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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?

There is a link in the video for Tyzack Plasterers Spatulas. I've also heard them called "skimming blades" in the US.
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What should I do with leftover mud?

Do not leave mud in a pan. If it's premixed mud, just put it back in the bucket, put the lid back on, then clean your tools. If it's powdered setting type from a bag, throw the used mud in the bin, ...
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Should I buy dry compound mix and mix my own? Pros/Cons

My "drywall guy" (and the pros on construction sites) uses all pre-mixed compound in buckets. Green lid for applying tape, blue lid for top coats and spotting screws. He did say you can get 20 ...
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What should I do with leftover mud?

Pull your knives out of it and cover it with Saran Wrap (plastic cling wrap) right down on the mud (no air) and it will be fine when you get back. Note- this works for premix drywall mud, I don't ...
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Is unpainted drywall with mud/joint compound dangerous to be around?

At best, breathing drywall or drywall compound (mud) dust can irritate your respiratory system and is best avoided. One problem is that it is very fine and if you sand it much, you need to use ...
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How to join seams between hardiebacker and drywall in a corner?

Don't worry as much about the drywall mud. As you said, fibatape #4. Do that first. For #3, set your bead in drywall mud. Then, finish the drywall side in drywall mud and the upper side above the ...
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Can I apply joint compound over drywall primed with PVA?

You can absolutely mud over cured primer. (Or cured finish paint, for that matter.) Use all purpose mud (not a setting compound) and scuff the primer gently with 120 grit.
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Skim coating textured walls

I've done this on one room- taking a knock-down texture and skim coating it to make it smooth. The downside is that you then are able to see every wave, bump, and bobble that the drywall installers ...
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mud keeps drying and crumbling as i spread it on wall

If this is for a small home project stop with trying to mix drywall compound yourself and purchase the premixed material in the plastic bucket.
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

The whole wall doesn't need a skim coat. That patch just needs touch-up spackle, sanded correctly. The picture does a good job highlighting what you failed to do: bevel any divots or ridges with a ...
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

Do not sand or scuff up anything. Apply a coat of primer over the whole thing and allow to completely dry. Use setting type 90, light weight joint compound, in small batches, to smooth out the ...
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Should I buy dry compound mix and mix my own? Pros/Cons

I would agree with @ArchonOSX if you were a pro. Someone who uses it for a living will use a 5 gallon bucket of joint compound fast enough to prevent storage issues. I have always had issues storing ...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

Sand them flat (or even slightly dished). Apply joint tape to any cracks (my personal preference is mesh, though you'll find lots of opinions). Apply all purpose joint compound in numerous thin coats. ...
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paper (tape) showing after sanding

If you are sanding the paper tape, you definitely need more mud. So put on more mud. Removing it would not really help, it would just make more of a mess you have to mud over. I suggest 3-4", 6-8" ...
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What should I do with leftover mud?

The plaster dries or sets due to a chemical reaction, trying to "revive" it by adding more water leads to lumps as you say. The only thing I find is when I am close to an enforced break then I make ...
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How do I fix a crooked inside corner drywall line?

No need to mess with the tape job. It's just a matter of filling the depressions on each wall that create that wiggle. The easiest way is to completely repair one wall, then the other. It can get ...
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How to use hopper gun to apply drywall mud to walls in rental mobile home

Texture isn't terribly hard, but there's a few things to note. Last question first: texture isn't going to hide much in the way of damaged drywall unless you really lard it on. Fix the drywall first....
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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?

Found it using image search https://www.amazon.ca/Quickskim-Semi-Flexible-Plastering-Rule/dp/B06ZZGSNVH Plaster Skimming Blade
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How to mud over a convex ridge in a wall?

You just feather it out really wide. You'll get these at end butt joints, for one thing - the edges have the tapered area for taping, the ends don't, so the tape ends up higher - you just work the ...
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How do I fix a crooked inside corner drywall line?

To get a straight line as a beginner you could use a paper faced inside corner bead which is available even at the big box stores. After applying a 4" wide strip of mud on both sides of the ...
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What should I do with leftover mud?

"It takes a lot of time and paper towels to get the mud out of the pan and give the pan a rough scrub." Don't worry about thoroughly cleaning it. Just fill it with water and whatever is left stuck ...
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Replacing drywall panels: butt or tapered edge?

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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Used the wrong screws for sheetrock and screw marks are too visible. Any suggestions?

It's hard to give advice that will result in a good solution without knowing the type of screw you used. And in addition to the type, whether or not they were set correctly (with the face of the screw ...
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Drywall mud differences for taping, or gaps?

Fill large gaps with Joint Compound. Fill small seam crevices with Joint Compound and apply Seam Tape with joint Compound. Keep Joint Compound below finish "grade" because it is difficult to sand. ...
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mud keeps drying and crumbling as i spread it on wall

From a diy'er who has made a mess of a lot of walls by trial and error, here is a hint. A cream consistency of 'mud' works for pros who mix and move the stuff fast with a lot of experience and a deft ...
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What should I do about walls that are shiny and dull at same time?

A picture would help but...what you are describing sounds like flashing to me. This is when the sheen of the paint is not consistent (it has nothing to do with the physical even-ness of the surface). ...
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Why little holes/dots when I apply joint compound?

I have always had air bubble problems when patching over a painted surface. They occur in each succeeding coat, but a little less. I have found that sanding the first coat and then wiping thoroughly ...
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

You need to get a wire brush and scratch the hell out of your wall in the bad area and a little outside of it. Add mud to flatten area. Let it dry. Scrape any high areas (with mud knife). Add a ...
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How can I repair a poor drywall taping job?

Ugh. The paint is just going to make what should be pretty easy rather more difficult. Even your drywall pros sand stuff - they just waste far less time than amateurs trying to get the mud perfect (...
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