Dry Wall Repair Basics: Using A Patch To Fix Your Drywall

10 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Drywall repair of small holes is a good task for DIY enthusiasts. The tools are available for sale at home improvement stores and hardware stores. For convenience, drywall repair kits are also available and include most—if not all—the tools necessary for basic drywall repairs. The tutorial below focuses on the use of a patch to fix medium-small holes. This tutorial is not appropriate for door knob holes and holes smaller than door knobs, because those repairs do not require a patch made of drywall.


  • Measuring tape
  • Drywall patch
  • Drywall saw
  • Pencil
  • 1x3 Board
  • Drywall screws
  • Construction adhesive
  • Peel-and-stick mesh
  • Putty knife
  • Joint compound
  • Sand paper
  • Rag


  1. Measure the thickness of the drywall, then purchase a small sheet of drywall for the patch. Choose a patch that is the same thickness as the drywall in your home. 
  2. Use a small drywall saw to cut a patch for the hole. Cut a patch that is larger than the hole in the drywall.
  3. Fit the drywall patch over the hole. Position the patch so that no portion of the hole is visible. Use a pencil to trace around the patch on the wall.
  4. Cut out the shape of the patch in the drywall using the drywall saw.
  5. Cut a 1x3 board to a length a few inches longer than the hole you cut for the patch.
  6. Fit the board inside the hole and screw the board to the wall using drywall screws.
  7. Apply a line of construction adhesive to the board inside the hole.
  8. Fit the patch inside the hole against the adhesive.
  9. Screw the patch to the board.
  10. Line the perimeter of the patch with peel-and-stick mesh.
  11. Use a putty knife to apply a thin layer of joint compound over the patch in the wall. Smooth the joint compound with a putty knife. Wait until the joint compound dries.
  12. Apply two more thin layers of joint compound to the first layer, following the steps above.
  13. Sand down the joint compound until it appears to be flush against the wall.
  14. Use a rag to wipe away the sawdust. The fixed area is now ready to be painted.

The condition of your walls can impact the value of your home, so drywall repair must be done correctly. When the repair is finished, it should be either invisible or nearly invisible. For large repair jobs, contact a dry wall repair specialist to ensure that the repairs are done correctly.