Posted by Bob (Md) on February 22, 2001 at 17:21:51:
Another trick that I’ve used is to cut a patch the size of the hole, and then glue a couple of paint stir sticks to the back of the patch with the ends sticking out an inch or two. After the glue dries, put glue on the ends that are sticking out, slide the patch up into the hole so that the sticks are supporting it, and let the new glue dry. Then just patch and paint the joint like regular drywall.
There’s also a cute trick that you can do with the same type patch on a vertical wall - you need some string, a weight and an extra paint stick. Poke a hole in the middle of the new patch (with the sticks glued to the back), put the string thru the hole, secure it, and tie a weight to the end of the string. Again, put the patch into the hole with glue on the extended ends of the paint sticks. Hold the patch in place by pulling on the string. Use another paint stick as a fulcrum, braced against the wall below the patch, with the string coming out from the patch, over the end of the stick, and with the weight hanging down below. Gravity will hold the patch till the glue dries. Cut the string off at the wall, patch the joints and paint.
It’s more clear with pictures. Email me if you’re interested and I’ll send you a Word document with a picture in it.