How to Fix a Hole with a Drywall Repair Kit

Updated February 21, 2017

Drywall has become the wall finish of choice for many contractors. Although drywall is a sturdy wall covering, it cannot withstand isolated force from objects such as door knobs. Holes in drywall are commonplace but are easily fixed with drywall repair kits. The kits contain the majority of the components needed to fix a small hole in drywall. If you use the drywall repair kit properly, the finished result will be unnoticeable after the area is painted.

Remove all loose particles of drywall from the area of the hole. Do not pull on drywall paper that has lifted or torn from the area of the hole. Use the utility knife to score and remove any hanging drywall paper around the hole.

Trace the template, included with the drywall repair kit, around the hole in the drywall. Cut along the cut lines left by the hole template to allow for the insertion of the drywall hole backing disc. Wipe the area of the hole to remove the dust that was created while cutting.

Assemble the backing disc and holding hardware per the included instructions. Holding the backing disc perpendicular to the wall, insert the backing disc through the slits you cut earlier. Once the backing disc is inside the hole, turn the backing disc so that is parallel to the drywall. Apply a small bead of construction adhesive on the backing disc using the caulking gun. Gently spin the backing disc with one hand while squeezing the handle on the caulking gun with the other hand.

Pull the backing disc tightly to the wall, and allow sufficient time for the construction adhesive to bond the disc to the drywall. Remove the backing disc insertion hardware, and prepare the spackling compound.

Apply the spackling compound with the supplied application tool. Allow the spackling compound to harden and apply another coat if necessary. Continue to apply spackling compound until the hole area is built-up slightly above the surface of the drywall.

Sand the dried spackling compound with the supplied sandpaper. Use a side-to-side motion while applying light pressure to the drywall. Applying to much pressure will cause scratches in the spackling compound, and then you must apply addition compound to fill the scratches.

Apply primer and paint to the finished repair when it is smooth to the touch. Rub your hand over the repair to ensure that the repaired area is not recessed from the main wall before applying the primer and paint. It will be difficult to add more spackling compound to the area after the repair has been painted.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Drywall repair kit
  • Construction adhesive
  • Drop-in caulk gun


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