How to Patch a Hole in The Ceiling

Had a little accident in your home that ended up breaking a hole in the ceiling? Well, there is no need to fret or spend heaps of money by hiring a professional. A hole in the ceiling is something that you can easily patch on your own, provided that you have the right tools and materials. To make the process easier for you, here is an in-depth guide on how you can patch differently sized holes in the ceiling. Let’s get to it then, shall we?

How to Patch a Hole in The Ceiling: Hole Wider Than 12 Inches

When working on any project, safety is key. So, start off by inspecting the hole for any wiring. Be sure to move the wires away using safety gear before you get started. 

Tools Required

  • Cordless drill
  • Drywall knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Drywall tape (mesh)
  • Sanding block (fine-grit)
  • Cloth
  • Paint roller

Materials Required 

  • Drywall sheets
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Ceiling texture in a spray can
  • Primer 
  • Paint

Step 1 

Start off by locating two of the nearest joist beams on either side of the hole. Then grab your cordless drill and use the long bit attachment. Next, poke two holes using the cordless drill in your ceiling. These holes should align with the joist beams that you located.

Step 2

Go down a floor so that the hole in the ceiling is now above you. Grab your drywall knife, cut out the piece of damaged drywall within the ceiling, and remove this piece. You should now be able to see the beams you located in the first step. 

Step 3

Jot down the measurements of the piece of damaged drywall that you just removed and grab a new drywall sheet. Cut out a piece of drywall from the drywall sheet. Be sure that this replacement piece should measure out to be a bit smaller than the original damaged piece of drywall.

Step 4

Now, place this new and slightly smaller drywall piece inside the ceiling hole. You must then secure this replacement drywall piece using two screws positioned on either side of the drywall piece. To avoid any form of crumbling, be sure to drill in these screws approximately one inch away from the edge.

Step 5

Using your drywall taping knife, apply a layer of the drywall joint compound around the newly secured drywall piece to cover the seams. Be sure to make this layer as thin as you can. Then, cut the drywall tape made of mesh equivalent to the seam’s length and press it into the wet drywall joint compound. Once the tape has been placed, cover it with another thin layer of the drywall joint compound and wait until the compound has completely dried.

Step 6

Now, grab your sanding block and begin sanding this newly patched-up area to help the repaired hole to blend in and be at level with the rest of the ceiling. To clean off the sanding dust, you can simply use a cloth. 

Step 7

If your ceiling has texture, you can use a ceiling texture spray that gives off the same effect on your patched-up ceiling. Be sure to let it dry completely before priming and painting over it. For the best result, paint two separate coats leaving ample time for drying in between the layers.

How to Patch a Hole in The Ceiling: A Hole Wider Than an Inch

The procedure of patching a hole that is wider than an inch is much simpler than the one mentioned above. 

Tools Required

  • Putty knife
  • Sanding block (fine-grit)
  • Cleaning cloth

Materials Required

  • Drywall compound
  • Patching material (plastic mesh)
  • Ceiling texture spray
  • Primer 
  • Paint 

Step 1

Using your putty knife, begin scraping the ceiling texture around 2 inches past the hole in the ceiling. 

Step 2 

Then, apply the drywall compound, using your putty knife, around the hole. Next, grab your patching material and cut off a piece that is 1 inch wider than the hole. Gently, place the patching material inside the hole and firmly secure its edges to the wet drywall compound. Then, apply a layer of the drywall compound on top of this newly placed patch and let dry. 

Step 3

Grab your sanding block and begin sanding the newly patched-up area and wipe off any dust using a simple cleaning cloth. Finish the process off with step 7 described within the first process.

How to Patch a Hole in The Ceiling: A Hole Smaller Than an Inch 

The process of patching a hole smaller than an inch is by far the easiest and most straightforward procedure. 

Tools Required

  • Putty knife
  • Clean cloth
  • Sanding block (fine-grit)
  • Small paintbrush

Materials Required

  • Vinyl spackling
  • Ceiling paint

Step 1

Grab your putty knife and vinyl spackling and begin filling up the hole with the material. Once done, gently wipe any excess spackling away using a clean cloth. Then, allow the vinyl spackling to dry before progressing onto the next step.

Step 2

Using the sanding block, gently sand the hole to make it level with the ceiling. Then grab some ceiling paint and a small brush and paint over the patched-up hole. Be sure to clean away any residue caused by sanding before you begin to paint over the hole.

There is no doubt that no matter how extensive a project might be if you have the right tools and access to the correct procedure, you can make your project an incredibly economical one by doing it yourself. The great thing about completing this task yourself is that you can easily find all of the tools and materials needed in a hardware store. Not to mention that you can easily store them away until you need to work on another home improvement project in an economical way. However, it is important to note that the process of patching a hole in the ceiling becomes much more complicated as the hole in the ceiling becomes larger. So, if you are unsure of how safely you can patch the hole in the ceiling, be sure to consult with a professional.

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