To fix hole or patch section in drywall


Couple of questions about drywall patching.
In one section of wall I had to take a Sawsall to a galvanized pipe - unfortunately it was snugged pretty tightly to the wall and consequently the sawsall penetrated the wall. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, slap on some patch over the line cut by the sawsall and be done with it. However the Sawsall took out a good portion of the drywall backing so the hole is what is exposed, but surrounding the hole is mostly just drywall paper and paint. Should I cut out around the hole and replace that section or patch the hole and let the paint, paper, and remaining drywall take care of the rest? If I had to hang picture there or something I would replace no question, but that's not really on the docket for me.
Second question, is joint compound/mud perfectly acceptable to use as a dent/gouge repair for finished drywall - or is patching compound better.
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, but surrounding the hole is mostly just drywall paper and

the rest?
What makes an easy patch is to cut your hole back to solid sheetrock and square the hole. Take a piece of sheetrock cut 2 inches larger than your hole. Now cut the paper and score the patch on une side only to the size of your hole.
Snap off the ends and peel the snapped off pieces from the larger sheet of paper on the back. When you "glue" this in with the mud, (from the inside of the wall) the surface of the patch will be slightly lower than the surface of the wall and this makes blending in the patch real easy as you don't need to worry about blending the bulge.
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suggested, except now that I have PEX in the walls I'm less enthusiastic with my jab saw.
I've never tried the oversized paper trick, why not?

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