How To Repair Drywall Holes

Drywall is a popular construction material because it is cheap, easy to work with, and has a long lifespan. However, drywall can also be damaged by water leaks and other accidents. If you notice any drywall holes in your home, here are some tips on how to repair them.

How to Repair Small Holes in Drywall

Small holes in drywall can be repaired with a few simple tools and materials that are likely already in your home. This guide will show you how to patch up the hole using a small piece of drywall, some adhesive, and a putty knife.

Equipment / Tools

Utility knife, 4-inch drywall knife, Drywall sanding sponge, Clean rag


Paper joint tape and Pre-mixed drywall compound

Step 1 – Use a utility knife to remove pieces of damaged surface paper or gypsum that may be protruding out of the surface area of the wall. It’s crucial to keep the edges of the damaged spot flat or recessed inside so you can fix your hole.

Step 2 – Cut the joint paper tape so it will extend beyond two inches on either side of the hole.

Put down a thin layer of joint compound and then apply the tape over the hole. Make sure to press the tape hard enough to adhere to the wall. 

Step 3 – Cover the paper with compound and then smooth it out with your 4-inch drywall knife.

Step 4 – Let it dry; you will see the color change as the compound dries

Step 5 – Sand over lightly and repeat the above steps to fill any unevenness.

Drywall repair is straightforward. If you happen to have old plaster walls if you live in an older home in the Kansas City area, you will use the same general process to fix the hole in the wall.