When re-opening walls for plumbing, electrical changes I elected to remove whole drywall panels, when replacing these with new panels should I present a tapered edge to the previously finished edge? Or does it now count as a "butt edge" and should I cut the drywall for a butt-to-butt edge?

I'm reading that it's more difficult to finish a taper-to-butt seam.

In one case the paper tape came up easily, should I do elsewhere?

I'll be hiring a taper/mudder to re-finish these seams.

  • Is “mudder” a plasterer?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 17:15
  • I'll be hiring a taper/mudder to re-finish these seams. Maybe ask that person which seam style they prefer to work with?
    – dwizum
    Commented Jul 8, 2019 at 15:11

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Finishing a taper to butt seam is no more difficult than any other seam. Don't worry about it. (Especially if you've got a pro doing it.)

Any paper that lifts should be removed.

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