How to Fill Large Screw Holes

After you remove a screw from your wall you will be left with a hole that needs to be filled. Filling a hole in dry wall might be easier than you think and can be accomplished with materials that are readily available at any hardware store.

  1. Clean the hole by removing any broken screws, wood or other debris from the hole. You can use a small brush or toothpick to do this.

  2. Use a utility knife to apply some joint compound to the inside of the hole. Fill it in as much as possible, making sure to apply the joint compound evenly. This is an important step. If you don't put enough compound into the hole then it will be a shallow spot in your wall. If you put too much compound in you may have a harder time when it comes time to sanding the compound smooth with the wall. If you are uncertain, err on the side of a bit too much than too little.

  3. Feather the joint compound out around the drywall that is around the hole. You can accomplish this by using the flat edge of your utility knife.

  4. Let the joint compound dry. It will generally take about one full day for this.

  5. Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth any rough areas in the joint compound after the hole has dried. The compound is a fairly soft material so you don't need to sand it too vigorously. Simply rub the sand paper against it until it is smooth.

  6. Wipe away any dust created by sanding the compound.

  7. Use a small amount of paint that is the same color as your wall so that the compound blends in evenly with its surrounding area and allow the paint to dry.


  • When you first apply the paint, it will appear to be a slightly different shade than the dried paint around it. Once the paint dries, it should be the same if you have used the correct color.