If you'ev ever seen the commerical with the guy going around trying to
kick himself you have an idea as to what I am doing now!
I totally screwed up my drywall joints. I put on way too much compound
for the first coat - ugh, wtf was i thinking - anyway, it's so bad I'm
contemplating tearing it all out and starting over. I can sand the bad
areas down, but like I said it's a really really pathetic job - I'll
be sanding for a long time. The other option is to sand it down to
something acceptable and then tile over it.
What would you do?
Thanks and please ignoe the "kick me" sign affixed to my back.
Is it a matter of looks or is the mud too high? If the mud is too
high only you can decide how to proceed. Belt sander, remove
drywall and start over, hire someone else all come to mind as
Assume that you bedded the tape and wiped the edges down. You did
Install another coat of compound with the next wider knife.
Concentrate on wiping the edges in, feather them to nothing. Do
not worry about the center. Lightly sand, again concentrate on
edges. Skim with a wide knife, slightly wetter mud, and plenty of
pressure. Watch the edges, the center will take of itself.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
if the mud is too high, rather than sanding and creating all the dust, try a
bucket of watter and a large sponge. Rinse it frequently as you wipe down
the highest spots. Try to avoid soaking the surroundinf dryawall paper too
I concur with this. The water will soften the joint compound and you will
be able to remove the excess high spots while smoothing overall at the same
time. Rinse the sponge in the bucket of water frequently. There won't be
any dust and you won't have to start over. Use a big sponge and make sure
it is not too wet.
First- go get yourself [at the very least] a dust-free sanding kit
from the local borg. They are about $30 & hook to your shop vac.
[If you don't already have one, pick up a good one while you're there]
The sanders have a screen that goes over a shop vac attachment and
they take off a lot of drywall in a relative hurry-- with no mess.
Or rent a Porter-Cable 7800 Drywall Sander for a few hours. They
retail for $4-700 so you should be able to rent one for $50 or so.
Quick work and *no* mess.
Then begin again, only with really thin coats this time.
As other have posted sanding is the best option if the tape is bedded low
enough in the mud. I will point out that if the high point of the mud is no
more than 1/8" above the wallboard you can just sand the high spots and add
more mud in thin feathered coats. If you really screwed this up and have
gobs of mud consider using a wallpaper shaver or sharp scraper to scrape off
the bulk of the mud before you start sanding. A little bit of mud makes a
lot of dust.
Based on your suggestions I did the following....
First, I tried to wet sand. It would have taken me hours to get it all
fixed so then I put on the respirator, googles, and hat and grabed the
sander and vac. It took me about three hours to get it to a reasonable
state. Then I went back to wet sanding. It's a lot better now - not as
good as it would have been if I did it right the first time.
Thank again everyone and happy holidays!
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