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Finishing drywall seams (Page 4)


INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CORNERS

 

Standard procedure is to use paper tape where the walls form an inside corner and metal guard on corners that protrude into the room. The rationale is simple. You probably won’t bang into drywall recessed behind chairs and tables but may well collide with a corner that sticks into living space. To set tape, smooth on an embedding coat, fold the tape down the center, and smooth it onto the com pound with a taping knife.  

Cut a length of tape to fit, and crease it down the middle.

 

Set and smooth the tape into an embedding coat of compound.

 

A metal corner guard reinforces the corner and provides a divider so that you can easily add com pound on each side. You can set the guard in plumb position and nail through both flanges. On large projects, consider renting a clincher. Frequently used by contractors, this L-shaped tool automatically positions the guard and clinches small parts of the metal strip into the drywall when you hit the tool with a mallet.  

Plumb the metal corner guard before nailing it home.

 

Use the metal bead of the guard to guide your knife on each side.

 

CURVES

 
Almost every cut in drywall is a straight line. But some houses have a few curves example, over an arched pass-through. You can make these cuts in two ways. One is to measure the opening carefully, find the center of the arch on the sheet, and use a string and pencil to swing an arc. The other approach is to cut the panel in place. This is more reliable and often easier if you use a drywall saw because you can use the arch itself as a cutting guide. Drywall suppliers also offer special trim pieces to cover the cut edges of curves.
 
 

 

 

 

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