Drywall Patch – Drywall Repair with Drywall Clips



to repair a large hole in drywall rather than just putting a piece of tape over this and compound I'll show you how you can use one of these repair clip kits and will actually cut a piece of drywall and we'll float it in over this to make a very solid repair so the first step is we're going to measure the hole and get a feel for how big a piece of drywall we want and for this I'm going to make it about a six inch by 6 inch patch so what I'm going to do is I'll cut a piece of drywall and then we'll use it as a template to create our outline before we cut a hole so using a straight edge or a drywall tee like I'm doing here I'm just taking a piece of strip drywall and I'm going to make that by six inches and then I'll just snap this so cut always on the face and then I cut the paper on the back and easy to cut it now where I have this cut here it just been very easy those cuts on wrap which always make your first cuts on the face so that you keep the face looking good so there's our patch and go put it in the wall now that I have my patch if you have any imperfections or little bumps from cracking it you can just use a drywall rasp and you can pull those smooths and it's going to make like here you can see this bevel it's going to make it easier to create a path if we have nice flat edges and it does not be perfect drywall is very forgiving it doesn't have to be a perfect scene for us to create a perfect final product because we're going to tape this and put three coats of compound on it so now we have a nice-looking patch and then we'll use this as a template on the wall so our patch is bigger than our whole and I marked what side I want up we're using the face side of the drywall and I'm going to Center this and I'm just going to use this as our template and I'm going to mark all the way around with a pencil and now I'm going to use a drywall saw and I'm going to cut this out and our patch is going to fit in there perfectly so to cut this section out I'm just using drywall saw very inexpensive great tool to have if you're doing any drywall work and much easier and safer than trying to use a razor knife to cut this out and you just punch it into the drywall and very easy to use if you don't know what's behind the wall if you're not aware of pipes or electric wires then just only insert it as deep as the drywall in most cases you're going to have half-inch drywall so I'll cut this out and we'll the next step I remove that section of wall and now we'll just check the size of the patch and it looks great so now we're just going to install these repair clips on both sides of this patch now if this were a bigger patch we would probably put one on each side but this is so small we're just going to put one below and we're going to put one above and wedge it into place and locks it real nice and now about three-quarters of an inch from the edge here we're going to screw in a screw that they provide for us and that's going to grab this perforated metal and I'm just going to dimple the screw a little bit I want to get that below the surface just slightly and I'm going to do that to both clips and then we will install our pitch so very easy to put the clips in and now that's what's going to hold our catch in place just like that now we're going to screw this in but in this piece on this face here there's a little bit of a lip with the face paper so one trick you can use is just grab a razor knife and just using a 45-degree angle we can take off we can take off that lip of paper and when we tap on this it's actually going to give it a lot better look we're not going to have that below the tape so we'll push this in place and then we will just put two screws in this and again about three-quarters of an inch slightly template just like that so the key to patching this is to put a thin coat of compound underneath our compound tape and you want about an eighth of an inch of compound to amend the tape into and then we want to push out all the excess that we only end up with about sixteenth of an inch of compound underneath the tape so I like to use two compound knives it's easy to control and I'm just going to create a bed of compound and we want this to be just about an eighth of an inch and one mistake a lot of homeowners do is they put too much compound under this and what happens is you don't a nice smooth patch so now I'm just going to measure the compound and I'm going to do the two sides first put a piece of tape on both sides and I'm going to start about the middle of the tape pull down and we're pulling the excess compound from under the tape and you can make several passes I'm using an all-purpose compound and this takes six to eight hours to dry so it gives us plug in time to work with it here it looks like there's a little bubble of air underneath this tape so you can push a little bit of compound under that you want to make sure there's compound underneath it for it to embed and to dry properly so now I'm going to put a little bit of compound here and we're going to put tape the other direction on the top on the bottom so we'll just measure and we'll cover that seam on top and we'll cover that seam and now again we just embed it into the compound I'm pulling it lightly so I don't move the other piece of tape try to remove all the excess compound so we don't want to end up gathering to do much sanding so I want to pull any excess from the wall and if you need to go a couple different directions you can make multiple passes and now in the middle I'm just going to use this wider knife and pull up all the excess now what we'll let this do is dry overnight we'll let it completely dry and then we'll be able to put a thin skin coat over this and fill any of these little imperfections so that's the first step the first coats dry so we're just going to take compound knife and knock off any high spots or particles now I'm going to use a 12 inch compound knife and I'm just going to float over this whole area I'm going to start a few inches away now if this were a larger patch I would just follow the seams of the tape but because this is a small patch I'm going to float over this whole Middle area and just start in a few inches away we're just going to pull over like this and come a couple different directions and the key is to just leave a very thin small coat of compound and I'm just going to come back a couple times and just pull off all the knife marks we want to leave a thin coat so we're not doing a much much sanding on the final coat so we'll let this dry overnight and we'll put a third coat on the second coat dry so we'll just take a and knock off any particles or high spots and then we're going to put a third coat on again with our 12-inch blade and I'm going to start even further away and I'm going to try to put a super thin coat over the whole area and blend it and just make multiple passes and like there where you can see knife marks we use the second blade to remove the excess and then just lightly put it down and that's all there is to it and now this should blend real nice we'll let this dry for 24 hours and then if there's any little imperfections we can come back and just touch it up third coats dry and it looks good and I alway to do is just sand it and I like a sanding sponge because there's a nice square corner and you just go over it you can feather any edges and if you need to if there's any little indentations or spots that you don't like you can always come back with a compound knife and touch it up but that's all there is to it if you have a fairly large hole just take a little piece of drywall and with a clip you can make an easy repair

20 Comments

  • Mark Bennett

    April 15, 2019

    Is this more for demonstration purposes? By that I mean, is all that really necessary for such a small hole? AND, for my purposes I am cutting out piece of existing (and painted) wall in order to get make a plumbing repair. It is in area behind refrigerator, so I am hoping to put original piece back and maybe just Spackle the crack (and I guess the recessed screw heads).

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  • Markus Chelios

    April 15, 2019

    Put a 1×2 backer in the existing hole and 5 min mud it. Done in 10 min.

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  • TheBoo300

    April 15, 2019

    why use an electric drill? too much torque for screws. also you didn't show breaking off the tabs from the clips

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  • Pam Roberts

    April 15, 2019

    Exactly the information I needed to attempt my task. Thank you.

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  • James Konefal

    April 15, 2019

    I need to patch a 3"x9" in a bathroom ceiling. I have some scrap 1/2 thickness drywall. Can I get by with this thickness. I believe the ceiling is 5/8". I

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  • Nor Draw

    April 15, 2019

    4 by 4 might have been better huh?

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  • Anthony Paolella

    April 15, 2019

    Nice work!!!

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  • Misty Bozman

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent video! I watched a few others, but they compare in detail or quality. Many thanks.

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  • MrRoverpilot

    April 15, 2019

    a good video but would you consider re-doing the video with a Modern camera ? For HD

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  • cameriqueTV

    April 15, 2019

    At 5:07, what happened to the tabs holding the brackets on the outside of the existing wall?

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  • Dee Cline

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the informative instructions! I had the clips but wasn't sure how to use them. I have one question though. It is hard to tell from the video, and I don't think you mentioned – what to do about the two 'teeth' on each clip that are on the visible side of the wall?

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  • Michael McBride

    April 15, 2019

    Would you recommend "paper" tape over the mesh tape? Also, why not put all the tape down at once? And if we do as you did, is it okay for some of tape on top to overlap the tape underneath it? Thanks and thanks for video.

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  • Allen Gumm

    April 15, 2019

    Very helpful.  Question–Can we use sandpaper rather than the tool you used to smooth off any lip that might be on the drywall piece?

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  • John Discepolo

    April 15, 2019

    Wow.  You are so professional!  Very nice video!  You are better than a lot of the guys who are already on TV.  Great!

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  • Clark Jones

    April 15, 2019

    Nicely done.  Thanks for the expertise.

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  • Jeff Couret

    April 15, 2019

    What about matching existing surrounding wall texture?

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  • FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

    April 15, 2019

    Hi,
    These were from Sheetrock. Hyde Tool also makes them. You can pick them up at your hardware store.

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  • brazillianguy01

    April 15, 2019

    What's the brand of the clips? .. Great video by the way… Simple and easy to follow

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  • FIX IT Home Improvement Channel

    April 15, 2019

    Hi,
    A scrap of wood is another great way to do it. I wanted to show how these clips work. They do a good job for large pieces of drywall. When you use 4 or more clips, they really line up the drywall patch easily.

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  • Michael Salley

    April 15, 2019

    Why not use a scrap piece of wood?

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