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 Drywall/sheetrock help needed. 
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Bathroom project still going on. Finished with all the demo and most of the prep work. I have 2 very small areas that I need help with mud finish. Pierce County Summit-Midland area.

One area is where I installed the metal corner beads, and for the life of me I can't get the area between them level and smooth. It's a small spot, roughly 7" by 42". Most all other areas are going to be tiled over, so no need for finish grade mud work. Very small area also where I had to patch the ceiling, but I think the texturing should hide it as is, but welcome to fix that too if interested.

Such a small area I doubt I'd be able to get someone out to even look at it so I'm looking for help here. There is someone mentioned here on the boards recently that is OK with very small jobs, but for the life of me I can't remember who it is. Any help out there?

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Tue May 07, 2019 4:37 pm
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Real Name: Randall Knapp
Most likely the problem you are having is do to either your lack of putty knife technique or the knives themselves. You simply can not go down to most hardware stores and find knifes suitable for drywall work. Mine are from the 1950s


Wed May 08, 2019 9:57 pm
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Pictures will help.


Thu May 09, 2019 8:16 am
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Randall, maybe part of the issue, using tools I picked up at Lowes. I can't believe such a small area is causing such a headache, maybe much ado about nothing :frust:

Ryan, if I can't get it figured out I'll post a pic. It's trying to even up the low spot between the beads that's causing me grief. If it helps create a visual, if I lay a level/straight edge across the beads, there is about a 1/16th to just under 1/8th inch low spot.

I went over the areas with a damp sponge, which helped a lot. Ceiling is looking OK, texture will be the final tell but at this point looks like it should be fine.

As for the 7" x 42" column/partial wall, still has low spots so I guess its just a matter of laying on thin layers until it evens up? There will still be a low area between the beads which I don't think I'll be able to totally even out since they are so close together, about 7", it's really hard to even out unless I lay a bunch of mud in the middle, which I really don't want to do. The wall I had replaced had the same metal corner beads, and it had the same issue, the beads angled out slightly from the wall surface, and that was done by the builder/contractors.

edit: Added a skim coat, much closer. I think one light sanding and final skim coat should do it. I had one low corner on the ceiling patch that the primer revealed I evened up too. Almost there!


Thu May 09, 2019 12:48 pm
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Skim coat, sand, skim coat, sand...etc. Sand out wide around the repair for better blending using a can of texture. The texture hides most indiscretions. Takes a little practice.

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Thu May 09, 2019 4:29 pm
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I’m no expert, but an extra wide putty knife while applying the skim coat helps keep it level with the surface. From recent attempts on my own, a flexible putty knife can help drive it into the shallow spots. Below are what I’ve used, but my drywall job was hidden behind cabinets and it wasn’t a mission critical job.

Like the previous poster mentioned, apply, sand, apply, sand, repeat ad nauseam, until finished. The pink DAP spackling can help with indicating when you can reapply due to the color change.

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Thu May 09, 2019 5:07 pm
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you really need mud knives wider than that. That six inch knife is really a taping knife.

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Thu May 09, 2019 5:26 pm
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I've been using a 6" to apply the tape, then a 12" to level it panel to panel.

As mentioned, the texture on ceiling should be good to go to hide small imperfections. The column is non textured, hence why I have to achieve a smooth finish. I expect it will be finished today, I'm pretty darned close.


Fri May 10, 2019 8:22 am
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