Drywall Hot Patch
What is a drywall Hot Patch?
First off, it is not hot as in temperature, but hot as in fast and easy to repair a hole in drywall.
No cutting until you find a stud and drilling drywall screws to hold the new patch in place.
Depending on the hole size, if there is no stud behind where the drywall repair patch must go, this is the best way to fix this.
It is also very strong, and if floated out correctly with drywall mud, undetectable when finished.
1.) First you measure the size of the hole and then draw it out on the backside of a piece of drywall that is 3 times the size of the hole.
Remember it must be the backside because you want the nice smooth front side pointing to the front.
2.) You then take a razor blade and cut each line in the pattern just deep enough to cut that first layer of paper.
You then crack off the drywall off and pull it away until you reach the first layer of paper.
3.) Do that on all 4 sides.
Then it resembles the hole with 3 inches of paper all the way around.
4.) Take it over to the hole and make sure the drywall will fit into the hole itself.
Wet the paper on the backside with water using a wet paint brush, then take wet drywall mud and put it all around the hole about 5 inches out on each side.
5.) Push the new patch into the hole and take a small drywall knife and push the wet paper into the wet mud all the way around.
6.) When first layer is dry take a new layer of mud and spread it all over the top of the patch going out 6 inches on all sides with a much larger drywall knife.
7.) Let it dry and then sand and it is ready for texture or paint.
** Bonus **
To help save time, use fast drying mud in either 20 minute or 45 minute by USG. This is in a dry form in a bag. You can also add it to premixed mud in a bucket to help speed up the drying time.
The whole process is fast and easy.
You can do many of these holes in a short period of time.
This also works on ceilings with holes that are not too large. If they are too big, gravity will make them fall off before they have a chance to dry unless you have one drywall screw in a stud.