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Fixing physical damage to drywall is fairly straightforward, and you’ll find many drywall repair products available for sale in hardware stores and online. But most damage can be patched with just a small piece of drywall, some finishing supplies, and a bit of spackle and paint. The tricky part of the job is getting the repair to blend in with the surrounding wall or ceiling. Unless you have some leftover paint from the surrounding surface and the paint  job is less than a year old, your finished repair may not blend in as seamlessly as you’d like. You can try to have new paint color-matched at the paint store if you bring in a sample of the wall color (not always easy to obtain). You can also feather in the paint around the edges, so the transition is less obvious. However, in some cases you may need to repaint the entire wall to the corners to hide the difference. Be careful here, as you’ll quickly face a slippery slope: do you repaint the adjoining wall to blend with the wall you painted to blend with the repair? The chain can go on for some time.

How to Patch Small Holes in Drywall

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    Trim away any broken drywall, face paper, or joint tape around the hole using a utility knife. Cover the hole with crossed strips of self-adhesive mesh tape.

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    Cover the tape with all-purpose joint compound, lightly forcing it into the mesh, then smooth it off, leaving just enough to conceal the tape.

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    Add two more coats of compound in successively broader and thinner coats to blend the patch into the surrounding area. Use a drywall wet sander to smooth the repair area.

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    Cover the damaged area with the self-adhesive patch; the thin metal plate provides support and the fiberglass mesh helps hold the joint compound.

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    Bevel the edges of the hole with a drywall saw, then cut a drywall patch to fit. Trim the beveled patch until it fits tight and flush with the panel surface. Apply plenty of compound to the beveled edges, then push the patch into the hole. Finish with paper tape and three coats of compound.

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    Cut a drywall patch a couple inches larger than the hole. Mark the hole on the backside of the patch, then score and snap along the lines. Remove the waste material, keeping the face paper “flange” intact. Apply compound around the hole, insert the patch, and embed the flange into the compound. Finish with two additional coats.

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