How to Repair a Gouge in Drywall

Do’s and Don’ts in Drywall Repair

March 30, 2022 6 Read

Drywall repair is not always as simple as it seems. There are a few things you should do, and a few things you shouldn’t do, when repairing drywall. Here are a few tips:

DOs in Drywall Repair

DO use a tape measure to get the accurate dimensions of the hole before cutting out the new piece of drywall. Lightly sand the area where the patch will go. Apply a coat of drywall mud to the area, using a putty knife. Apply at least two more coats, waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next. Cut a piece of drywall that is slightly larger than the hole.

DO use joint compound to cover the screws and seams. Be sure to apply a thin layer and allow it to dry completely before adding another layer. Screw holes can be filled with a dab of the compound and then smoothed over.

DO use a drywall saw to cut out the damaged area. Patching compounds can be used to fill any small holes or cracks.

DO use screws to attach the new drywall piece to the studs. This will help to secure it in place. Also, make sure to use drywall screws that are the same size as the thickness of the drywall. For example, if you are using 1/2" drywall, use 1/2" screws. Drywall cracks can be caused by screws that are too long. If a drywall sanding screen is not available, use 120-grit sandpaper to smooth the patch before painting.

DONTs in Drywall Repair

DON’T try to repair a large hole by using a patch. A large hole will need to be replaced entirely. Drywall compound will not hold a patch in place. Just like a thin layer of spackle won’t fix a hole, a drywall compound will not fix a large hole. Also, if there are small holes around the large hole, these will need to be repaired as well.

DON’T use nails to attach the new drywall piece. Nails will not hold it securely in place and can cause further damage. The joint compound will not cover nails well and they will be visible after painting. A utility knife can be used to cut the drywall if a saw is not available.

DON’T try to repair a hole that is bigger than 4 inches in diameter with a joint compound.

DON’T try to guess the dimensions of the hole. This is especially important when repairing a gouge, which may be at an odd angle. If the

DO use drywall compound to fill in the gouge. Use a putty knife to apply a thin layer and allow it to dry completely before adding another layer.

DON’T try to repair a gouge using only joint compound. The compound will not hold and the gouge will likely reappear.

If you are using a patch, cut the patch so that it is slightly smaller than the hole. This will allow for the joint compound to adhere to the drywall around the hole and will prevent the patch from falling out.

Patching material can be used to fill any small holes or cracks. So if there are rigid materials and the hole is no bigger than 1/4 inch in diameter. Make sure to use the same type of patching material that is being used to fill the hole.

When repairing drywall, it is important to take your time and do it correctly. Rushing through the repair will likely result in further damage and an overall poor repair job. Be sure to follow these tips and your drywall will be as good as new in no time!

How to Fix badly Damaged Drywall?

Drywall is one of the most commonly used materials in construction, and it is also one of the most susceptible to damage. Whether you’re moving furniture around or your child throws a toy at the wall, it’s easy to end up with a gouge or hole in your drywall.

Fortunately, drywall damage is relatively easy to fix. You just need a few basic supplies and a little bit of patience. Fixing large holes or smaller holes can be done in the same way.

What You’ll Need:

  • Patching Compound
  • Drywall Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Dust Mask
  • Taping Knife
  • Joint compound
  • Primer
  • Paint (optional)
  • How to Repair a Gouge in Drywall

Drywall gouge repair is not difficult, but there are a few things you need to know before getting started. Also, drywall gouges are more difficult to repair than other types of damage, so it is important to take your time and be as careful as possible.

The first thing you need to do is gather all of the materials you will need. Here is a list of items you will need:

  • Drywall saw or knife
  • Sandpaper (fine grit)
  • Prime
  • Paint
  • Patching compound
  • Tape
  • Knife

Once you have all of the supplies, you can begin repairing the gouge. The first step is to cut out the damaged area using a drywall saw or knife. Be very careful not to cut into any of the good drywall around the gouge. Next, use sandpaper to smooth out the edges of the cut area.

Once the edges are smooth, you can prime the area. Once the primer is dry, paint the area with a matching color. Be sure to get all of the primers and paint in the hole so that there is no difference in color between the hole and the surrounding drywall. The surrounding texture may also need to be matched.

If the gouge is large, you may need to patch the hole with drywall tape and compound. First, apply a layer of drywall compound to the back of the drywall tape. Then, press the tape into place over the hole. Apply another layer of compound over the tape and smooth it out. Allow the compound to dry completely before painting.

Deep gouges may require more than one layer of tape and compound. Be sure to sand each layer before applying the next one. A thin coat or skim coat can also be used to repair gouges.

Mesh tape can also be used to repair gouges. Cut a piece of mesh tape that is slightly larger than the hole. Apply a layer of drywall compound over the hole and press the mesh tape into place.

Finally, use a patching compound to fill in the hole. Be sure to press the compound into the hole firmly so that there are no air pockets. Once the hole is filled, use a putty knife to smooth out the surface. Finally, tape over the area to protect it while it dries.

It is important to take your time and be careful when repairing a gouge in drywall. If you are not careful, you can easily make the problem worse. By following these simple steps, however, you can repair the gouge quickly and easily.


Dealing with a drywall gouge can be a relatively easy task, but there are a few things you need to know in order to do it properly. All the lists above are items you will need to complete the job. Call a professional if you need help. Nothing is worse than making the problem worse.

Do not be afraid to ask for help when it comes to repairing your drywall gouge. It is always better to have someone else do it correctly the first time, rather than trying to fix it yourself and making the problem worse.