GBA Logo horizontal Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Picture icon Hamburger Icon Close Icon Sorted

Community and Q&A

Patching holes in sheetrock?

user-847792 | Posted in General Questions on

What’s the best way to patch holes in sheetrock made by hanging pictures, etc.? They’re too big to spackle and I want a nice smooth surface after I’m done.

GBA Prime

Join the leading community of building science experts

Become a GBA Prime member and get instant access to the latest developments in green building, research, and reports from the field.


  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    The smooth finish is obtained by careful application of joint compound (usually two to three layers, which are allowed to dry between applications) and careful sanding.

    Larger holes require paper tape, fiberglass tape, or a piece of drywall to make the patch. You can also buy a drywall repair kit at most hardware stores.

    More information here:

    Small Drywall Patch

    Repairing Drywall

  2. user-847792 | | #2

    These holes (1/4") are too small for a drywall patch and too large for just joint compound. Do they mean tape over it first? Or can I use some dowling to plug the holes and then joint compound over it? Also, it's in the bathroom, so humidity is a factor.

  3. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #3

    A 1/4-inch-diameter hole can be patched with ordinary joint compound or Spackle. No tape is needed.

Log in or create an account to post an answer.


Recent Questions and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |