I have a room with 5 holes where speakers used to be mounted in the walls.
Each hole is the same size........a rectangle about 9 inches wide and about
14 inches tall.
Now that the speakers have been removed, I am left with filling these 5
holes. Cutting out new pieces of drywall to fit these 5 openings is not
hard. I am wondering how to attach the drywall, since there are no studs
anywhere near the cut-out openings.
Any suggestions are very much appreciated. Thank you.
You take a board about 3/4 inch thick, a couple of inches wide and several
inches longer than the hole is big. YOu may want to use one on each side
depending on how big the hole is. Place the board behind the drywall and
use some screws through the wall into the board . This holds the board
behind the wall. Then you can screw the new pieces of drywall to the
Grap two scraps of gyproc. Cut them to about 6" by 12". Scew one
screw into the center of each piece. This will be your handles. Slip
the piece through the hole and hold it against the back side of the 9
x 14 inch hole. Now screw it in place. Repeat . Now cut out a 9 x 14
piece and attach it to the scraps and mud..... there you go an all
gyproc fix that will not shrink and crack.
While screwing peices of wood behind the existing drywall is a tried and
true method, don't overlook the "modern way", drywall clips which
accomplish the same thing. They are sold in most building supply and
hardware stores. Here's some different styles:
Boy !!! What a superb group of people here on this newsgroup !!
Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I'm really tempted to try those
"Insta-back" clips after watching the video, but I'm going to try doing one
of the 5 holes first using scrap material I have here to form the wood or
drywall frame. Looks like it shouldn't be too difficult other than getting
the final coat of mud to look smooth and blended.
Thanks again to all.
Very good advice so far.
A friend recommended leaving some extra paper on the patch piece. It's
a little tricky to do. Basically, you cut the paper on the face wider
on all sides than what you actually need by a half inch or so. Then
you score the back side of the piece exactly the size you need and
break the joint there, peeling the extra face paper away from the
The extra width of paper becomes the 'built in' joint tape. Mud it
over top of the existing drywall surface.
This comes from someone who I imagine has punched more than his fair
share of holes in walls so trust the advice.
You'd still support the patch from the back side like everyone else
recommends. This is just cosmetic.
On 24 Jan 2007 09:03:22 -0800, "The Reverend Natural Light"
I used to date a girl whose ex-husgband had knocked holes in the wall.
Fortunately for me, I didn't feel qualified to patch sheetrock in
those days. And just as well because I found out how she made him so
He told me he hit the wall because he didn't want to hit her. (Usually
with a doorknob. For some reaosn door stops hadn't been installed on
their brand new house yet, and the doorknob would go into the wall
when he was mad.
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