Step 1: Cut out the patch

drywall patch cutout
Photo: David Carmack
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Find a scrap of drywall that's the same thickness as the damaged drywall, and cut out a square-cornered patch big enough to cover the hole. Place the patch over the hole and pencil its outline on the damaged wall. Draw an X on the wall above the hole and an arrow on the patch that points at the X so you'll know how to orient the patch in Step 6.
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    Tools List

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • drywall taping knife
      12-inch taping knife
    • six-inch taping knife
      6-inch taping knife
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • sand paper
      Sander paper

    Shopping List

    1. WINDOW SCREENING

    2. DRYWALL

    3. JOINT COMPOUND

    4. SCREWS

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