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How to Do Patching and Repair of Drywall Holes

How to Repair Drywall Holes
Diameters of Damage to 6" - Kits

As an alternative patch for repairs entering the realm of bigger holes, due to certain improvements in patching materials, there is a reasonably efficient method. If you have not already done so review patching a large hole in drywall.

The metal kit patches, available in 4 x4", 6 x 6" and 8 x 8" dimensions have adhesive backed mesh. They are designed to stick to the surface in a swift move and take a quick layer of compound. The steps on how to repair can vary by manufacturer, but to apply:
Apply 6 x 6 Patch Atop Hole

1) Flatten the outer surface to be patched, removing any obtrusions or bumps. Verify that the drywall is sound, and remove any loose gypsum. You may want to view the blind side with an inspection mirror and light. Be sure that the patch size will provide adequate coverage over the sound board with at least an inch and a half overlap.

2) Select the right patch square and select the method to asfix. First peel back the sticker backing and:
a) Flip the plate over and thinly skim the self-adhesive backside, then reverse it upright and press the patch firmly on in all directions, OR
b) Stick the patch directly over the hole opening and press firmly throughout.

3) Float on a quick and even mudd level, barely covering the mesh. Note that it is feasible to achieve high grade results from single mudd and sandings with this repair type -- given that the coating layer is put on in a consistent and even plane. Which is the main advantage of patching with this method. Kudos goes to the extreme flatness and rigid makeup of the patch.

4) Light sand and if necessary, apply again depending on how the first step went.

5) Sand to finish. For professional results see tips on sanding.
Single Layer of Drywall Compound, 6 inch kinife Sanding Once To Gradual Taper, Completed

While some pro drywallers feel the metal structure forms an insubstantial backing, yet others attest to it as a strong and carefree fix. Whatever the case, these finished patches should probably best be left to aesthetics, with no driving of nails or setting of screws through them.

See Also
Mudding / Taping Tips Finishing

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