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acme54321 06-14-2010 09:07 PM

Gap between new drywall and ceiling
I just built a new closet and am hanging drywall for the first time. Everything went OK but I have about a 1/2" gap between the top edge of the drywall and the ceiling and I am wondering what is the best way to fill that gap? Can I just fill with compound to about the edge of the drywall, then tape, then do normal finishing steps?

Any help is appreciated :thumbsup:

jlhaslip 06-14-2010 09:10 PM


DrunkNinja 06-14-2010 10:32 PM

Use Drywall Compound
Just fill it with compound , overfill i should say than sand it flush with the drywall than start taping. Its referred by tapers as prefill and most pros will use confill its drys a lot harder than regular compound and hardly losses any volume while drying i wouldn't suggest using this regular compound should be fine

acme54321 06-15-2010 08:23 AM

Thanks guys, sounds easy enough!

slickgt1 06-17-2010 09:00 AM

I would add plaster of paris to the compound. Makes it stronger and shrinks less.

Darien 06-17-2010 10:32 AM

Did you think about putting up some molding? Would be easier then just filling it in and it will look nicer too! :thumbsup:

bjbatlanta 06-19-2010 08:48 AM

Your drywall should have butted to the ceiling. Top sheet is hung first and the bottom is raised off the floor to to butt to the top sheet. The gap is left at the floor. This is more critical on a concrete slab or where water might be an issue (kitchen, bath, etc.) as moisture can "wick" up into the drywall and become a mold issue. If you're confident this will not be an problem, I'd recommend pre-filling with setting type compound prior to taping.

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