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Old 10-25-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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easy way to patch a dryer vent hole in drywall?

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Old 10-25-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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At that size I'd cut a patch of drywall to fit, screw a strip or two of wood inside the hole, through the existing drywall, then screw your patch to those strips of wood. tape and mud the seams.

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Old 10-25-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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At that size I'd cut a patch of drywall to fit, screw a strip or two of wood inside the hole, through the existing drywall, then screw your patch to those strips of wood. tape and mud the seams.
I agree!
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:05 PM   #5
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That's what I would do too. If you have a problem working with a round hole then cut the hole into a square with your drywall saw and then follow Nate's advice
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The trick however is to get a square piece of drywall first, hold it over the circle and trace the square onto the wall and cut out those lines that way your patch is the exact size
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:10 PM   #7
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How about a piece of toilet paper or newspaper and then mud????? Just kidding guys.......ha ha.....seen it before from many..... You would be amazed at the number of soooo called contractors that have no clue on how to do simple drywall repairs......wow........
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someone told me about a neat trick, but i have never done it myself...

take your piece that you are using as a patch and cut it 2-3" BIGGER on all sides, then scrape away the 2-3" of rock on the backside, leaving just the finished side of the paper to basiclly act as tape.


like i said, i have never tried it myself, but ive heard it works good.
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arichard21: I tried that technique twice. In my opinion it's a waste of time. Cutting a piece of drywall to fit, use mesh tape, and a some joint compound is the easiest way to go.
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someone told me about a neat trick, but i have never done it myself...

take your piece that you are using as a patch and cut it 2-3" BIGGER on all sides, then scrape away the 2-3" of rock on the backside, leaving just the finished side of the paper to basiclly act as tape.


like i said, i have never tried it myself, but ive heard it works good.

It does work, when you know what you are doing. We have done it multiple times. We had a job about 3 years ago, while remodeling a large doctor's office, where the electrician went bonkers ripping outlets and switches from the walls and leaving holes. About 6 such holes per room with 20 rooms. All came out perfectly...including the curved reception area wall - ;-).

Unfortunately, it's takes more advanced taping skills to properly coat such a patch. Most DIYers don't have that ability yet. Not trying to sound high and mighty, just stating real world facts.

If someone wants to attempt it, it is just as described by a previous poster (in terms of how to cut the sheetrock for the patch). The key is: Coat the area around the hole heavily with compound. (we use a plastering hawk for our carrying our compound and 6" taping knife and 12" taping knife (trowels work too). The corner of the hawk (or taper's pan) can be used to hold the edge of the sheetrock paper patch (so it doesn't move) while wiping down the paper edges with the 6" knife.
Once it is properly wiped, a wide medium thickness skim coat is applied with the edges feathered. Once that dries, a second thinner skim is applied that extends beyond the 1st coat's edges. After that dries, yet a third, very, very thin coat is applied, also going beyond the previous coat's edges. Thus the original 3"x6" patch becomes 20"x24" or so....(you are blending the patch into the wall, so as to avoid a "lump"). The area is sanded after it dries, and one last "touch-up" of any rough areas is done. When it is painted, you'd never guess a hole was there, even with a light on it.

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Another tip when using the "hot patch": After scraping away the rock from the outside edges, wet that part of the paper, both to remove residual rock and to make for a better bond with the mud... and use setting type compound, not ready mix.

I use this technique all the time when patching holes in the wall (old receptacles or cable routing) and for small ceiling holes. Much easier than the old scrap of wood, multiple screws technique, especially in plaster walls.
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Wow....never thought a simple hole would cause soo much discussion!!
I do patches all the time. Usually takes less than thirty minutes from when I pull up and set up and do the job. I use the board or nailer inside of the patch if it is small or stud to stud cut out for larger ones. I actually time myself on patches just to show how good I am at them. Just a sickness of doing things fast, and perfect.

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