How do I patch a hole in my sheetrock?

SYNOPSIS

Patching sheetrock may seem like a big project, but you can do the job with just a few basic tools and a little patience. In this video, we’ll tell you what kind of supplies you need for holes of all sizes.

TRANSCRIPT

However it happened, a hole in your sheetrock may seem like a job best left to a professional. But with a little time and a few basic tools, you can fix it yourself.First, check your wall to ensure it’s structurally sound. If the drywall is soggy, rippled or damaged in a way that makes your wall weaker, a patch won’t make much of a difference. But if your wall is in good shape other than the hole, you’re ready to begin.For small holes less than one inch, you'll just need spackle, a putty knife and sandpaper. If you have a hole larger than an inch in diameter, look for a product that’s formulated not to crack or crumble. You can also buy kits that include a self-adhesive patch that you place over the hole. Then you simply use a putty knife to cover the patch lightly with spackle. Once you’ve patched your hole, and let the spackle dry, you’ll need sandpaper to smooth out the surface. And within a few hours, you can be ready to paint.Visit your local Westlake Hardware for advice about your specific project. We’re always here to help.

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Shopping List

  • For Small to Medium Size Holes
  • Spackle
  • Putty Knife
  • Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge
  • Patch Kit, If Needed
  • Dust Mask
  • Additional Needs For Large Holes
  • Drywall Saw
  • Utility Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Drywall and Drywall Screws
  • Joint Compound
  • Drywall Tape
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