up" with drywall compound and then placed in the hole. The excess drywall compound is "squeegeed" out sith a spackle knife, leaving the paper tape "glued" to the wall.

Posted 2013-11-15T04:54:25+0000  by ordjen
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