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Applying a Butterfly Sheetrock Patch

sheetrock patch1To fix a small (under 6”x6”) hole in sheetrock try what is called the butterfly patch. This is a simple fix without using paper tape, fiberglass tape, wire mesh, cladding or clips. Most importantly it does not require any backing. The trick to this patch is the paper on the face of the drywall piece you will be using as a patch.
sheetrock patch2Start your patch by cutting a new piece of drywall in a square about 2” larger than the hole. On the face side of this piece of drywall, be sure to leave 1 inch of paper on every side. Now place the pieceyou have cut against the hole, and trace around it. Using a keyhole saw, cut out around your marks to leave a new, larger hole. This hole will be a perfect fir for your patch. Using a 4-6” taping knife, apply a thin coat of dry wall compound on the backside of the paper edges. Use just enough for the paper to stick. Reinsert the patch into the wall until it is even with the rest of the wall. Apply a thin layer of joint compound over the entire patch. Allow this to dry. sheetrock patch3Sand and repeat until the wall is smooth.
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