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How to smooth old very textured drywall

There’s one room in my house that has textured walls that isn't uniform; they just slapped a bunch of joint compound all over the room and did nothing to smooth it out. The paint on top was chipped ...
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Can a painted wall be resurfaced with mud to remove texture without flaking

Can a painted wall be resurfaced with mud to remove texture without flaking down the road? Has anyone had this done successfully? I have textured walls and want to make them flat. Contractor states ...
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Will drywall mud bond to oil-based primer?

Will drywall mud bond to oil primer? We just removed a recessed ironing board from a wall in the kitchen. The surrounding walls have oil paint, and we want to prime that surrounding area before ...
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How to mud over areas where old trim was?

I have a small alcove in an old house. It had wood trim that been painted over like 10 times, as well as the walls. I removed the wood trim and am considering the next step. Would it be feasible to ...
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How can I repair this drywall joint before taping the seam?

Long story short, a contractor did a poor job of taping all the seems on my living room ceiling. They used mesh tape and every seem cracked within the first 6 months. I've removed the mesh tape and ...
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Can I level a floor with joint compound?

I am working on a house that has been lifted 7 feet in the air. What it looks like is that they leveled the out side perimeter but when they put the post in the middle of the house they didn't check ...
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Drag marks when feathering joint compound

When I try to feather joint compound around the edges of my room I get what appear to be lines every half inch or so that seems to be drag marks. I'm using a clean 6" knife on the first coat, all ...
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Need to fix drywall - ceiling speaker mounts not flush

New construction home, builder allowed me to install ceiling speaker mounts prior to drywalling. I returned after drywall was installed, and because the mounts didn’t allow the drywall to sit flush, ...
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Closing a gap in a thick wall with drywall

I'm trying to close a gap in the wall with drywall. Since the wall is so thick (25cm) it's too expensive to fill it all up with insulation. In addition, there are no 25cm metal studs I can easily buy....
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How to fix ceiling/wall joint after popcorn texture removal

Removed the popcorn, and the joints are in bad shape now. Guessing from the mud residue when it was scraped. enter image description here
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Smoothing out a painted cinder block wall [closed]

The basement walls of my recently-built cabin were constructed of cinder blocks which were then painted by the builder. The mortar joints were not done neatly, and the wall is quite rough and uneven. ...
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Should I use durabond compound (20 or 45 minutes) to patch drywall large holes?

I have a few drywall holes that I need to repair, ranging in size from approximately 1 inch to 2 inches. I also intend to re-screw in the same locations. My question is: Since Durabond compound ...
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Adjustable Receptacle Box - Drywall Bulging

I’m new to all things drywall. I’m using adjustable boxes for electrical switches and outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen where the finish will be tile. I’m getting a bulge where the mounting bracket ...
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mud/paint wearing off

This is a follow up question to meshed tape exposed on sanding One year after the above job was completed (apply mud and sanding and painting), I see this happening. The mud/paint which was applied is ...
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What is the proper way fill a void in drywall finish along a shower?

I found that the masking tape was embedded in the mud between skim coat and original texture when I removed it. What is the best way to fix this? Can I use caulking on the smaller parts and skim the ...
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Fix settlement crack between ceiling and wall

I’m fixing up around our house and am tackling this issue. I have a solid crack where my wall, kitchen ceiling, and angled living room ceiling all meet. Looks like someone last used a whole lot of ...
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Is drywall "mud" a reasonable fire-retardant coating for foam?

My child's basement walls have been sprayed with foam insulation. The home inspector says it is highly flammable (some web sites call it solid gasoline) and must be covered with fire retardant paint ($...
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Are small(ish) internal fractures at seams of drywall something to be concerned about?

I'm framing a door and putting up new drywall, and I was wondering whether small internal cracks at the seams are an issue. I'm not sure if I'm referring to them correctly, if not let me know. For ...
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I used 45 minute medium set. Can I use drywall mud to “finish” it?

I used a 45 minute medium compound instead of drywall mud. I realized my mistake and have tried to scrape it off. It now looks terrible. Can I now used the drywall mud to smooth it out?
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What are these marks in my skim coat and how do I deal with them?

I've been trying to skim coat a room in my house using all-purpose mud (the green lid) that I have watered down. The tools I've tried to put the mud on are a roller then using a 12" taping knife ...
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Drywall Finish - Can an existing "Orange Peel" finish be upgraded or sanded to a "Smooth" finish?

Context: Renovating my house and would like all walls to have a "Smooth" finish. Questions: Is it possible to sand or mud the orange peel to create a smooth surface? Should paint be removed ...
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Joint compound or spackle? [closed]

Not sure which of the two I should be using to fix these chips/damages. Which one is better to use on something like this ?
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How to determine if drywall crack is from old tape

I'm trying to determine if this crack, recently painted over, is from a bad drywall tape job. The house is old (built 1959) and the crack seems to have occurred along the border of ceiling drywall ...
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How can I fix my poor drywall mudding?

So... this was my first attempt at drywalling and I realized a little too late (after painted the first coat of paint/primer) that I did a very poor job. I'd like to correct this issue and want to ...
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How could I repair this drywall crack that is next to the tub so that this won’t happen again? [closed]

I want to repair this so it doesn’t happen again, how would I do that?
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Should I prime old exposed plaster before repairing it?

Paint peeled in a few areas I'm assuming from bad prep many years back, and no primer. Should I go ahead and sand/prime these areas before mudding and repairing? The exposed plaster is super slick and ...
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Priming a spackled drywall hole

I have filled a hole in my wall with joint compound. The hole is about 3 or 4 inches wide, and part of the drywall had ripped out. I had to fill it twice, with a lot of sanding because i just couldn’t ...
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Which is the best way to cut holes in drywall to run/fish new electrical wires (Romex) behind walls? [closed]

I need to decide which is the best way to cut holes into drywall to run new Romex wire down and across a wall(s) (between studs). There are many ways, but I have narrowed it to three options: cut a ...
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What's the REAL purpose of paper tape on drywall? [duplicate]

I've seen many arguments use this tape use this joint-compound do this do that. So from what I can tell with my very limited experience it would appear that tape just helps prolong the life of what is ...
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Help restoring old wood beam please!

I am in the process of trying to uncover an original beam in my 120 year old home. The beam appears to have been painted (possibly twice), then covered in drywall mud, then painted again. It's tested ...
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Skim-coating LVL beam

I have an LVL beam which I would like to skim-coat with drywall mud. My drywall guy is unsure whether that will be a durable solution and is recommending 1/4" drywall. What's the general ...
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How can I tell whether a brand of drywall mud is lightweight?

Even though the label on this product says it's "conventional weight", is it considered to be lightweight?
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What is the name of the tool that the guy in this video is using to level up the mud on ceiling?

What is the name of the tool that the guy in this video is using to straighten up the ceiling? https://youtu.be/YuUoZZ6v6MU?t=528 He is even indicating the name but I don't understand what he is ...
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Water spots on drywall [duplicate]

I have water and mildew damage on my ceiling. The ceiling is drywall. What’s the best method of repair for this situation?
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Is it possible to change right angle corners to round corner beads?

We have 90 degree angle corners everywhere. After removing the cheap white plastic corner protectors the corners show damage. Rather than patching it with drywall mud to an exact right angles, can I ...
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How to smooth out uneven drywall?

I'm working to refinish a room and found that the wall underneath a window juts out, likely from a new window installation by the previous owner. I want to make it smooth before painting; what’s the ...
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Did my painter do a bad job making the ceiling flat after removing popcorn ceiling?

I recently found a painter and got my popcorn ceiling removed. That ceiling is 70s concrete, so painter has to fill it with plaster instead of scraping popcorn texture off. After the job done, he skim ...
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How to texture match this 1987 drywall ceiling?

Home was built in Houston metro area in 1987. I replaced drywall in ceiling and haven't seen any examples of this specific ceiling texture. Other homes in the neighborhood also have it. I need to ...
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Sequence of Insulation (attic) and drywall finishing

My question is about what is typical / expected on new construction. I have done a lot of remodels (over a dozen) in my life but this is my first 100%, new construction. Contractor is insisting we ...
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Should you tape drywall with EasySand?

I've heard mixed reviews about bucket mud (All Purpose, Plus3), so I thought I'd look at bags. However, there is no bagged All Purpose at any big box near me, so I am left with EasySand 45/90. Since ...
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Is this substance drywall joint compound?

I need to get a sample of some drywall joint compound for asbestos testing in a house I'm renovating. I pulled away some of the base boards in the corner and found something that I believe to be joint ...
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How to hide angle between two uneven drywall panels

What is the best way to hide the joint between two drywall sheets (the framing is off on old house). Should I try and create a smooth rounded surface with drywall compound by building up both sides of ...
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Fitting sheetrock(plasterboard) to a ceiling, to be taped and skimmed. Should the joints be tightly butted, or leave a gap, of what size? [duplicate]

I'm fitting square edge 1/2" sheetrock to a ceiling. I've not been able to find any best practice for how this should be fitted. When the plasterer comes to skim it, some mud will squish through ...
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How to repair corner joints in window drywall returns

I am doing some minor drywall repairs throughout my home and am uncertain how to properly finish the inside corners of the drywall returns. After 45 years in quake country, these joints are cracked in ...
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meshed tape exposed on sanding

Newbie here trying to DIY somethings around the house. I am following these steps to cover/fix a ceiling hole: Put sheetrock, apply mesh tape , apply mud, sanding and painting. When I am sanding down ...
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Where do you cut drywall if you need to remove it but still want to easily put it back up?

I want to pull a section of drywall down, but then put it back up again later. I'm having a hard time deciding where to cut. I think ideally, I could cut exactly down the center of a stud so that I ...
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Too Much Mud Leveling over New Drywall?

I framed a new wall over an existing wall to get a nice, rectangular recessed area for a projector screen in my basement. Here’s the wall prior to spackling: The old wall (back wall of recessed area) ...
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Fast set joint compound taking DAYS to dry?

This seems very unusual. Fast set joint compound, in my experience, will even set (on the inside anyway) under water, as my buckets have proven. Yet I needed a hearty amount to plug a deep hole, and ...
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Should I replace old drywall in closet before I tape? [closed]

I am in currently in the process of finishing my master closet. Whoever started this project (one of the previous owners as the house is 70 years old) drywalled roughly 2/3rds of the walls/ceiling and ...
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Adding more water for longer working time for 5 minute joint compound?

Ideally one would use the joint compound with the desired setting time, together with the recommended amount of water for mixing. However, a few times I added more water when mixing products like ...
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