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How to Easily Fix Small Holes in Drywall by Yourself

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Drywall is easy to install and maintain but is also frequently damaged due to furniture, doors, etc. Drywall is a brittle material that is perfect for hanging nailing items on the wall but is also fragile. The material, although easily damaged, is preferred because it is inexpensive and easy to repair yourself or with the help of Utah drywall repair experts.

In this article, we will discuss how to repair small holes in drywall by yourself with basic tools and equipment.

Causes of Small Holes in Drywall

Before we move on to the repairing part, we first need to learn about the common causes of small holes in drywall.

  • One of the major causes of small holes in drywallis doors. When a door is opened with force, the doorknob swings into the drywall with impact and can cause small holes to appear.
  • Scuffing furniture also causes patches and small holes to appear on your drywall. If you have kids in your home, throwing furniture, toys, or punching the wall can also cause damage.

As mentioned above, drywall is an extremely fragile and brittle material and thus can easily be damaged by various furniture and supporting structures.

How to Fix Small Holes in Drywall

Tools Needed

  • Self-adhesive mesh patch/ joint paper tape
  • Drywall knife
  • Utility knife
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Drywall compound mixture


Prepare the Drywall

Before you fix your drywall, the first step is to prepare it by cleaning the surface. Use the utility knife to carve out the excess drywall material and try to make the surface as smooth as possible to simplify the process further.

Apply the Tape/Mesh

There are two types of coverage that you can use to fix small holes in your drywall. The self-adhesive mesh patch comes in a patch kit and does a better job of sticking to the surface, although it is much more difficult to flatten and smoothen. In comparison, the paper joint tape is non-adhesive but is easy to flatten.

Here we are using joint tape. First, apply a thin layer of drywall compound and cut 2 pieces of tape, and stick them over the hole in a cross position. Use the drywall knife to apply drywall compound to cover the tape, but don’t overwork it.

Dry and Sand

Give the drywall compound 3 to 4 hours to dry. Once dried, sand the layer and make it smooth. Repeat the process all over again for over 2 to 3 times or until you have smooth drywall with no bumps. Make sure that no tape is visible after the final step.

Once the drywall has completely dried, you can now paint over the surface, and it would look like no damage ever happened. But if this is something out of your comfort zone, we recommend consulting Utah drywall repair experts to get the job done.

Your drywall can experience other damages, such as cracked surface, dented corners, peeling tape, tile removal damage, and much more. All of this requires professional help and proper tools to make the results last longer. We hope this article helped!