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Topic by boboswin posted 12-10-2009 06:25 PM 29639 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2009 06:25 PM

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I’m preparing to finish my basement and have in the past run drywall sheeting viertical and taped the joints.
I was thinking for running these ones horizontal but I am concerned with how to finish the butt ends.
Can any of you folks offer any suggestions.
I don’t want to have cracks or bumps when I’m finished.


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12-11-2009 01:24 AM

It’s done the same way except you just have to feather out both sides farther to avoid seeing the bump between the butt ends. I prefer the fiberglass tape over the paper tape in order to eliminate bubbles that can get trapped under the tape, and give a stronger joint.

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12-14-2009 12:40 PM

you want to run it horizontally and stager you seams… Butt seams – I use paper tape, it’s allot stronger. Put mud on your seam, lay in the tape, one little trick to eliminate the bubbles is add a little water to your mud and soak your tape in water for a few minutes works every time…... ok back to it, put a top coat on with your 6” knife, next day use a 10” knife and coat both sides of you seam keeping pressure on the outside to give it a feather, next use a 12 or 14” knife do the same, next day sand….. remember it can not be as flat as your walls, there has to be a small gradual ridge at the seam. you are blending it into the wall. My butt seams are almost 3 ft wide and I hate doing them but they look great, well you don’t really see them and thats the point. I other thing that makes nice and easy butt seams is laying out your drywall right. I always try to put the seams over a door or over/under a window….this makes them smaller and break them up…...hope this helps I hang and finish most all of my own drywall.

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12-21-2009 10:25 PM

Now there’s someone who knows how to drywall. Nice post! Another little trick that we use is to put a little dish soap in the mud then mix it with a power mixer for about five minutes. It slides off the knife soo slick, and thin we never need to sand flat joints until the end. I agree with you on the paper tape too I tried the mesh stuff and hated it. It seems like it would be a shortcut, but it just created headaches for me.

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12-26-2009 12:02 PM

ah thee old dish soap trick…man I forgot to add that one :-) I use that on my last coat when I use the drywall mud fro the home depot, USG brand I think green lid, goes on smoooooth and really helps with the little pin hole ,air bubbles….. a drywall friend of mine said that he uses a mud brand called Ruco is a great product and cost the same and really help on the finish coat with the pin holes….you can get it from most any drywall suppler. I’m using it on the house I’m doing now, about 255 sheets…...

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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01-10-2012 03:19 AM

I’m replacing cut drywall from a water intrusion. Any special notes for seaming a butt end with a factory edge?

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01-10-2012 09:54 PM

Do the same as above. Use paper tape as described above, only way to keep it strong. You have to feather the edges, as you will be out farther in the center.

I usually only have to sand the last skim coat and then go over it with a sponge, slightly damp, to remove the dust. Once it is dry, I prime to see if there is anything I have to go back over, (Usually I don’t), but skim coats are easy to deal with once you have it mudded.

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