Simple Hall Way redo. #1: Day 1. Demo and reinforcing the banged up corners.

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-09-2012 02:11 AM 5501 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not a pro. That’s going to be easy to see. The only thing is that I have been redoing my entire house from the inside out. My next big budget buy is the wood floor for the living room. Can’t do it yet. Might as well take on a cheaper project.

Nasty paint, old carpet, can lights, banged up corners.

I don’t want to paint it the same color as the living room but both the hall and living room share a wall.

I have plans for that.

I ended up ripping out the carpet and the base boards today. I checked the floor level. It’s good and that’s a relief. However, I have a crack. It’s about a 1/16” that’s runs across the hall. The ceiling is cracked in approximately the same place. The house has been leveled. Do I need to worry about that crack before I lay down the tile?

There are two wall corners that have been pretty beaten up over the years. I went ahead and shaved the corners down to the sheet rock then put in those aluminum corners. At first I put some mesh tape over the aluminum then I decided against it. I already mudded up the corners.

Did I do the wrong thing here? Is there a better way? Let me know please because there are more corners that need a little reinforcing.

My wife got tired of the noise so that’s where I quit.

Thanks for looking and for your help!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-17-2012 01:01 AM

Did you screw or nail the corner bead? Glad you pulled off the mesh tape. Looking good.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-17-2012 03:20 AM


I screwed them in. Is that how I should do it in the future? Thanks for the confirmation on the mesh tape.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-19-2012 06:07 PM

Screwing or nailing is fine, but watch the screws that you don’t set them too far or they will twist and kink the bead as they pull in. I normally nail all my bead after I set them with a clincher, but in the future I am going to try the No-Coat corners. They are bedded in compound and leave a smoother corner. They don’t roll out at the corners as metal bead does and much more resistant to dings and dents.

Ditto on the mesh tape. Never use mesh tape on drywall except maybe to patch a hole. I’ve repaired more tape jobs with mesh than I care to count.

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posted 07-19-2012 10:29 PM

Well how about that? I find the paper tape a whole lot easier to float anyway. I’ll be happy to forget mesh tape for the rest of my life. I just thought it was what I was supposed to use. I was always happy to float some new drywall because I knew I could use the paper tape.

I have two more corners to redo. I’ll get the no coat corners.

Thanks for the advice sir!

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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