Cutting Drywall to Repair a Large Hole in the Wall Cutting Drywall to Repair a Large Hole in the Wall

What You'll Need
Sheet of drywall
Adhesive wire mesh
Saw
Joint compound
Trowel
Scraper
Sandpaper
Tape measure
Pencil
Masking tape
Soft bristle brush

No matter what the cause of a hole in the wall, it can be useful to know how to repair it properly. By following a few simple steps and knowing how to cut drywall effectively, a repair project can be made much simpler as drywall is one of the best options for fast, professional-looking wall repairs.

Step 1 – Measure Hole

The first step necessary is to determine how much drywall you need for the repair by measuring the hole in the wall. Make a note of the dimensions and bear this is mind when you are purchasing the materials that you will need for the project. Measuring the area to be repaired will also enable you to determine the amount of other materials that you will need to complete the project.  

Step 2 – Gather Materials

You will need to ensure that you gather all the correct tools and materials necessary to help you undertake the repair effectively. Keep a note of the measurements with you when you are purchasing the materials so that you get the  correct amount. Ensure that you obtain a larger quantity of drywall than is necessary for the repair to take into account any mistakes. The wire mesh will need to be cut so that it is larger than the hole in the wall to be repaired. Obtain a saw that can be used to cut drywall, a keyhole saw should be sufficient.   

Step 3 – Cut Drywall

The next step will be to cut the drywall to the required size to effect the repair of the hole in the wall. Cutting the drywall for an evenly shaped hole that comprises straight edges will be easy to do by transferring the measurements to the drywall before cutting it with a saw. Unusual shaped holes can be more problematic as it may not be so easy to cut a shape precise enough to fit the hole properly. Where this is the case, position the drywall over the hole in the wall so that it is evenly placed. Secure it in place by sticking masking tape to the edges and use a saw to cut both the damaged section of the existing wall and the new sheet of drywall at the same time. This will ensure that the drywall patch will be a precise fit. Tidy the cut edges of the drywall by brushing away any loose particles.

Step 4 – Test

Determine whether the drywall patch is of the correct size by dry fitting it into the recess in the wall. Ensure that there is as little space between the edges as possible. If it doesn’t fit comfortably, withdraw it and adjust the size with sandpaper or the saw depending on the extent of work required. This is necessary to ensure the repair will take when the wire mesh is fitted and the joint compound applied.

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