How to Fill Large Holes in Drywall: A Comprehensive Guide

Repairing a hole in drywall is a simple DIY task that can be accomplished with just a few tools and materials. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to repair even the largest hole in your drywall.


Drywall saw and/or utility knife

Drywall patch

Joint compound

Drywall tape



Step 1: Cut out the damaged area

Using a drywall saw or utility knife, cut out the damaged area in a rectangular shape. Make sure the edges are straight and even.

Step 2: Cut the patch

Cut a drywall patch slightly larger than the hole. Hold the patch over the hole and trace around it with a pencil.

Step 3: Install the patch

Insert the patch into the hole and secure it with drywall screws. Make sure the patch is flush with the surrounding wall.

Step 4: Apply the joint compound

Using a putty knife, apply joint compound over the patch, covering the edges of the patch and the screw holes. Make sure the joint compound is smooth and even.

What type of joint compound and drywall tape do I need?

Choosing the best brand of drywall tape and joint compound can be a subjective decision as it often depends on personal preference and the specific project requirements. However, there are some well-known and reputable brands that are commonly recommended by professionals and DIYers alike.

For drywall tape, one of the most popular brands is 3M. Their FibaTape products are widely used and known for their strength, durability, and ease of use. Other top brands for drywall tape include Strait-Flex, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, and Duck Brand.

When it comes to joint compound, USG Sheetrock is a well-respected brand that offers a range of joint compounds to suit different needs. Their joint compounds are known for their consistency and ease of sanding. Other top brands for joint compound include ProForm, DAP, and Plus 3.

It’s worth noting that some professionals prefer to use a specific brand of joint compound and tape together for the best results. For example, some may use USG Sheetrock joint compound with 3M FibaTape for a seamless finish.

Ultimately, the best brand of drywall tape and joint compound will depend on the specific needs of your project and personal preference. It’s important to do some research, read reviews, and consider factors such as durability, ease of use, and consistency before making a decision.

Step 5: Apply drywall tape

Apply drywall tape over the joint compound, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Step 6: Apply a second coat of joint compound

Once the first coat of joint compound is dry, apply a second coat. Make sure the second coat is wider than the first, feathering the edges to blend with the surrounding wall.

Step 7: Sand and paint

Once the second coat of joint compound is dry, sand it smooth with fine-grit sandpaper. Apply a coat of paint to finish the repair.

Repairing a large hole in drywall is a simple process that can be completed with just a few tools and materials. By following these steps, you can restore your drywall to its original condition and have it looking as good as new.

Willard & Ward handles drywall repair and replacement projects of all sizes, from minor repairs before painting to large patching projects. Contact us today to receive your free estimate!