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Old 02-14-2008, 12:34 PM   #1
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I am remodeling a bathroom (installing walk in shower, replacing cabinets, etc..). I am replacing all of the drywall for two walls. I haven't actually removed the all the drywall yet as I have a question about the wall/ceiling interface. If I remove all the drywall up to the ceiling, I'm assuming the old taping between the ceiling and wall will come off. In this case, I may have to retape and refinish part of the ceiling as well. To get around this problem, I thought I would remove the drywall on the walls up to about 6" inches from the ceiling. This way, I won't have to mess up the ceiling and only need to worry about the finishing the walls. Does this sound OK or would it be better to just remove all the drywall from the walls and redo the ceiling/wall tape and then refinish the ceiling as well? Hope this makes sense.

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Yes...sounds fine...

Other option is to cut the corner at the top (wall meets ceiling) using a sharp utility knife.
Then you would do what is called "Flat tape" the new wall (coat the wall only) up to, but not on...the ceilings. When done, you would sand the taped area and fill the corner with a line of caulking.
We've done this hundreds of times with zero issues.

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Using your method, what would be the point of taping at the top of the wall?

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Yes...sounds fine...

Other option is to cut the corner at the top (wall meets ceiling) using a sharp utility knife.
Then you would do what is called "Flat tape" the new wall (coat the wall only) up to, but not on...the ceilings. When done, you would sand the taped area and fill the corner with a line of caulking.
We've done this hundreds of times with zero issues.
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You could always cut the tape at the corner, tape only the new joint and then install crown moulding to cover tape.
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Using your method, what would be the point of taping at the top of the wall?
It allows you to get a nice finished tight edge to the ceiling. You will want that since the ceiling to wall edge wont be pretty, once you remove your existing walls.

Other issue, is that if you install a standard sheet of sheetrock, that top edge has a factory tape to it, which you will want to fill in.
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