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cracks at the joint

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08-20-06, 05:25 PM   #1  
cracks at the joint

When I put up the drywall in my workshop, I put it up horizontaly instead of vertically. Now I have splits between the two butt ends. I was told by a friend that I could bevel this split with a knife and apply drywall mud in it.
My question is, Should I tape this after mudding. And will this split keep coming back because of the way I installed the drywall

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08-20-06, 07:35 PM   #2  
You will need to tape this seam. Whether you should bevel with a knife, I'm not sure. If you expose the gypsum by doing so, you can cause some problems with the gypsum and joint compound interacting. I'm sure marksr, prowallguy or slickshift will be along shortly to better answer that part of the question.

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08-21-06, 05:09 AM   #3  
All exposed drywall joints must be taped. Common procedure on butt joints is to tape them and finish them out about 10"-15" on each side.

Any big cracks should be prefilled with j/c - let dry before taping.

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