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How to fix a Large Hole in Drywall: Should You Hire a Handyman?

Fixing a large hole in drywall is not as hard as it may seem. With a few tools and know-how, a person can fix the damage and not be able to tell it was there. In order to start, a person needs to have a few tools and items, which we’ll go over in this article.

The procedure is basically common sense with the help of the tips we’ll go over in this article.

Tools Needed for the Job:

The items needed to complete this project are;

  • a large sheet of paper
  • a piece of drywall bigger than the hole
  • some wallboard tape
  • a marker
  • a putty knife
  • wallboard compound
  • an anchor board
  • screw gun with screws
  • utility knife
  • fine sandpaper
  • primer paint
  • touch up paint
  • a roller with tray.

Most of these items you may already have around, but if you do have to get them, they’ll be available if there is the need to patch any holes in the future.

How to begin fixing a big hole in the wall:

The first thing needed is to take the large sheet of paper and put it over the hole, then outline the hole onto the paper with a marker. You may want to tape the piece of paper against the wall so it’s steady. Take the utility knife and cut the excess drywall out of the hole, to make the edges smooth. Then take the outlines sketch, cut it out, and outline a border on the drywall board your using to replace the hole. Now you have the dimensions to cut out the piece needed to fit the hole.

The tip that will help now, is to have an anchor board in place inside the hole. Take the anchor board, which can be a one-inch thick board, and place it inside the hole so the sides are behind the wall. Then screw the board to the wall from the sides that are past the hole on both sides of the wall. Now that the anchor board is securely fastened to the wall, you can place the patch in the hole.

Now that the patch is fitted in the wall, screw the patch to the anchor board in the middle. Next, you’ll need to take the wallboard tape and tape the edges of the patch to the wall. After the patch is securely in the wall, it’s time for the finishing touches. Take the wallboard compound and apply it over the entire patch with a putty knife. Now, you are ready to start the touch-up painting process.

When the wallboard compound dries, then take a fine sandpaper and sand it smooth. After this take a tack cloth and remove all the excess material which was sanded off.

Now, you can apply some primer paint, which can’t be skipped over if you don’t want it to stand out from the wall around it. After the primer is dry, apply the touch-up paint. If the rest of the wall was painted with a roller, then use a roller instead of a brush, as the finished look will be different. Likely the rest of the wall would have been painted over by a roller, you can tell if it has brush strokes or not. Now, the patch should be in place and undetectable to sight or touch.

Although having a large hole in the drywall may seem devastating, it can be repaired without too much of an effort. With a few tools and these tips, you should be able to patch up any large holes in drywall that may occur.

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