Repairing a hole that's larger than 6 in. dia. doesn't require much - all you need are two short 1x3s and a scrap piece of drywall. Start by cutting the ragged hole into a neat square or rectangle. Slip one of the 1x3s into the wall cavity and screw it to the edge of the cutout; be sure it overlaps into the hole by 1 1/4 in. (photo 5). Then attach the second 1x3 to the opposite side of the cutout. After cutting a piece of drywall to fit into the cutout, apply a bead of construction adhesive to the face of each 1x3 (photo 6). Secure the patch to the 1x3s with 1 1/4-in.-long drywall screws (photo 7). Spread a thick coat of joint compound around the edges of the patch. Use the drywall knife to firmly press paper tape into the compound; this will hide the joints (photo 8). After the compound has dried completely, sand it smooth and apply at least two more thin coats of compound. Lightly sand the final coat, prime the area and brush on two coats of paint, letting the first dry thoroughly before applying the second.
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