10 Tips and Tricks for Patching Drywall Like a Professional

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1. Check For Electrical Wires

Now, this sounds like a given, but it is often forgotten. Before beginning ANY project, make sure you check the area for electrical wires or plumbing pipes. A simple check of the area can save you so much money in the long run!

10 TIps and Tricks for Patching Drywall Like a Pro

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5 comments for “10 Tips and Tricks for Patching Drywall Like a Professional

  1. May 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Where do I get small pieces of sheetrock? I have a hole in my wall that is probably 3″ to 4″ to 2″ w. Also, how do you hold the larger soft board and actually get it in the hole to screw it into place? I look at this hole and I know it must be easy to fix – I’ll stop at Lowe’s and see if they can tell me what to get for the sheet rock and what a “soft” board is.

    • Dan
      May 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I like to run a large screw through center of board so I can hold onto it while attaching to wall with drywall screws. Just put one end of board through hole at a time and hold to inside of drywall until you secure with screws. Remove the “hold” screw from center and attach your drywall patch to this board.

  2. Marty weaver
    May 12, 2013 at 1:13 am

    You can do a California patch . that is when you cut the pice of drywall a little bigger. and then take and cut to the right size hole. and take the left over and peel the back side of and then it be the paper to tape .

  3. Richard Merrick
    May 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    You can also do a patch that you cut 2″ larger than necessary. On the back draw the hole. Then cut on the lines. You may need to cut several places to break off smaller corners or just keep cutting straight lines to break off several pieces until you get the shape you want.Break and peal the drywall off of the front piece of drywall paper . This front paper will be your tape. It is thinner than mud tape or mesh tape. Then apply some sheetrock all purpose mud, stick the piece of sheetrock into the hole. push out all air bubbles and trim off the excess paper. You won’t need a piece of wood unless it is on the ceiling. Search for “football patches ” for a video on how to do this. Good luck

  4. August 4, 2016 at 2:31 am

    I would like to no how to fix were 2sheet of sheetrock go to getting I live in a mobile home I would like everyone to take. The stipe o ff the wall were sheetrock go togeth

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