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REPAIRING CORNER BEADS


Corner beads are the angled metal strips that are applied to the outside corners of drywall walls. Once they are covered with joint compound during the wall finishing process, they blend in and look like the rest of the drywall. They are used to protect outside corners from the damage that is inevitable when a corner juts out into the room. They work most of the time, but they arenít indestructible. If they are struck hard enough, the bead will bend the joint com pound will crack and fall out, and youíll be con fronted with a repair that is more involved than you might expect. To fix one, follow these steps.

 

1. Begin the repair by cutting away the damaged joint compound with a sharp utility knife. Then use a hacksaw to cut through the distorted corner bead. Pull out any nails that are holding this section to the corner, and remove the damaged bead.

 

2. Measure the length of the bead that was removed, and cut a new piece to match using tin snips. Test fit the new bead, and trim it if needed.

3. Attach the new bead to the corner using drywall screws. Your goal is to create a smooth seam between the existing beads and the patch. The smoother these transitions are, the better the repair will be.

4. Use a 4-in, taping knife to spread joint compound over the corner bead. Run the knife against the drywall on one side and the edge of the corner bead on the other.

 

 

 

 

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