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Patching drywall looks simple, but a truly seamless repair takes considerable skill and care. Any irregularities due to excess compound, fasteners, tears in the drywall covering, or uneven joints can show up when it’s too late, after you paint.

You probably love taking a refreshing hot shower in the morning to start your day, but maybe you’re not so in love with the expensive bill associated with an inefficient water heater. Most homes have a storage tank style water heater which heats water, stores it in a large tank, and then works to keep the water hot so as soon as you turn the shower knob, hot water comes out. The problem with this is these types of water heaters waste a lot of energy working to keep the water warm even when no water is running.

To fix a hole in your wall generally requires some type of patch to cover the hole, whether it is a metal patch like the one I’m holding here, or another piece of drywall like this. In addition to the patch, you need drywall patching compound to smooth out the patch and a putty knife to spread the drywall compound over the patch. Be sure to check out the Tools and Materials Checklist for everything you’ll need. You may also want to pull up our list of Frequently Asked Questions for this project before you get started.

It cannot emphasize enough that preparation before you begin to apply tape and joint compound is necessary. Your finished job will not only depend on this, but so will the amount of time and work needed as you proceed. Take a few minutes to check out the installation of the drywall, correcting minor problems as you discover them, and you will find that applying joint compound and tape will be much faster and easier with better results.

So now you have these gaps where the new drywall isn’t flush to the old drywall. You will take some of the fiber tape of the paper tape and cut it to your desired length, usually the length of the patch. The fiber tape will stick on its own to the wall, if you used the paper tape(which is the less expensive route), you need to use some of your joint compound as an adhesive for the tape.