Step 6: Replace and patch drywall

towel bar step 6
Photo: Merle Henkenius
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Take the pieces of drywall that you removed earlier and put them back into the holes. Secure these original pieces with 1½-inch drywall screws.

With the backing installed and the holes patched, it's time to conceal your work. Start by covering the seams around the patches with either paper drywall tape or fiberglass mesh tape. This step is necessary to help prevent the joints from cracking open later.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • hand saw
      Hand saw
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife

    Shopping List

    1. 1x4 BLOCKING
    One required per towel bar

    2. 1X2 CLEAT
    required for fastening blocking to corner stud

    3. 2-INCH DECKING SCREWS
    for attaching the blocking to the studs

    4. 1/4-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    5. PAPER DRYWALL TAPE OR FIBERGLASS MESH TAPE
    used to conceal seams around drywall patch

    6. DRYWALL JOINT COMPOUND
    for finishing drywall patch

    7. 150-GRIT ABRASIVE PAPER
    used to sand joint compound

    8. PRIMER AND PAINT
    to match wall

    9. TOWEL BARS
    see the Product Gallery for options