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Posted by Henry in MI on October 8th, 1998 04:12 PM
In reply to drywall taping etc. by Paul on October 8th, 1998 03:05 PM [Go to top of thread]

Paul, hopefully when you put up your drywall, you noticed that the edges of the sheet were beveled. You should put the beveled edges where pieces butt together, if at all possible. Otherwise, when you mud and tape, you will end up with a bump as the tape and mud require some depth. You may have some joints where you will have to take other measures and you should do this on any edges that are not beveled. Take a Stanley Surform plane and put in the bevel. Your nails or screws should dimple the paper on the drywall so they are below the surface but not punch thru the paper. Next apply a light covering of mud at the joint. Cut a piece of tape as long as the joint then mash the tape into the joint with a 4" drywall knife. Cover any nail or screw holes with the mud now too. When this has dried, sand out any remaining bumps. Then apply a layer of mud over the joint and nail/screw holes with a 6" knife and be sure you have the mud across most of the width of the knife. When this has dried, sand smoother and repeat the process with an 8" knife, except the nail/screw holes should be OK by now, so do them only if you still have a visible defect. Prime and you are done with this part. The sanding is really messy and they have a screen for this part that is better than sandpaper. You will want to vacuum the whole area after each sanding.

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