My daughter had a plumbing problem that resulted in a little too much water in their basement. I had my granddaughters stand in front of it and this is their sad look.

large drywall repair needed

Materials Needed:

  • Drywall
  • Utility Knife
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Drywall Saw
  • Drywall Screw
  • Drill and philips bit
  • Drywall Tape
  • Drywall Mud

Step 1: Get and Cut Drywall

Get a piece of drywall that is a little bigger than the hole. Measure the drywall and square it up. You can use any wood saw to cut the drywall. You can also use a utility knife and score one side, snap it and finish the cut.

 Step 2: Trace over the drywall hole

Take the piece you cut and put it up to the hole. Make sure that the entire hole is covered. Take a pencil and sketch around the cut piece.

Step 3: Square Drywall Opening

Now cut along the pencil mark and square up the opening using a drywall saw.  Cutting the wall instead of cutting the scrap piece to fit the wall is much easier!

Step 4: Secure and Check your fit

Make sure the Sheetrock on the wall is secure. Check your cut and see how close you got. It is always best to cut too little then to cut too much. Shave off the edges as necessary for a tight fit. You can see on my cut the bottom left needed to be shaved a little.

Note: I should have completed the ceiling first and then the side wall. You always want to support the ceiling drywall with the sidewall drywall.

Step 5: Drywall Support and Backing

Where you don’t have support you need to install a backer piece. This could be any wood material that is big enough to screw into the existing Sheetrock and the new piece. I could have cut back to the next stud as well and made the hole a little bigger.

Step 6:Install New Drywall

Attach the drywall to the studs and supports. I use screws instead of drywall nails because I will get less nail popping later. You need to be careful with screws not to set the screws to deep. The best is slightly below the surface while not braking the paper face. This will give you the strongest hold.

Step 7: Tape and Mud

Use some drywall tape and cover all the seams and any cracking. Then use drywall mud to match texture. Lastly, add primer then paint to finish it up.  On this project, I forgot to take pictures of the mudding as I was getting in a hurry.