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Old 04-02-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Drywall Repair Help

I have recently had my home re-piped with PEX due to an unfortunate leak I had, I have been repairing all the holes in my drywall myself. Half the holes (which are roughly 30 holes, ranging about 12"x12") are resulting in ripples in the paper tape I am using. I started the application with a layer of mud, then I would apply the paper tape (dry) over the mud. I would smooth it out and apply another thin layer of mud over the tape and let it sit for 24 hours. When I would come back the next day, some of the holes were fine and some of the holes had ripples in the tape. I re-taped some of the sides but sprayed the tape with a water bottle before applying it a second time with new tape. Doing it that way I got a little better results but still had a few ripples in some of the tape.

What am I doing wrong? Am I not getting the tape wet enough? I'm using pre-mixed compound straight out of the bucket... does my compound need to be diluted or thinned out a little bit? Any suggestions from a pro would help.



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For the first coat,do as you were but,one you put the tape on the mud go over the tape with your knife at a 45 angle then again closer to 90 all the while applying more and more pressure.
You want to push as much mud as you can out from behind the tape.


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Do not apply another coat of mud over wet tape. Tape must be thoroughly dry before a second coat is applied, especially if there are any gaps in the drywall. If you're in a hurry and trying to save a step, Tape with a setting type compound (45 or 90 min.) and come back in a couple of hours with your second coat....
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