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Hello, so I replaced all the old aluminum-frame windows in my house recently. to do so, I had to cut about 1/2-inch (in some cases more) of drywall away from the frames (see pics). Any thoughts on how to repair these cuts? Should I just fill them with mud and caulk the seam where the mud meets the window? My father-in-law recommended filling the larger gaps with pieces of drywall (not sure how I'd secure them...). Thanks for any help!
 

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Whole lot easyer and come out looking better to just remove it and replace those pieces.
Second best would be to get rid of the loose paper and use what's called hot mud.
It comes in a bag and has to be mixed with water.
You can get 30, 60, and 90 min. hardning times.
If you use it I would use a 4" knife to fill in the gap and one wide enough to come all the way out to the outside corner to smooth it out.
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Thanks joecaption! I'll look into the hot mud, but now that you mention it, the drywall around a few of these windows is cracked and damaged...I might just replace it...that said, I'm pretty sure the corners have metal corner beads. Do you know of a good/easy way to remove those? I can just see this whole thing spreading out from the window as I go...
 

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Your going to think I'm joking but just take a hammer and and tap it down along the outside corner. The compound will just crack and fall off exposing the metal bead so you can pry out the old nails.

No chance you want to consider just going over the old dry wall with wood instead and add some casing?
 

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That makes sense, thanks! As for the wood casing, it was a thought, but the wife shot it down...
 

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When I get stuck doing drywall returns like that I try to get the customer let be use rounded corners instead of square.
Makes a huge differace in the finished look. It softens the whole opening is the best way I can describe it.
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Adding a stool like this one in the picture gives her a place to set Christmas candle, some plants or knick nacks.
 

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Not to hijack a thread, but to add more information to it:

Any rule of thumb when to use wood in this area and when to use drywall, or the tradeoffs?

I am just about to the point where I have to do this in our basement, but while out on a Parade of Homes tour over the weekend, i noticed more than a few that had drywall inside and just wood at the bottom with trim as Joe had in the pic in his last post.

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I've seen a ton of water stained drywall returns on the bottom from condinsation.
 

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What's that product got to do with finishing out the outside corners?
 

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What's that product got to do with finishing out the outside corners?
the OP made no mention of outside corners, nor do pictures indicate problems there

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"Thanks joecaption! I'll look into the hot mud, but now that you mention it, the drywall around a few of these windows is cracked and damaged...I might just replace it...that said, I'm pretty sure the corners have metal corner beads. Do you know of a good/easy way to remove those? I can just see this whole thing spreading out from the window as I go... "

Sure sounded like they were asking about the outside corners to me.
 

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it's not Vinyl J channel. it's Vinyl L bead with a rip away strip, it staples in tight to window, after finishing out to corner, you pull the rip bead out for nice smooth line against window frame. a tiny bead of caulk cleans it up nice against window or could use a paper tape on L bead
 

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it's not Vinyl J channel. it's Vinyl L bead with a rip away strip, it staples in tight to window, after finishing out to corner, you pull the rip bead out for nice smooth line against window frame. a tiny bead of caulk cleans it up nice against window or could use a paper tape on L bead
Exactly what I was going to recommend tear away bead. The tear away part keeps the mud from where you don't want it. Then when mud is dry tear the strip off and you have a nice straight line. Also a great product for anytime drywall meets another surface such as brick or stone. Lets you mud the edge of the drywall without getting mud on the brick, whice is a beatch to remove.
 
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