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I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is the best practice in terms of taping/mudding the seem that is right up against the cabinet base/top (see pic). Should I add horizontal 2x4s for support behind the drywall?
 

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If you are going to tile the backsplash you can skip the flat tape.
It's always best to have a nailer or some sort of backer at the seam - especially if the drywall is expected to give.
 

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I don't think the tape provides much in the way of strength; if you're worried about the drywall moving from the weight of tile, put in some cribbing across just below the cabinets, flush with the studs, and screw the drywall to it. Otherwise, I don't see the need for tape there, as it will be covered with tile and caulk.
 
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