How to Patch Large Holes with Drywall Repair Clips
Here we show you an easy way to patch large holes with drywall clips and make your hole invisible. Nowadays, drywall is a common construction material for housing due to its ease of use and portability; however, this material is not perfect and is susceptible to damage. Time, weather, and children can make cracks, gouges, small holes, and even large holes in your drywall. Even so, you don’t have to worry because if any of those situations happens, you can easily patch your drywall. Small drywall holes can be patched with just some mud or a special drywall joint compound, but what if you have a huge hole? Don’t panic. It’s easier to fix than it seems.
Step 1 - Locate the Area
First, locate the drywall area you want to repair, cut out the damaged section with a drywall saw, and make it a little bit larger than the original hole. Use a knife to help you straighten the edges in order to form a rectangular shape. This will make the patching action a lot easier due to the fact that you won't be dealing with jagged edges.
Step 2 - Place the Clips
Attach metal drywall repair clips to the old drywall placing each clip at the four corners of the section you cut out at the beginning. Use four or more for best results. Attach each clip facing the two spring tabs out.
Step 3 - Build the New Wall
In order to patch the hole, cut a new piece of drywall which fits neatly into the opening. The best way to secure it is by driving two drywall screws into each mounting clip. Then, using a pair of pliers, pull off the tap of each clip.
Step 4 - Clean It Up
Now it’s time to cover the tracks. To do so, spread some mud around the seam of your new drywall and put drywall tape on top. Flatten the tape, removing the excess mud with a drywall blade and let it dry overnight.
Step 5 - Make the Tape Disappear
Spread mud one more time on the tape and feather it into the wall with a drywall blade. Once the mud is dry, sand it. Repeat this action as many times as possible in order to flatten the wall and make the tape disappear.
Step 6 - Final Details
Finally, prime and paint the patch with the same drywall color. Otherwise, you could also take this opportunity to paint the whole wall with a completely different color if you’d like. Either way, your drywall repair project has already been taken care of, and you're ready to show off some "new" walls.
After following these steps, you can call yourself an expert! No one will ever know that your drywall was once damaged and you will have also saved some money by doing the job yourself.