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k2t4e 09-16-2012 09:43 AM

I have drywall in my room, I recently had a outlet ripped out of my dry wall... Its only the top screw that got ripped out and ruined the dry wall where the screw goes.. I'm not sure how to fix this...

chrisn 09-16-2012 04:49 PM

Please explain further, I don't get it.

joecaption 09-16-2012 08:52 PM

And post a picture, you can see it, we can not.

firsttimeremode 09-17-2012 09:47 AM

its not hard. My dad does this in his rentals all the time. If you are needing the repair i think you do anyway.
First turn off the power to that outlet. Remove the outlet receptacle. Cut out a square around the receptacle opening of the drywall. Now take the cut out portion and trace it onto a new piece, including the receptacle opening, and cut one side of it exactly on the line SURROUNDING the opening, and on the other side of the drywall, cut it a bit larger. When the cut piece of new drywall is pulled away from the rest, you should have a square of drywall, with paper on one side extending from the entire perimeter. Now cut out the opening for the receptacle, use drywall screws to screw the new drywall into the hole, and finish the edges. Reinstall your receptacle and faceplate, and its done. If you need pictures, they have a walkthrough for this process on

joecaption 09-17-2012 09:54 AM

If you have the wall open anyway to do the repair figure out what to do to support the outlet so it does not happen again.

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