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Taping drywall seams

Craft Room, How-To

This weekend, we puttered around yet again with the craft room and closet. Skim coating drywall is B-O-R-I-N-G. I hate waiting for one coat to dry just so we can go put another thin-as-can-be coat on it. Good technique means very little sanding. That’s the only reason I haven’t gone beserk yet.

The only interesting (exciting being a relative term here) things worth mentioning are:

1. The closet drywall is finally done! And walls are primed, so crap will be moved in very soon.

2. The craft room ceiling seams got taped

Slingin' mud

The ceiling seams were wonky, since we went over the old ceiling and didn’t drop down and level it out at all. We didn’t want to lose the height (it’s a low ceiling already) and figured a little funkiness was ok in a room whose sole purpose is to hold craft supplies and laundry. We used a steel-reinforced corner bead tape called “Sure Corner” on the outer walls. It’s available at Lowe’s (and probably Home Depot) for about $12 per 100ft roll.

This is what the back side (wall-facing) of the tape looks like before you crease it:
Seam tape, metal reinforced

The box it came in, so you know what to look for when you’re shopping:
Seam tape, steel rienforced

This is the first time we’ve used Sure Corner in our house, and I was pretty impressed. It made closing the gaps an easier process. We still prefilled the big gaps with bondo first (dries quicker, keeps the tape from sinking in!), but this made nice clean lines on top of that. Having the seams taped makes the ceiling look about 300 times better, so I can’t wait to see the final product. No more flaking popcorn texture!

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

merideth had this to say on 03.26.07:

don’t you love bondo? that stuff is good for everything. I wouldn’t have thought of it with drywall though. Thanks for the tip!

psioni had this to say on 03.26.07:

Just out of curiosity, how do you cut that stuff? Isn’t the steel reinforcement a little resistant to cutting?

Jocelyn had this to say on 03.26.07:

We used a similar product with good results. I know taping is kind of montonous, but when done right looks soooo much better! Lucky you have a good taper in the house :)

donutboy had this to say on 03.26.07:

Ohhhh those were the days! (Actually we just ended our taping and mud a few weeks back.

If you are not going to be using a porter cable drywall sander to sand your seams, you might want to think about using a 5 inch random orbital sander attached to your shop vac. This was a time saver for the big mud seams and areas. Sure you might burn it up but time is money right?

amanda had this to say on 03.26.07:

We used that stuff for the ceilings and inside corners in the nursery and it works great! We were really impressed. We decided to try it on a couple of really bad outside corners, just as an experiment and it works just as well there. The craft room looks great!

Mindy had this to say on 03.27.07:

Yes, drywall is boring but it does make a huge difference… that’s what I keep reminding myself!

Donutboy – we don’t use any type of electric sander, we always do it by hand nowadays but that’s because we don’t need much sanding now that Teague’s technique has improved :) So much less mess than when we first started, I can’t even explain the difference!

Psioni – we used the same set of snippers we use to cut electrical wire. The metal isn’t too thick, but it was a little tough to cut through. Tin snips would probably work really well.

Klemens had this to say on 05.19.07:

O, super project. Yes!
so hold.

Ian had this to say on 03.06.11:

That was helpful. Thanks a lot!

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