How to patch a small hole in sheetrock

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It came to my attention recently that a lot of people do not know how simple it is to patch a small hole in sheetrock. Since I recently had to do it again in order to move a light fixture about 4″ to the right, I figured I’d take a few pictures to show just how easy it is. I had centered the light over where the sink was going to be in the bathroom on this project.  The vanity was going to have the sink on the left  and some drawers to the right. My girlfriend pointed out that it would be better to have the light centered over the mirror as opposed to just the sink, so I needed to move this about 4 inches to the right after getting to this point in the process.

Step 1: Cut a rectangular piece of new sheetrock slightly larger than the hole you cur

Step 2: Holding your new piece of sheetrock, hold it over your hole and trace around it with a pencil.

Step 3: Cut the sheetrock on the wall along the line you just traced.

This will make a larger hole than you originally had, but your new piece of sheetrock you cut in step 1 should now be the exact fit for this hole.

Step 3: Cut a piece of plywood or other similar piece of wood to put behind your hole and screw it in place.

A 1×3 or any small scrap of wood you have laying around will also work). You want to make it narrower than your hole so you can hold it in place through the hole, but longer than the hole. I put my board in vertically because my electrical box next to it would obviously interfere with mounting it. Whatever works for your situation, even at a diagonal will work.  You want it to be wood though, so that the screws pull the board and sheetrock firmly together.  I normally cut the wood to be about 4 inches longer than the hole, so that it overlaps by about 2 inches on either side so I can catch it with a screw without a problem.

Step 3: Screw your patch in place against the wood support you added

 

Step 4: Spackle and sand the edges and screws to smooth it all out.

Step 5: Paint

If you take the time to spackle the edges, you shouldn’t be able to tell there was ever work done to that part of the wall.  I have done this in many other places where I needed access to run some new wires.  In the places I cared, you can not tell there was ever a hole there once it was painted.  With this example that I actually photographed I knew there would be a light fixture covering it so didn’t take as much time and just wanted the edges sealed.

I feel sorry for those of you with textured walls or ceilings.  There’s no good way to make it completely invisible unless you redo the texture on that entire wall.  You will always see the remnants of a patch job if you try to only redo the knockdown or popcorn in a small section.

 

Here’s the finished product too…

 

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