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How to Patch a Hole in a Textured Ceiling

After some electrical work, This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner patch a hole left in a textured ceiling.

Painting expert Mauro Henrique shows up to repair the ceiling after Heath Eastman’s electrical work. After installing some strapping and a drywall patch, Mauro shows the homeowner how to match the repair with the existing textured ceiling.

How to Patch a Hole in a Textured Ceiling

  1. Cut a patch to match the existing hole’s shape and size. Use a hole saw, and screw gun or a keyhole saw to cut the patch from the 1/2-inch drywall.
  2. Place a piece of wood strapping above the ceiling. Use the screw gun and some drywall screws to screw through the existing ceiling and into the strapping to hold it in place. Don’t over-tighten the screws or the drywall will break.
  3. Fit the patch into the hole and screw it into the strapping. Don’t overtighten.
  4. Mix drywall compound and water in the joint compound tray. Mix it until it’s entirely incorporated. Use the margin trowel to push the compound into the joint around the patch. Allow the mud to sit for about 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, place drywall tape over the joint to prevent the compound from cracking. Apply a second coat of drywall compound over the patch. Vary the pattern and angle of the trowel to mimic the texture on the rest of the ceiling.