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Old 12-04-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Should I put another drywall layer on?


Bought a house. The drywall taping looks terrible. Not to mention the surface is looking pretty shabby.

The ceiling board ends in the middle between beams, so the tape job there is looking crappy because the sheets don't meet on a beam.

Question: can (or should) I just put new over the old and have 2 layers? Orrrr...should I cut back to the beams and scab new pieces where needed?

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Old 12-04-2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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That depends..

Is the old drywall secured tightly? Is it flush, no bumps or anything sticking up over the surface? If so, I don't see any problem with simply hanging new drywall over the old

I'd cut out any old taping that might impede a clean, tight fit but hanging new over the old would probably be the quickest route to take for an overall clean look, but if it's not that much area, cutting out & fitting a few new pieces in might be the way to go

Just figure out how much work one way vs the other will be & that should tell you


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Old 12-06-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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just rip out the old...whether you rip it out or go over top of it, either way you still have to tape and finish the new.

scabbing in new pieces means a lot of butt joints. How good are you with taping butt joints?
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just rip out the old...whether you rip it out or go over top of it, either way you still have to tape and finish the new.

scabbing in new pieces means a lot of butt joints. How good are you with taping butt joints?
Good point. I would probably have more butts than if I re-rocked. Now I just have to convince the "better 1/2" to let me do it
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