How To Cover an Outlet With Drywall

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When in the process of remodeling your home, you may realize that you want to terminate an electrical outlet or two in order to clear out a wall or improve your home's electrical efficiency. Once you've disabled these electrical outlets, you're stuck with the task of filling those holes in to keep your walls looking consistent. This simple procedure will allow you to fill in wall patches created by missing electrical outlets, allowing you to further enjoy the beauty of your own home.

Things You'll Need

  • Drywall, 5-inch by 7-inch section
  • Joint compound
  • Paint
  • X-Acto knife
  • Hand sander

Filling the Hole

  • Cut your section of drywall so that there is a two-inch margin between the outlet and the corresponding edge of the drywall. Begin to carefully scrape away at the excess drywall with your X-Acto knife. Slowly carve away at the drywall until the drywall is the exact dimensions of the hole to be filled. Make sure to leave the drywall's backing paper intact, creating a paper margin of two inches around the drywall.

  • Prepare the drywall joint compound by following the compound's instructions. Place the drywall into the electrical outlet, leaving the paper outside of the outlet hole. Apply the joint compound to the wall, covering the paper side of the drywall section you've cut. Feather out the compound to cover the entire paper back, spreading the joint compound to wall level. Let the compound sit up to 24 hours to dry out properly.

  • Take the hand sander and sand the joint compound to a smooth finish. Apply more joint compound and feather out past the original application of compound. Let the compound sit again to dry out properly. Repeat this step when the compound has dried.

  • Apply desired paint over the joint compound. Be careful to make consistency even with the surrounding wall, priming the area prior to painting if necessary.

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