How to patch and repair drywall

How to patch and repair drywall

Hey guys! We’re Evan and Katelyn. In this video we’re going to go over part one of our garage series: how to patch, repair, and paint your walls. Let’s go! Before we could fix our walls we had to clear them off and get rid of things so that we could actually reach our walls. Which is good because we had stuff we’ll never use again. So we ripped off the old shelves and pegboards, and took a good look at our sad, sad walls. To fix them we had to patch holes, re-tape peeling corners, and paint; so we’ll just take this one step at a time. For things like nail and screw holes that were smaller than a finger, we uses spackle, a 150 grit sanding block, and a putty knife. Having two knives makes it easier because you can use one to scrape spackle off the other. First scrape or sand the hole clean, and wipe it off with a paper towel. Then get a small amount of spackly on your putty knife and press it into the hole, dragging the knife across it to smooth out the surface. Tiny holes are pretty easy unless you have 200 billion of them like we did. So much patching. For holds up to six inches you’ll need a drywall patch, joint compound, a poking device, a 150 grit sanding block, and a bigger putty knife with some bend to it. Again having two knives is easier. To patch a medium sized hole, first scrape away any loose bits, then sand with a 150 grit sanding block and wipe off any dust. Choose a patch that overlaps an inch or two past the edge of the hole and press it firmly against your drywall. Then apply a thin layer of joint compound over your patch starting in the middle and feathering it out over the edge. Midway through we found that a more bendy spackle knife made this part way easier. After it dries fully, sand down any ridges, wipe it down again, and repeat with another layer of joint compound, making sure to feather it out past the edge of your original application. Most people do three coats but two worked for our garage. For holes larger than 6 inches, like this big thing, you’re gonna have to cut around the hole and pop it a new piece of drywall. You’ll need a drywall piece, a pencil, a drywall knife, a utility knife, mesh drywall tape, a power screwdriver, screws, a 150 grit sanding block, joint compound, and putty knives. Also a yardstick will help if you’ve got one. Cut a square in the wall around the hole. Drywall can be found in two by two foot pieces so we traced that and cut a two by two foot square. If your hole is smaller, cut down your drywall piece to fit. Use a utility knife to score along the line, and a serrated knife to cut through the drywall. Then you can remove the piece you cut or punch through it, or punch through it. JK, don’t really do that. You’ll have a rough edge around your cut, so sand and wipe it down. If there aren’t studs behind your hole, attach a 1 by 4 inside your wall and screw your drywall patch to that. We had visible studs, so we used those. Pop your drywall piece snuggly into place and screw it into your studs or 1 by 4. Then use mesh drywall tape to go over the edges of your square, and spread joint compound over your taped edge just like we did for the patches earlier, feathering away from the tape. When dry, scrape down any edges, sand, wipe it down, and repeat. Next we turned our eye to the corners. Where two walls meet, drywall corner type is used to cover the seam. Our walls has the cheapest type and it was peeling off in several places. Here’s what we used to fix it: a utility knife, measuring tape, 150 grit sanding block, spray adhesive, drywall corner tape, joint compound, and putty knives. First remove old tape with the utility knife. Then sand the area and wipe off any dust. To attach the corner tape, we use a spray adhesive made for the purpose. The corner tape comes in the role, so measure and cut off the amount you need. Fold the tape along the crease and snip the top at 45 degrees if it’s butting up against the ceiling. Once the adhesive tacky, press the tape into the corner and smooth it into place. When it’s dry, apply joint compound over the tape and feather the edges, y’all know the drill. Finally the satisfying part! After patching up so much of our walls that we wondered, would tearing them down and starting over be easier? It was finally time to paint! Here’s what we used: spray primer, a 150 grit sanding block, paint, a pour spout if you want to get fancy, paint roller covers, an angled brush, paint trays, and paint rollers. Plus this big thing to brush dust and cobwebs off our wall. First go over rough patches with your sanding block, then use a broom to brush off dust. Prime over any dark paint or water damage. The paint we got does have primer in it, but we wanted to be extra sure nothing blood through. For paint, we used off-the-shelf white Behr Ultra Premium Plus and a satin sheen so it would be easy to clean. We rolled over the walls and cut in around the edges with an angled brush. Side note if you have to paint over a few days like we did, wrap your rollers and brushes tightly in foil and keep them in the fridge overnight. They don’t dry out and you can get back to painting the next day. We painted the door too, it was in bad shape. Oil-based paint works great for the trim but not so much for the door. How do you feel about this door baby? absolute failure, this is horrible. We just couldn’t get it smooth. We’ve never used oil paint before. It got better as it dried but it was a learning experience. After the door we just had to get one last hard-to-reach spot. Yay! After starting with a yellow, full of holes, hot mess of a garage, it is pretty sweet to look around and see smooth white. Now I feel better. So fixing our walls was a big undertaking but totally worth it. And now we have a clean slate so we can revamp our storage systems. So check out our next video if you want to see how we turn our little two-car garage into a workshop using smart storage. And thanks for watching! Bye! Oh my God! Herr derr derr, do tha thing. Hrmmm we’re done!

100 thoughts on “How to patch and repair drywall

  1. It’s obvious that you two truly like and enjoy each other! That’s really nice to see and makes for a very good, entertaining video! Good information, good pace, good music. Again, from an old guy who’s been married for 39 years, it’s really nice to see! All the Best!

  2. I like how she impersonated Starfire at the end!!! Also, I thank you two for this video, I have to fix a bazillion holes in my walls(apartment) because of very active kids.😒 It would be cheaper just to do it myself(hopefully)😌😞😞

  3. Might also be a good to wear a mask when removing damaged or cracked drywall. That stuff can be really dusty especially if it’s been sitting there for 20 plus years

  4. Ok this might sound silly but we had a dear friend pass away when my husband and I were 19 or 20 we had finally had our own home but no tools so our late friends brother gave us a whole tool box like those standing ones with a bunch of drawers and the top detaches and he just let us keep whatever was in it and we’ve held on to all of those things since we got them at 19 we’re 29 now lol but there was a bunch if things we had no idea what they were used for and half the things you guys used are the things we have so thank you so much because now I know if our 3 and 5 year old little girls knock any holes in our walls we can patch it up! 😂 seems silly that we kept things we had no idea what they did or how they worked but now that we have finally become homeowners and our home we had built so it’s good to have things to fix issues that may arise 😂

  5. protip that i learned from home renovision, with nail/screw holes or tiny holes in your wall, make a divet directly on it either using a small hammer or the back of a nail punch tool. this way, your spackle/compound is recessed rather than "over" the hole and you won't have to feather it out too much to make it even. it's the same principle as when they install drywall and slightly divet in the head of a screw.

  6. I’m sorry but never use a spray adhesive to apply tape you always, always mud your tape before and after you put the tape on. Do it just like you would like you would on new drywall

  7. My family had a much bigger hole in the wall it was so big it took 3 days to complete it's still a little gray than the white wall.

  8. Dude thank you so much.. I had a HUGE hole in my wall I put there in '06! watched your video, got inspired by the simplistic layout of instructions, ran to home Depot .. and 5hrs later it's fix!

  9. So I was leaning on my walls and I broke it somehow and now I’m freaking out…. my parents are going to KILL me

  10. THAT PUSH mower made mince meat of that long grass. I had to re-watch that a few times. That was pretty impressive haha.

  11. A little tip for the drywall tape put drywall mud or compound on the corners or joints on drywall and then put the tape on, if not over time the tape will become loose from the corners or joints but love the vids keep it up!

  12. This was so good! and I enjoyed watching you two do it together. Thank you. I'm going to try to repair two holes in my family room. Thank you.

  13. 1:25 Use a 5 in 1 tool to remove more loose and failing wall. Prime. And you don’t need a patch for that, can use MH Ready Patch. Or mix up Easy Sand or the more durable and harder to sand Durabond.

  14. Was the cement behind the large hole in the wall even dry? It looks like the builders quit halfway, lol.

  15. ….our dog ate a hole in our drywall. i swear we feed her plenty. we’ve had a hole in our wall for months….

  16. I think there are some awfully cute shots of you two at the end with the white tshirts on that I would frame for your kids! You two are adorable! 🥰🥰

  17. Try to build actual house from brck not from wood and dry wall🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  18. When I was 16 I was playing video games at my cousin's house and accidentally knocked a hole in his bedroom wall. My aunt and uncle weren't there, so we quickly improvised a wall patch… a piece of cardboard from a Coca Cola box and some joint compound. Worked like a charm because 15 years later my aunt and uncle are still none the wiser to what happened.

  19. As someone who used to own a painting and pressure cleaning business, don’t use oil paint. Use water based paint. Oil is good for expensive tables, interior windows antiques etc. For a utility door there is no advantage to using oil. Semi gloss is great as you can wipe away stains and dirt.

  20. American houses are so fucking weird.. I always remember the story of the three pigs when I see any of this so called dry wall houses, brick is the way to go.

  21. This is EXACTLY what I needed — YOU KICK ASS — You covered patching a large whole — I'm in tears because that is EXACTLY what I needed !!!! Yes, I'm a chick

  22. I sub because of her you're lucky….. jk you guys are cute together for some reason YouTube recommended me this idky

  23. I have like a dent in my wall not a full hole but I can’t fix it without my parents figuring out it’s there 😂

  24. Did y'all know we have 4 channels now? This main one, plus:

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  25. A Question for you two: At my household, there was an Incident a while back. Won't go into Detail, but what kind of materials would you recommend for a rather.. decently sized hole? The impact area was about the size of the head (Faint accident) and the back of it was completely hollow as far as I can tell, but the Stud (The Pillar) was mere inches away. What would you recommend to fix this sized hole?

    (The Wall itself collapsed inwards (The Pieces) and my folks won't do a damn thing about every time I bring it up that we need to fix it, so I might as well do it my damn self ya know?)

  26. I find this interseting yet I have no use for this video.😝I will not have to repair drywall for a long time

  27. Wouldn't it be great to have an adhesive straight edge that helps when cutting plasterboard holes n repairs

  28. For future reference, oil based paint goes super smooth on a door using mini rollers applying thick coats in straight lines from top to bottom of the door going from the hinges’ side towards the door handle’s side with the roller’s loose edge towards the side that you already painted (so the edge with the metal bit doing a bit of a L shape should be towards the side you need to pain because that is the side where you apply the most pressure on and therefore the side that creates the most streaks)… not sure that makes too much sense just reading it but if you try it out it will make more sense and you will get a perfect finish! Also I am super impressed my your patching skills, most home renovation channels got it wrong but you guys did everything right! As someone who worked in construction/renovation as a painter this makes me very very happy 🙂

  29. I was looking for a quick refresher on how to do this and i got a nice little mentions of my tape being cheap…and an adorable attempt at punching a hole in wall that was too funny and cute. Plus good soothing narraration. subbed

  30. This video was so helpful! Thanks for sharing all the tools/supplies you used! This is the best video I’ve found without all the fluff!

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