Utilizing a California patch is very helpful when there is no studs nearby and you need to patch drywall with a limited budget and tools. Once you get the hang of California patches you will be able to conquer bigger and bigger patches. Check out the YouTube video to learn more.

(Transcript) Good evening everybody. My name is Christian Carpenter, owner of Everything Residential. We offer contractor quality and handyman prices. Give us a call at 480-798-7060. We serve the East Valley of the Sun. Enjoy the show and do your chores.

Hey, how’s it going everybody? This is Christian here with Everything Residential today I’m going to show you how to fix a hole the simplest and easiest way I know. This for all your DIY kind of people at home and it involves no tape, no mesh tape, and it’s called a California patch.

The first part of repairing the hole is going to the store and buying materials. So let’s take a look at the basic things you need. You need:

  • Some joint compound,
  • A razor blade,
  • A knife,
  • A sanding block,
  • Some drywall

That’s what these materials right here are for. You can get a lot of holes repaired with this.

Okay, the first part in doing this is you want to mark a perfect line. You can use a sanding sponge like this, because you already have it. That’s a straight line. You want to mark a straight line all the way around your hole. A straight line, get a straight line and go in here. There. I use a speed square because it’s what I have, so I did a speed square and then after you have it marked, you want to get your razor blade and you want to score where your lines are. All the way around. Make sure you go deep like this and then you want to come in at an angle. So you want to come from the outside in at all corners like this.

Okay now is the time to cut the drywall. So this is how you do it. You’re going to line up a corner of your drywall so it’s flush right here. As you can see, my line is an inch past it and I mark a line right here and I draw a line straight down. You’re not drawing it straight up with it. You’re drawing it an inch past. Drawing going down.

Now let’s move up here. We line on the top like this and then we’re going to make an inch down. And this is how you do a California patch. We’re not making the same size. We’re making it an inch bigger on each side so we’re going an inch below here, if you can see. That there’s an inch down.

Let’s go back over here and there’s another inch across. So that’s the first part. Now we’re going to cut it. We’re going to come back up and it’s a little bit bigger. It’s a little bit bigger on each side, good. Here, no it should be that way, it’s a little bit bigger on either side. We go up here. It’s a little bit bigger and that’s what we want. So that’s the second part and so we’re going to flip it around and once we flip it around what I like doing is that we make the marking the top and it’s going to be reversed. You mark the left, the right, so the rights on the left side, and the bottom. What we do here is if you can see – can you zoom in a little bit – can you see it pretty well? We’re going to make it so there’s a little a little space a little you know, like a little lip on the left side, a little lip on the right side, and then we’re going to  mark our lines so we have a little look here. A little up there, then we’re going to bring it to the left side or to make it so there’s a little lip on the top and a little lip on the bottom. And we’re going to mark right where the wherever the hole is at and then from there you’re going to draw perfect lines all the way up and across. And you can kind of line it up on this way and kind of do that. I have a speed square, so it’s a little bigger for me.

So show you what I’m doing here. Oka, so now that. You have this. Now that you have all your lines marked, that’s where you’re going to cut with your razor blade. And it’s this is the front side. We’re going to  cut on the back side now if you look at it our lines this square right here is the exact same square as that, so now we’re going to, we’re going to use our razor blade and score a line right where these lines are at. Okay, moving on to the next part.

Now that I have all my lines marked, I went with a razor blade and I remarked my top, bottom, right, and left on the inside. So come down here. I get my razor blade safe. You’re going to peel it like this. See how they’re broken like that? And you’re going to peel it slowly. There’s that one. Okay you see I did that. Oh no, this is the right piece but what I did is after I scored the line, it just breaks. But that’s how draw works. You break it off and you peel it off and you want to leave this little tail like that. This is your tape. That way you don’t go by tape and then some people can’t hide the tape. And you get the mesh tape or

the paper tape, some people can’t hide it real well. From here, if you look the left side yep, so I said you put it back this way. Oh it’s on the left side now and so see mine doesn’t quite fit in the hole. I’lI just barely the bottom can go in. The top’s not going in all the way, so what I’m going to do is, I’m going to get my sandpaper. You can use your razor blade if you want to. Let me get my sandpaper and I’m going to  say it. I got it done. A better cut, let’s be honest, let’s go back in all right.

Now we’re in there, it is okay moving on to the next step. it involves the jointing compound and using your knives. Out of the knives, you want to use the small one, so we’re using small one to begin with because it fits inside this little tray bud. So let’s put these to the side and before you continue you want to make sure we’re using the top matching from the top you want to make sure it goes in and out easily you don’t want it to be a huge gap but you want it to be able to go in and out you can kind of wiggle it around a little bit. You can see that so that’s perfect we’re using the joint compound has like a glue it’s going to  glue it in there and let me show you so we’re going to  get our about here can you see the money let me get her about here we’re going to  put it all right here so that once there’s mud all the way around you’re going to  come on here and you’re going to  put mud here’s the front you’re going to  put it right on this little lip right here and be a little generous and you’re going to get your big knife so I marked top on the top I’m going to  go around and this you got to be careful right here I grab my corners and I put my bottom in if you can see I’m letting up the bottom take my bottom in here and kind of like working it in there does it one end a little bit right here my bot okay my bottoms feeling you get a wiggle around to your bottoms and don’t push hard once I can move my bottom and I can move my top so I kind of wipe my fingers here remember it gets a little dirty here so this is when you get your big knife and you go corner to corner here you don’t want to push it too far in or else you’re going to  be mudding a lot you get your corner and you’re going to  get your corner lined up with this wall in this one right here and making it flush working it on every side and the flush here now using your big knife to get your mud back out once clean you’re going to want to just kind of wipe look at the hair in my hair wipe the mud out.

Now it’s glued in place now this is when you’re going to want to make it flush with that wall. you and if it rips it’s okay it’s the first part and it’s okay if it’s rips and that’s up a little bit we can cut it peel out and just mud it so we left this part dry or let it dry all right now that it’s completely dry for the sake of time I use my Wagner heat gun and I use this fan right here I put a fan and I suggest you doing the same just put a fan right on it and it helps it dry way quicker so you kind of find where it’s not flush and that’s we’re going to  put more of the mud but for now it’s pretty flush so we’re going to  get our mud out again but before we get our mud out we’re sanding buck I already sanded it yours has to be all it kind of like bumpity and stuff you just get your sand I kind of go in circles I don’t really go against the paper I go you know from inside the square out Oh kind of peel it up there that’s totally fine ladies here so now it’s clean and smooth the biggest part and blending a patch in is where the other texture and drywall meet your patch so if it’s super bumpy on the outside you’ll see it you want to make that smooth we need our mud or joint compound let’s put it on it all right now that it’s on there get it clean you never wipe it clean and so a lot of the times you want to put pressure on the outside so what I mean is like you want to put pressure like that and go down so what it where meets it’s smooth like that you come back down you just go back over it’s smooth and you have a little bit of lines that sands away just it will just go look just smooth so now you’re going to  get your fan put your fan back on this is your second coat of mud you’re going to  let it dry and once it’s dry you’re going to  begin sanding we’re to go ahead and sand it tell me how true that is come on is that pretty smooth very smooth exactly so now that it’s perfectly smooth you’re done with the patch okay now it’s time to spray the texture on I wet and I soaked it I just had hot water running on it and you’ll see when you have hot water running on it after it’s really hot you just shake it and it gets cold again because you know it’s cold on the inside so after I get hot water what now that’s warm and ready to go you’re going to  go and take your right guard off depending on the texture it shows you the types of the zoom it in here can you see that can you see it there’s like a like a fine kind and a heavy kind it all depends you can this is you know you move this guy round three the fine prints we’re just going to  go right somewhere in the middle here so whatever to do is let me get the structured bag I’m going to  spray into it and get all this get it ready to go okay that’s it okay now that I got like release the pressure that was all built up I’m going to  go back a little bit farther here and there’s kind of like I’m going to  go in circles and when doing this you want to go on to the other texture so it blends it in okay now we’re going to  let it dry okay we just got done painting it the patch is 100% complete and just to reiterate to you guys these are the basic tools I used can you look down here look at this I use some basic joint compound ¾ bucks I use these little basic disposable knives you can keep using a couple bucks razor blade dollar 50 sanding block 3 bucks $3 some drywall that goes for like 4 or 5 bucks and the most expensive part this home axe right here texture 15 bucks so it’s very affordable you’re going to  Pat you can do any kind of California pactch with it and this is the results you get.

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