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Fix holes and dents in drywall

  • Difficulty Level: hammer
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  • Completion Time : 1-4 hour(s)

A hole in a home’s wall is a blemish in the decor in much the same way that a dent in the fender spoils the finish of a new car. There are many types of small drywall damage from dents with a hammer, and holes while hanging pictures, to punctures caused by rough-housing children. Fixing wall damage just takes a few simple tools, inexpensive materials and a little patience.

Small holes in drywall can be quickly fixed with wood putty or a bit of spackle. On the other hand, large holes require replacing the damage with a new piece of wall.


Tools and materials required


  • Carpenter’s pencil

  • Drywall knife

  • Drywall saw or jigsaw

  • Electronic stud finder

  • Flashlight

  • Framing square

  • Rags

  • Sandpaper

  • Scissors

  • Drill with Phillips head screwdriver bit

  • Tape Measure

  • Taping knife

  • Paint brush 


  • 1 box – 1 ¼" coarse-thread drywall screws

  • Wood laths - 2" x ¾"

  • Adhesive-backed fiberglass wallboard tape

  • Peel-and-stick repair patch, either aluminum or fiberglass mesh

  • Putty stick

  • Spackling compound

  • Undamaged pieces of wall board

  • Wood filler

  • Primer paint

  • Finishing paint

Before Assembly


Use spackling compound or wood filler to hide screw heads as well as large holes in mouldings and baseboards left by finishing nails. Spackle is used for repairing drywall.

Wood filler is generally weather-resistant, does not contract, is available in an assortment of colours (depending on the brand) and may be sanded and painted. This can be very convenient when there are many small holes to fill. In addition wood filler can be easily applied by novice do-it-yourselfers.

If the surface surrounding the hole is cracked or pieces of the wallboard appear to be loose (broken but held in place by the wallboard paper), you will have to use a peel-and-stick repair patch to cover the damaged area.

Putty sticks, also available in a variety of colours, are a good choice for patching small holes in woodwork. The putty is applied by simply rubbing the stick back and forth over the hole.

If the holes and cracks continually reappear use a flexible filler.

To prevent the drywall screws from penetrating too deep use a dimpler attachment on your drill.

Once the repair job is done it is recommended that the entire wall be painted to better conceal the repair.


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Ontario, L2A 1H7

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