A working knowledge of drywall ceiling repair is essential for anyone who owns property with drywall in it. Drywall wallboard can be damaged by water leaks, by hanging heavy paintings on them, or even by accidentally throwing a baseball through it. The good news is, repairing this damage can be a breeze if you’ve got the right tools, the motivation, and the general know how. In many cases, there’s no need to call a professional to do the repair job for you. Below are some basic Drywall Contractors Sacramento, CA repair problems you might run into.

Fix a Large Hole

What You’ll Need:



Drywall saw

Utility knife

1 x 4 piece of lumber

Construction adhesive


Scrap drywall

Drywall screws

Power drill

Drywall knife

Fiberglass mesh tape

Drywall compound

Hand sander



  1. Draw a square around the hole using your level and pencil. Use the level to create one side of the square by centering it on a stud.


  1. Saw three sides of the square with the drywall saw (don’t cut the side centered on the stud just yet. Continually clean off the debris while you cut, so it doesn’t fall into the hole.


  1. Take out the drywall stud by using the utility knife. With the knife, cut all the way down the line centered on the drywall stud.


  1. Back the repair with the 1 x 4 piece of lumber. Do so by putting a lot of constructive adhesive on the back of the board, and placing it in the square.


  1. Secure the backing board to the rest of the drywall using C-clamps. You should see some adhesive coming from the joint. This shows a secure bond.


  1. Allow the adhesive to dry, according to the instructions on the tube. While it’s drying, cut out a piece of scrap drywall to fit the square. Fasten this to the piece of lumber, and the drywall stud, by using drywall screws and the power drill.


  1. Place fiberglass mesh tape over the seams of the scrap drywall. Let the tape overlap at the corners to increase the strength.


  1. 8. Apply drywall compound over the fiberglass mesh tape with the drywall side of the drywall knife. Allow this to dry, and then smooth the compound using a hand sander. Try to match the look of the surrounding wall to make this repair as unnoticeable as possible.


  1. Apply a few light coats of drywall compound over the area you’ve repaired. As before, you’ll use the knife to do this. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next, and then on the final coat, use the hand sander to lightly sand it.


  1. Apply primer to the drywall repair area, and then paint with a matching color. Allow the paint to feather out several inches beyond the repair area for continuity’s sake. This will complete your drywall ceiling repair job.


While a little time consuming, drywall ceiling repair is not impossible to do. If you take care, and follow directions, you can complete a nice looking (and cost-effective) drywall patch crack repair on a weekend afternoon.