How to Fix a Hole in the Wall the Simple Way

Repairing Drywall A Simple Guide

The methods involved in fixing a hole in the wall can vary. It all depends on whether it is an actual hole in the wall, a nail pop, or a tiny dent. Let's start with learning how to fix the tiny dents.

 

small dent in the drywall

Tiny Dents

  • Remove loose debris from the hole and surrounding area. 
  • Cover the hole or dent with fast-drying spackle.
  • Let it dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Sand until smooth.
  • Finally, touch-up the area with the hole with the same paint used on the walls.

 

Nail pop dent in the drywall

Nail Pop Dents

  • Screw-in a drywall screw 1 1/2 - 2 inches above the nail pop location. (This is to reattach the drywall to the stud)
  • Sink the screw head to be right under the drywall's surface.
  • Drive in the nail with a hammer.
  • Cover with fast-drying spackle.
  • Let it dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Sand until smooth.
  • Finally, touch-up the area with the hole with the same paint used on the walls.

 

Medium sized hole in the drywall

Medium Sized Holes

  • Cut a piece of drywall into a square around 2 inches larger in diameter than the repair area.
  • Score the drywall backing with the cuts about an inch from each side.
  • Snap the score marked parts off while leaving the paper backing intact.
  • Hold the patch over the hole and trace around the drywall square. Don't include the paper backing in your transfer.
  • Cut out the traced square with a drywall saw. 
cutting a square hole into the drywall
  • Apply joint compound to the back of the paper border.
  • Fit the drywall square into the new hole. 
    fitting the drywall square into the new hole
    • Press the paper edges coated with joint compound in place along the outside edge of the new hole you made.
    • Apply the mesh patch over it to hold in place to the wall. 
      applying the patch for mudding the drywall
      • Cover the entire patch with joint compound until the lines are camouflaged, feathering out the edges of your joint compound application.
      • Wait till it dries.
      • Add another coating of the compound.
      • Wait till it dries.
      • Sand until smooth.
      • Finally, touch-up the area with the hole with the same paint used on the walls.