Take the 2-minute tour ×
Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I hung drywall horizontally in my bedroom and hired a company to mud and tape it so that I could prime and paint. As you know, drywall sheets are recessed along the edges in order to hold drywall compound. Well, they did not mud along the bottoms of any of the walls where the drywall sheets recess. Shouldn't they have even so much as applied a sloppy layer of mud to fill the recess so that my base moulding would have something flat to be attached to? Otherwise, when I go to put on the base moulding, it's going to dip inward.

Here's a picture of a corner in my room where the bottoms are entirely unfinished. It seems like the bevelled edges along the bottoms of these sheets should have been filled in to provide a flat, vertically level surface to hold moulding.

enter image description here

share|improve this question
2  
How much space was left between the bottom of the drywall and the floor? –  The Evil Greebo Jan 10 '13 at 20:49
    
They mudded the vertical seams all the way to the bottom, right? You're talking about a horizontal length of mud along the bottom? –  Steven Jan 10 '13 at 20:51
3  
This is common practice. You mud drywall - drywall seams. But not drywall-floor. Seeing as YOU hung the drywall, if the gap is too large, it's your fault. However, seeing as it's going to be covered, you could plug some too-large gaps with thin strips of scrap. –  Chris Cudmore Jan 10 '13 at 21:11
3  
This is also a good space to run Ethernet if you forgot to do that while the walls were open. –  Jay Bazuzi Jan 16 '13 at 22:17
1  
That's a really good idea for speaker wire. While that 1/4" gap at the bottom will be filled with acoustical caulk, there may be room at the widest part of the bevel for speaker wire, although I think it will be too narrow for ethernet. –  oscilatingcretin Jan 17 '13 at 11:39
show 2 more comments

1 Answer

up vote 11 down vote accepted

Typically, drywall sheets hung horizontally are hung with the upper full sheet first against the ceiling, cut bottom sheet last. This is so you will have an indent at the top to tape and mud. Unless your wall is exactly 8 feet tall, the cut of the bottom sheet is at the floor, thus no indent. Even if you have an indent at the very bottom against the floor, it is only about 2 inches wide. Common baseboard is 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches wide and will bridge this indent and is nailed mid and high. We have never put mud on the very bottom of a sheet, even it the indent is there. I suppose if your baseboard is very narrow, you may have to ask the mudders to fill that area, but that is very uncommon and would be a special request.

share|improve this answer
    
As a test, put your piece of molding along the unfinished bottom. As Shirlock says, typically the bottom is the cut end, even if it isn't cut, I don't think you will notice the indent. I've never mudded the bottom, indent or not. –  Jon Raynor Jan 11 '13 at 2:39
    
As a professional, upon encountering non-ordinary surface such as the one in question, whether before taking a job, or during working on it, would you not inquiry the customer if there is anything special that needs to be done? –  theUg Jan 17 '13 at 6:03
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.