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I'm not sure I understand the problem. That corner is beautiful compared to most. Corner bead isn't normally screwed, though, for the reason you've encountered--screws pull way to hard and cause deformation. Use drywall nails (gently) or narrow-crown staples (like for underlayment). Be sure to keep the bead above the plane of the wall. In the photo, the top ...


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Get some cardboard drywall shims. They are sold at the big box stores and can be trimmed in either direction to fit your application. You could also try trimming off 1/4" from the whole length of the corner bead.


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I have roughed up the surface with red scotch brite pad or by sanding (scotch brite doesn’t make as big a mess). Then wipe with a damp rag to remove the loose particles after that the mud will stick I have done this hundreds if not thousands of times on my own home and remodels, rewires where I had to patch holes used to drill and pull wire. + Jimmie fix it ...


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