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lets say, you cut a piece of drywall but you need to adjust one side just a tiny bit (for sake of arguement lets say 1/4" or less)
what ways do you "trim" it down?

do you use a drywall planer or do you use a utility knife and just shave it down and keep fitting it up as you go
or do you do something else?
 

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try to not cut it so tight. a small crack is better than forcing it in
 

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I usually take the knife and slice a bevel cut from the back--then another from the front and a third to remove the peak of gypsum---then a quick cleanup with the rasp---

to much removal with the rasp and you end up with a bunch of paper shreds that need cleaning up with the knife---
 

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oh'mike thats exactly what i do. i dont always my rasp with me. i normally dry fit a piece with my knife still in my hand/ handy so its quicker that way
 

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Sometimes, I'll screw in the sheet with the mismatched cut overlapping the next sheet---then run my roto-zip along the seam to remove the excess.
 

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It takes a different technique to cut out a section of only 1/4" - I think it's explained in Myron Ferguson's book. If not there, maybe finehomebuilding.com. Bottom line, a quarter inch is a lot to be rasping so I'd prefer to cut.
 

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Any one know the best wall scanner for mesh wire plaster?
Thanks
If you are looking for a stud finder that can read through plaster and mesh? You are not going to find one--sorry---look for nails in the base moldings or drill holes and hope to hit a stud----
 
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