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Old 11-29-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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hi, this is my first post, and my husband is doing the work. We had our basement walls all torn down and drywalled (took two times, cause the first guy we hired was a nut and did everything wrong so we had to do a tear down and hire another guy, my husband is doing the finishing) anyways there are a few spots where the walls are bowed and my hubby put on the trim and they were forgivable, we could caulk them, but where the 5 stairs are going into the basement, the last bit of trim for the basement, the walls are very bowed and he put on the trim, and it looks very wonky, and not something he can live with, any suggestions??? i will post a few pictures, thanks very much!!!

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Doesn't look to me like the drywall is really the problem. The studs behind the drywall aren't right.

There are people here with 100x more knowledge then me, but I'm not sure of any way to correct this problem short of (at least) shimming the studs and getting an even surface for the drywall.
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yeah, this area by the stairs wasn't redone, thats how it was when we bought the house in march, its just very frustrating when we spent the time and money on redoing the basement and trying to finish up and find the walls as bowed as they are, hopefully someone can help!!
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Looks to me like you may need to pull off the base and 'skim coat' the wall.
Use progressively longer trowels to add mud to the 'hollow'. No telling how many coats you might need.
You may need to source out a plaster's 'darby' to reach across 2 or 3 stud spaces.
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If it were me I'd either leave it alone or fix it with "skim coats." The stairs will make the effort a lot more challenging. Since you will be using a lot of mud: get the sandable "setting type" joint compound. It is a powder and a bit harder to mix than the stuff in 5 gal buckets, but it sets up fast which will be a huge advantage when building a fairly thick coat.

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