Drywall Patch for Wall Anchors
Using self-adhesive fiberglass drywall tape creatively can save time and produce an invisible repair.
Patching drywall holes from wall anchors like mollies or toggle bolts is relatively straightforward, but can be a real time sink, requiring multiple coats of compound—and if done poorly, it can be a real eyesore. I have found that using self-adhesive fiberglass drywall tape creatively can save time and produce an invisible repair.
First, I flatten the edge of the hole and cut away any loose paper. Next, I take the fiberglass drywall tape and cut off a section about three times the width of the hole. I take this piece and fold it in thirds (1), then again in thirds in the other direction (2). I want the center to be square and flat as possible. I then place the patch in the hole, legs first like a staple, leaving the center section between 1⁄16 in. and 1⁄8 in. inset from the surface of the drywall (3). Then I apply joint compound or spackle (4) and sand it smooth.
— Jason Betz, Clifton, Va.