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How to Patch Drywall

Knowing how to patch drywall could be one of the smartest skill sets you learn.

You might feel unnerved by the site of damaged ceilings or walls, but the price to have them repaired by a pro somehow outweighs this inconvenience.

Years ago I paid about $600 for a 5 by 5 foot section of ceiling to be replaced. While I was grateful to my contractor it definitely hurt the wallet.

For some reason I thought that patching the ceiling was out of my DIY league. That said, I also knew that having the audacity to challenge myself in the art of drywalling would come in handy. Not to mention save me some major dinero.

And I was right more than once.

It’s painfully obvious: water and drywall don’t play nicely. Yet for some reason they seem to always mix it up like two school yard kids arguing over who’s got the coolest shoes.

In today’s brand new Home Repair Tutor episode, you’ll learn how to patch drywall and discover several tips that will lead you to a successful project.

Maybe, just maybe, this will be your first step toward that dream bathroom or swanky bedroom. Taking a leap of faith is tough but once you realize you can fly, your entire world changes.

What’s Next

Unfortunately I’ve had repair kitchen ceilings due to similar water leaks. But the tips we share can help a ton.

If you’re doing a bathroom remodel and need help, join one of our online courses – they’ll make your bathroom renovation much easier!

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help.

Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.



How to Patch Drywall

  1. Laura says:

    Perfect timing I have to do this in a basement suite and was considering calling a contractor because I didn’t have a clue how to even start. Not now, I’ll be tackling this today. Love your tips. I’ve learned so much. Thanks

    1. Awesome Laura, you can totally do this yourself. I can’t wait to see what your basement suite is gonna look like. Are you renting it out or making it a hangout? Make sure to keep me posted πŸ™‚


  2. Bernice says:

    Hi, I don’t have any dry wall to fix, but this was interesting! I will keep it in mind for future reference! just an idea, could we have done this mix on mobile home paneling to make it look like dry wall? (She asks this 16 years later …..)

    1. Hi Bernice,

      Thanks so much, good question. I’d remove the paneling and install normal 1/2 inch drywall. One concern with skim coating the paneling is that it wouldn’t stick or could possibly crack. That said, I don’t have experience with this kind if project. Thus, it could potentially work and someone else might have an idea if this is feasible πŸ˜‰


  3. Nice job Jeff. I’ve done a fair amount of drywall repair, but never tried the wet sanding sponge trick. It makes a lot of sense in keeping that horrible, invasive drywall dust down. I’m going to try it next time.

    You know I just gotta’ ask; are you part werewolf? You’ve obviously power-sprouted a full beard in just a week. Don’t give us some story about shooting this video before the great shaving of 2013; we’d never buy it. I know drywalling is best done with as much facial hair as possible to catch the wet mud, keeping it from dripping to the floor. So, well done sir.


    1. John,

      I look forward to your comments every week, you keep me laughing. I gotta buy
      you a beer some day.

      Your assumptions are correct — this video was made back in July before the beard went belly up. Now that it’s hockey season I might have to channel my inner Italian genes and grow one for this weekend’s video.

  4. Elena says:

    Awesome job Jeff. Now, I will tackle that small restroom wall that needs mending. Thanks for the video.

    1. Hey Elena, thanks!!! Glad to help you out. If you have any questions along the way please don’t hesitate to shoot off an email to me πŸ™‚


  5. Steven Antunes-Kenyon says:

    Your videos have really helped Jeff! I’m a bit intimidated by the bathroom/kitchen tiling project. From removal of existing tile to cutting and laying the new. It all seems like a lot of work!

    Keep up the great work!

    Thank you

    1. Hi Steven,

      You can do it, sure there will be some work involved but think about how great your new bathroom will look. All it takes is some time, effort, and knowledge. And if you have any questions I’d be more than happy to help you out.


  6. B obbie says:

    How would I get oil stains out of carpeting? My nephew spilled oil and vinegar on my kitchen carpet.
    Thank you, Bobbie

    1. Is your nephew still getting a holiday present? LOL.

      My go to product for carpet stains is Spot Shot. Here’s the link Bobbie

      If you live in the states I bet you’ll find it at Lowe’s, Target, or Home Depot. Our local grocery store has it as well.

      Let me know how you make out.

  7. Anna castanelli says:

    Hi Jeff. I’m so excited to have found your site. I’ve been home renovating my place for a while now. I’ve moved walls, taken some out and built new ones. The gyprock (dry wall) is up…but plastering is proving to be very frustrating. I have redone the same wall 4 times and im still not happy. I am now feeling renewed energy that I might actually get a finish im happy with. Thank you very much. PS…I like the beard.

    1. LOL, thanks Anna for your kind comments. Especially the one about my beard.

      It sounds like you’ve got yourself a nice project. Keep me updated on how you make out. I can’t wait to see some pictures when you’re done πŸ˜€

  8. Nicole says:

    Great video! I’m removing my medicine cabinet and need to patch the drywall. This tutorial couldn’t be better timed.

    1. Fantastic Nicole!!

      I know it’s not fun to remove a medicine cabinet but hope this helps ease the repair process. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

  9. Karen says:

    Thank you so much! This was just what I needed! Worked fabulous. Now I need to learn plumbing

  10. Olga says:

    Thanks for your tutorial. I had to fix my roof due to rain and now contractor quoted me $2k ceiling drywall replacement. Seeing how easy it is from your video, I can do it myself and save some $$. Thanks, very much appreciated. Easy to follow instructions, good timing and all information up to the point.

  11. Amy says:

    Have hole similar in size to patch. Do you have any recommendations on blending in “popcorn ” ceiling to match the existing “popcorn”? Also I didn’t see that you used any drywall tape on the seams. Does that make a difference?

  12. Rebecca says:

    Hi Jeff, thanks for the great tutorial!
    My husband and I plan to replace a larger portion of our water damaged ceiling drywall (7’x3’). There is a canister light in the center( recessed light). Do you have any tips for such a situation?

  13. Lorraine says:

    My question is how do I attach the extra piece of wood to the rafter so I have something to screw the drywall into? I don’t see how to hammer nails in that small space. Can I use screws?

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