Quick drywall fix: How to patch a hole in the wall in under 30 minutes

Bethany Ramos DIY, Home Improvement, Homeowners

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Nov. 1, 2018.

Is it worth it to fix your own drywall? It is if you have 30 minutes.

Hiring a handyman can be helpful for larger renovations, but with guidance from our quick tutorial, we’re confident you can take on this simple DIY job yourself. HomeAdvisor estimates that the average drywall repair project could range from $272 to $762, with a $125 price tag at the bare minimum. In comparison, using an all-in-one patch kit will run you about $10 and take only a half hour of your time.

You’re also in good company. The 2018 LightStream Home Improvement Survey shows that more homeowners are turning to DIY home improvements. Fifty-eight percent of homeowners plan to spend money on home repair projects in 2018, with the number of home-improvers expecting to spend $35,000 or more doubling since 2017. For larger drywall repair needs, you can check out our 12-question guide to finding a qualified home contractor at a good price. You can also read more here about what the experts say are the best renovations for increasing your return on investment.

How to fix a hole in the wall: Supplies


  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3M Wall Repair Kit, including all-in-one spackling and primer
  • Drywall sanding block
  • Putty knife
  • Self-adhesive patch, 4″

Want to renovate, get a lower payment, or pay off your mortgage faster? Let’s talk mortgage refinance.*

How to fix a hole in the wall: Tutorial

Using a handy repair kit can turn the drywall patch process into a quick fix, and we’re here to walk you through it:

Get started

1. Clean the wall.

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Remove any extra drywall or debris, including stains or wallpaper.


2. Put on the patch.

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Remove the backing and make sure the package covers the hole completely. Press the patch firmly to the wall so that the tacky adhesive bonds well.


3. Prep and apply the primer.

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Mix the spackling compound from an all-in-one primer like 3M Patch Plus Primer. Apply the spackling to the patch, spreading thinner toward the outer edges of the hole. Carefully blend the spackling compound into the wall at a similar thickness. Allow the compound to dry for 30 minutes.


4. Sand the wall.

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Use the sanding pad in the primer kit to smooth and buff the spackling compound. Sand lightly to desired consistency, checking that the patch on the wall doesn’t show through.


5. Remove the dust.

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Wipe the surface clean from all debris with a dry cloth. If the mesh patch appears, repeat steps 3 through 5 again.


6. Paint the wall.

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Paint the sanded portion of the wall to match its original color and admire your handiwork when you’re done.

Ready to reno? We have home loans for that

This is the year of the home renovator. Home improvement loans are becoming more popular, according to the LightStream Survey, rising 29 percent in 2018. Now that you’ve become your own handyman, you might be itching to take on a larger project — and we have plenty of home loans that can help. Click here to get in touch with a Cornerstone loan officer who can talk to you about your cash-out refinance options that could allow you to tap into up to 80 percent your equity.* We have more mortgage programs than many other lenders and are committed to helping our borrowers create their happy place.

*While refinancing could make a significant difference in the amount you pay each month, there are other costs you should consider. Plus, your finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan.

For educational purposes only. Please contact your qualified professional for specific guidance.

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