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Any ideas on making this flush?

  • Is it "out of flush" equally, from bottom to top; and how much "out of flush" is it? What is the material there, wood or plaster or plaster board or what? Perhaps an additional photo, close-up showing the offset from the side... – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 28 at 10:54
  • is the drywall and wood(I assume it's wood) flush and you want to fill the gap or are you asking how to make the wood flush with the drywall?' – depperm Aug 28 at 12:29
  • Please revise to describe your problem in more detail. Don't leave us guessing about what's not flush and what materials we're talking about. – isherwood Aug 28 at 12:44
  • To me it looks like there was a pice of trim there , I would just replace that. Long skinny strips of Sheetrock would be a waste of time that looks like less than 1/2 a sheet if I did not use trim I would remove the entire piece and cut a piece to fit correctly. Possibly a pice of inside corner bead attached to the wood and taped. – Ed Beal Aug 28 at 14:16
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    Flush joints are often problematic, especially on stairs. There's always movement, and drywall joints crack. Just getting everything flat and aligned is a chore. – isherwood Aug 28 at 14:32
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There are 3 options to fill the gap:

  1. Assuming you want to fill the gap with new drywall of even width you first want to make the cut even. So find the widest section and then open a compass to that measurement. Attach a pencil and run one edge against the top edge/wood and the bottom pencil will mark a parallel line on the drywall. Use a utility knife to score and cut the drywall along the line (oscillating saw can also work, easier but dustier). Cut a piece of drywall the width of the compass and place in the gap and screw into the currently exposed wood and fill small gaps with plaster/putty.

  2. Or if you don't want to take more away and you are fine with using more putty measure the minimum width and cut some drywall. Position in place and cover leftover gaps with putty.

  3. To get an exact match, but requiring extra work and lots of time/precision/frustration, you can lay painters tap on the top piece flush to the edge. Then open a compass to the widest of the gap and trace the edge on the tape (the other following the drywall edge). Once done, comes the tricky part, transfer the tape to the drywall. This can by done by measuring the bottom gap width, measuring from the edge of the drywall, over the tap to the bottom marking and taping the portion down. Then using a t-square press the rest of the tape down (or measure from the edge of the drywall to the tape and make sure that it doesn't change). Cut along the line and attach. It will be a really tight fit and may need additional trimming. Putty any gaps, of which there shouldn't be many.

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Sand and paint.

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