How to Repair Drywall

How do you DIY repair drywall in your house? We will show you how. Check out our video tutorials with step-by-step instructions, our slideshows, and our discussion boards. And don't miss our best, top, and new drywall repair projects. Join the Hometalk DIY repair community and let us help you succeed in your home repair job.

Advice for Repairing Drywall

Repair dents in the drywall

Use a taping knife to apply spackle to the dent, then leave to dry for a day. Use sandpaper for smoothing, then repeat until the dent is gone.

Spray over cracks in the walls

Look for cracks, often found around doors and windows. Fill with a patching compound, then use crack-repair spray to cover the imperfections.

Patch up small holes

Use a hammer to carefully depress nail holes further. Fill with a thin layer of spackling paste – apply carefully and add more coats if needed.

Patch up medium holes

Acquire self-adhesive patches to help the spackle dry. As with smaller holes, apply paste in thin layers and add more coats if required.

Patch up large holes

Use a powder-based joint compound. These are better suited for wider and deeper holes, and you need to be careful when smoothing the compound.

Top Projects for Repairing Drywall

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Drywall Repair Videos

Watch our step-by-step instructional videos on how to repair broken drywall.

How to Patch Large Drywall Holes

Big holes in drywall (6”+ across) are a little tricky to tackle. They’re too big for a patch, so you’ll actually need to buy a panel of drywall and patch it with that. We’ll show you how!

How to Repair Damaged Drywall AfterYour Baseboards Were Removed...

I was called to a home where these folks were getting new tile flooring and they did the do it yourself (diy) baseboard removal themselves before the flooring was going to be put in. Unfortunately they forgot to or didn't know to take a razor knife and score the top of the baseboard caulk where the baseboard meets the wall. If you don't do that you're going to tear the paper on the drywall.

Fixing a Crack in a Wall or Ceiling

Did you know that fixing a crack in some drywall on a wall or ceiling can be quick and easy? We have had a long crack in the ceiling of our living room for quite some time and I thought I might as well go ahead and try to patch it up. With a couple of standard items from the hardware store you can eliminate a crack and have it patched up in a jiff!

Learn How to Patch a Hole in Drywall

How many times have we found ourselves with a hole in the wall for some reason or another? I mean the door opens and ‘Bam!’, the doorknob slams right into the wall creating this big hole. We've all been there. Here’s a recap of Wednesday night’s LIVE DIY where I show you how to repair small dents and holes to larger holes in the wall. You can totally do this! I believe in you!

New Drywall Repair Projects

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