Have you ever had a serious “Oh crap” moment in the middle of a project that was moving so smoothly? How about this, I was cutting holes in the ceiling for can lights only to repeatedly find air ducts in the way of the housing units. This happened twice! I didn’t have a single issue with any of the wiring, just the placement of the holes.
Well, after making the holes I had to patch them. Well at first thought it’s a simple place the cut piece back and spackle around the edges. Brilliant, but not possible. Somehow the cut piece needs to be held in place. The trick to doing this isn’t new. This is also only necessary if you do not have access to any visible studs.
To create a way to anchor the drywall, place a piece of scrap wood that is slightly larger than the shape of the hole inside the hole. Drill a screw through the existing drywall to attach the wood to the drywall. Doing this will give you a piece of wood to attach the drywall to, that will fill your hole.
With the wood firmly attached to the existing drywall, the piece being used to fill the hole can be placed into position and attached with a screw. You’ll want to screw in as far as possible without breaking the surface of the drywall. Doing so will help the spackle cover more seamlessly.
The last step is to use spackle to fill your cracks (not including painting). In the case of a textured ceiling, it’s difficult to make smooth seems, as seen in the picture, but it’s not entirely necessary when painting. When filling a hole in on a wall it’s beneficial to sand the spackle to create a seamless transition so it’s not visible when painting.