05:54PM | 01/22/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
I just hung drywall on my basement ceiling. I posted this question in the paint/plaster section but I am getting no responses there. Hope I get one here.

My question revolves around taping and mudding the joints. 1) In one spot, where two cut ends meet, there is a slight hump, only noticeable when you lay the knife on top of it. Can I tape and mud over this, or will I have to cut new sheets or even score out a little from each side? 2) The other joint has a slight 1/4" gap in the middle of an imperfect score. Can this me taped and mudded over?


09:34PM | 01/22/03
Both can be handled with mud and tape. You didn't say how you planed on finishing the surface, is it going to be smooth or textured. If you want to leave it smooth then you will need at least a 10" putty knife to feather out the joint. If you texture it then you can go a little shorter on the knife.
The second part of your question, go look at a new house just after they hang the dry wall, a 1/4" gap is a tight fit to a pro. The joint will just take a little longer to dry on the first coat.

doug seibert

06:12AM | 01/23/03
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
Just to add to the good advice above......

At the end joints......just use your hammer to easy any high spots along the joint......Now DON'T bang the board so hard that you break the paper all up......but you can minimize the hump with a little subtle hand/hammer work...............


10:32AM | 01/23/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
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Thanks a lot! I'll try the subtle hammer trick.

As far as texturing goes, I'd love the smooth look, but I have neither the patience, nor the skill to trowel on a thin layer of compond over my entire ceiling. I think we'll go for texture, but we will use the roll-on texture paint. I'll go with a subtle texture for the walls and ceiling.

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