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Should I sand down the drywall or put more mud to even it out?

I would sand down the worst of the high spots and then get a nice wide (12" at least) taping knife and some light white mud and go over it ....may have to scrap or even sank a bit between coats ....
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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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How to mud painted wall to accommodate new lower baseboards

You'll want to use a lite topping mud or all purpose, not hot mud as it is hard to sand. I would use a 5" or 6" knife and go around the perimeter and fix areas as needed. If you have access ...
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Should I sand down the drywall or put more mud to even it out?

Paint doesn't sand well. It balls up and makes a worse mess of the wall. Coarse-grit paper will do the job, but then you need to skim to fix surface texture. If anything, scrape off any lumps with a ...
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Can I use a sprayer to flatten wall texture?

Don't know for sure what kind of texture you're dealing with but it sounds like what you're looking for is skim coating. There are sprayable high-build primers but that's more for a level-5 drywall ...
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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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Drag marks when feathering joint compound

Feathering and 6" knife are not exactly things that go together. 12" or 16" knife goes with feathering and 6" knife goes with getting a first coat over the tape. Which you let dry ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Should taping prefill overlap be removed before taping?

I assume you are prefilling because the gap is too wide. Say we start from that if it be the case, otherwise there would be no need to prefill. If you are prefilling due to large gap between two ...
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Should taping prefill overlap be removed before taping?

New mud will adhere to old mud. Just scrape off any excess to make the next coat smoother. I have done those two steps right after each other. Fill in the gaps, add a narrow skim coat, 3 or 4", ...
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Should I sand down the drywall or put more mud to even it out?

You are right. Your mudding skills need improvement and the right tools. It is all in the wrist. Start over by sanding the mud till it is perfectly flat. Sanding will create lots of dust so use vacuum ...
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Drywall Corner Order (inside/outside)

Yes, you can trim your corner bead paper. If you are going to do so, I would run your corner bead first and then tape over the top to help hold it all together. If you aren't trimming the corner bead ...
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Should I sand down the drywall or put more mud to even it out?

I'd sand it down to get it smoothed out then go over with one or two more coats. It's still some work, but it will come out better than if you just start adding more mud as-is. If you go over it as-is ...
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Can I use a sprayer to flatten wall texture?

Following up on the answer from @aquaticapetheory: I did watch the video a couple of times - before trying out the roller and knifing and then after. The initial experience results and thoughts: For ...
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Can I use a sprayer to flatten wall texture?

I agree with aquaticapetheory's answer and helpful tips, but you raise an intriguing point. Why not use a sprayer to initially apply skimming compound? I've done texture flattening with a trowel. It's ...
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Drywall Finish - Can an existing "Orange Peel" finish be upgraded or sanded to a "Smooth" finish?

If you are very good with large trowel, you can apply a thin layer of mud over it. Then gently sand it to make it perfectly flat. Alternatively just sand with 80 grid to remove the orange peel effect ...
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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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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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How do I fix a crooked inside corner drywall line?

Follow @isherwoods advice above, the only thing I would add is that it might help you if you used a small straight edge (18" or so) and use it to pencil mark out the bumps and hollows before ...
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