Drywall repair and wall prep

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-Dry wall knife/saw

-Utility knife

-T-square or ruler

-1x3 wood

-Scrap piece of dry wall

-Patch and Paint lightweight spackle or dry wall mud

-Drywall self adhesive mesh tape

-Sand paper



-Spray texture to match existing texture, orange peel or knockdown, goes on blue, dries white



-Drywall screws


For large holes from doorknobs, punches, etc.

-Draw an even box around hole or damaged area

(Use the ruler on T-square and pencil to create the box

-Score the lines of the box with the utility knife

-Cut out the box with the drywall knife (saw)

-Cut out a new piece of drywall 1/4 less in width and height

This will then fit inside the new square hole HAHA

-Cut a 1x3 approx 4" longer than the height of the opening

Ex: heigh t of opening 6', 1x3 will be 10"

-Place the 1x3 inside the opening vertically and in the center of the hole

-Screw on through the drywall in to the top and bottom of the1x3

(This will provide support of the new inserted piece of drywall)

-Butter the edges all the way around the new piece of drywall

-Place the new square into the opening

-Cover the seams with out overlapping the self-adhesive mesh tape

-Let dry

-Apply 1st coat of patch and paint or mud, let dry -Sand -Apply 2nd coat of patch and paint or mud, let dry


-Apply spray texture to newly patched area

-Let dry

-Apply primer

-Apply paint

*Note* Depending on the patched area's size, the entire wall may need to be primed and painted or at minimum feathered out to blend.

Alternate technique to using mesh tape: Tear Patch technique- when cutting drywall after scoring and tapping to break the drywall, tear off at the breaks leaving approx. 2" of paper backing around the edge of drywall. This will act as the tape and seam bridge.

To fill mail on screw holes- Use patch and paint light weight spackle and putty knife or trowel.

-Fill holes

-Let dry


-Touch up paint

* Refer to Home Depot's Home Improvement 1-2-3 Bench for these and many more home improvement technique