I am trying to patch this drywall cutout.

I secured drywall piece with furring strips and applied first coat of joint compound. I am struggling with hiding these brown fibers from drywall paper.

It keeps coming up when I try to apply mud with my drywall knife.

Am I doing it wrong ?

drywall joint

  • Those fiber appear to be on the edge of your cut piece of drywall. Are you not using drywall tape? Dec 20, 2020 at 19:20
  • No tape and scraping too hard.
    – Ecnerwal
    Dec 21, 2020 at 3:03

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Am I doing it wrong ?

Yes, there is no tape over the seam.

When two pieces of drywall meet it necessary to cover the seam with tape and mud, not just mud. If you do not tape it then the mud will crack eventually. There is paper tape and fiberglass mesh tape.

The paper requires that you to put down a layer of mud and then press the paper tape into it and flatten it out with your drywall knife.

The fiberglass has a stick back to it, you stick in place and then apply mud over it.

You then let that first coat dry and then you need to add mud and feather it out and away on both sides of the seam. It uses a lot more mud then you may think as you have to feather it out quite a ways to make the raised seam blend in with the wall.

This is but-joint, there are many tutorials on YouTube on how to mud and tape joints and how to mud but-joints .

YouTube search for "How to mud and tape a drywall patch"

YouTube search for "How to mud and tape a but-joint"

  • Industry guidance is that paper tape is stronger if using drying compound (the usual premixed stuff in a bucket) and mesh tape is better if using setting type compound (hot mud, powder you mix with water that sets up in 5-120 minutes depending on which speed of setting the bag you buy is.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Dec 21, 2020 at 3:01

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