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Old 08-21-2009, 11:38 PM   #1
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Minor mess-up, but to make a long story short, what kind of gap is acceptable between two pieces of sheetrock. Two of my tapered edges are about 1/4" apart. Will tape/hotmud be ok in there or do I need to recut my sheet?

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Alan,
Habitat for Humanity say 1/4" is OK

See section "8. Quality Checkpoints"
http://www.habitatstl.org/constructi...anual/drywall/



also, Note the maximum gap between drywall and an electrical box is 1/8"
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Alan,

The acceptable gap is that which you or your taper can or are willing to fill. On gaps that are excesive those will simply get prefilled if need be. If you are a DIYer with little experience and the widest gap is only 1/4" then you are doing outstanding. I have rocked residentially and commedrcially and 1/4" is pretty good even amongst some of the guys that are "professionals".

Also, if the gaps get too excessive in the future you will just simply have to prfill the day prior or with hot mud and then go on with taping. The acceptable gap around outlet boxes is very accurate at 1/8" but there again if a miscut happens the offending gap can be filled. Drywall is not finish carpentry by any means but excessive sloppiness is not an acceptable practice either.

Good job on the drywalling and keep up the good work!
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Also after looking at the link that Pali Bob provided my guess is that the reason HFH has set a 1/4" gap tolerance is because that is the general oblligation that they use for the tapers that they hire. The taping of these houses many times is actually hired out to professional tapers and if the tapers find excessive gaps they will charge extra for prefilling etc. I have also drywalled HFH houses and let me tell you the gaps inside of these houses are a lot of times more than a 1/4" because the drywall is done by volunteers.
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I like use a half &half combo in a prefill stage onany so so joints !before it sets up completely (sheetrock &reg mud )i carefully scrape it smooth before adding my papertape app....straight mud will shrink a little but i think is acceptable..I like that I get some tightness from the sheeetrock expansion when it dries in there & its good & tough........touche !..any prefilling makes a better job !
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I've taped much larger gaps than 1/4". I wouldn't tape anything wider without prefill though...

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