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Patching Hole Left From Removal of Ceiling Light

We moved a ceiling light in our Dining room because it was off centered. How do I patch the existing hole in the ceiling.

Jane F. from Statesville, NC


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October 5, 20070 found this helpful

My son is a drywall contractor... Just hang tough for a few hours and I'll ask him this afternoon. He lives in Tn so it's eastern time

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October 5, 20070 found this helpful

You can get this info from Home Depot but this is what my son told me. It's important to note whether the ceiling has a texture or a flat surface. If it has texture this must be scraped off before you begin to work on the patch.
1. Cut out the hole in the ceiling to a square.
2. Cut a square of scrap drywall 1/2 in thick. If the hole in the ceiling is 4 by 4 make your drywall scrap 6 by 6.


3. Place the scrap on a table finished side down. Score a line around it so that you have a line the size of the hole. Tap the scored line on the side of a table or workbench then peel the drywall away from the paper finish. This will serve as your drywall tape to attach to the ceiling.
4. Put drywall mud on the ceiling and on the overhanging paper on the patch square, place it in the spot and apply drywall mud to the outside edges and sand and paint and/or texture your ceiling.

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October 5, 20070 found this helpful

Sorry I forgot the drying part.... Let the area dry overnight before trying to sand or paint/texture

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By Happy05 - delaware (Guest Post)
October 8, 20070 found this helpful

If you don't want to work with drywall patching, this idea might help. Our plumber had to cut a hole in the ceiling of our main level bath to fix the slow draining bathtub on the second floor. The plumber got a white snap-in cover panel and covered the hole without having to use drywall patch or paint.


The panels come in a couple of sizes depending on the size of the hole in the ceiling. No one ever notices the ceiling in the bathroom. It might be more noticeable in the middle of your dining room but it may be an easy and inexpensive option. Good luck with your project.

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