I want to finish a wall that has a fireplace in it. I do not wish to use a
moulding on the sides where the wall will join the fireplace and wonder what
the best way to finish this would be. I was thinking of just spakling it
without tape. Anyone have any ideas on this.
On 29 Dec 2003 04:40:10 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Robwjm2) wrote:
You could use some drywall "end caps" on it. Or, you could tape it
and finish it as close to the fireplace as you can and then use
caulking. It will probably look rather poor if you don't use any
I assume that you just have a drywall edge "hanging" next to the brick
because of a fire code restriction that prohibits placing a (flammable)
stud next to the chimney.
If you are willing to expend the effort, a reasonable way to do this is
to place masking tape carefully on the brick and side wall and then
applying a thin (1/8 to 1/4 inch) bead of polyurethane caulk between the
brick and the drywall. You may need to place a backer rod in the gap of
the joint so that the caulk isn't too thick. (Carefully here means being
certain that the masking tape follows the surface into grout lines, etc.
so that the caulk can't wick under the masking tape.)
The reason for not wanting too thick a joint is so that it can stretch
as the house moves to preclude tearing.
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