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Old 01-22-2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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How far below the ceiling does this joint get finished? 2", 3", 4" ? I'm asking because we just drywalled my daughter's basement ceiling, and there's only about 1.5" between the top of door trim and bottom of soffit ceiling. If I pop off the top door trim, there would be about 4" I think. I assume I MUST take the casing off? Thanks.

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How far below the ceiling does this joint get finished? 2", 3", 4" ? I'm asking because we just drywalled my daughter's basement ceiling, and there's only about 1.5" between the top of door trim and bottom of soffit ceiling. If I pop off the top door trim, there would be about 4" I think. I assume I MUST take the casing off? Thanks.
Yes, you want to remove all door and window casings. The purpose of the trim is to cover the gap where the drywall meets the door/window jam. Baseboard is to cover the gap between the bottom of the drywall and the floor.

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So how much room will the finisher need to do the seam where the ceiling meets the top of wall?
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So how much room will the finisher need to do the seam where the ceiling meets the top of wall?
As much as you can give him. If you only have 4 inches then that will have to do. 2" and go around casing is not fun.
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As much as you can give him. If you only have 4 inches then that will have to do. 2" and go around casing is not fun.
Thanks. Is it OK to use spackle on the screw holes of new drywall? My daughter's are trying to find a finisher, but in the meantime I thought about doing the screw holes at least.
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screws are generally covered at least twice. use at least a 4" knife. wipe clean and sanding will be minimal, if at all. if you hit any with the knife, screw 'em in more.
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screws are generally covered at least twice. use at least a 4" knife. wipe clean and sanding will be minimal, if at all. if you hit any with the knife, screw 'em in more.
Thanks. So spackle will be OK then?
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regular sheetrock mud. same stuff that goes around the tape.
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regular sheetrock mud. same stuff that goes around the tape.
I was asking if spackle(lightweight vinyl) was OK because it dries quickly, and I can do both coats tomorrow. They live 45 minutes away.
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oh. never used spackle, but if you mud the nail holes in the a.m, they should be dry in a few hours. that assumes your humidity is not extreme and it is fairly warm in the room; comfortable. screw holes are generally very shallow.
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NO no spackle, do not use spackle, no spackle will not work.
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Thanks. Neither regular nor lightweight spackle will work for the screw heads?
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That is correct.
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Is the because the holes are too wide?
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Is the because the holes are too wide?

Basically. Spackle is really only useful on small holes and gouges. The lightweight stuff is brittle when it dries, and tends to crack/ fall out when over applied.
Technically, a heavier vinyl spackle might be OK for just the nails BUT if you are going to have a finisher come in later they likely won't appreciate it being used. Having mud of different hardness/ texture on one wall can be a real pain.

Vinyl spackle is usually difficult to sand also.

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