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06-27-07, 09:21 AM   #1  
HELP! Drywall isn't flush

I'm a new homeowner and am attempting my first home improvement project. I removed a metal clothing hamper from my bathroom. The metal supporting structure would not budge and that posed a whole other set of problems that I was able to get past. My issue is that the drywall is not flush. Part of it is flush with the wall and the rest is recessed. I really do not want to start over and my only thought was to spackle it to death to make it even. Are there any other suggestions??? Thanks!!!

 
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06-27-07, 11:18 AM   #2  
I'm having trouble understanding your situation.

How large of a space is this that the drywall is not supported? Can you take pics and post them to a photobucket.com type site and link the pics here?

From the sounds of it, you need to add a brace.

 
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06-27-07, 04:59 PM   #3  
As long as the drywall is secured to the wall it is no biggie for it to be recessed a little. Ideally you would have shimmed it out a little but filling it in is no big deal. I prefer to use a setting compound to fill with because it doesn't crack and shrink like regular j/c will when applied heavily but you can use j/c. It may take several coats, just give it plenty of time to dry, don't worry about any cracks in the first coat of mud - they can be filled with the next coat.

Once the repair piece is close to level, tape and finish as you normally would.

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06-28-07, 06:10 AM   #4  
Oh, it's secure! Is there a certain brand of setting compound you'd recommend? I've been using DAP. I didn't realize it wasn't flush until I started throwing the spackle on and then that threw me off even more. Part of it is flush and then I think to make it even might be half and inch...is that okay?

Thanks for the tips!

 
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06-28-07, 08:57 AM   #5  
If this is the only repair you need to make I wouldn't buy any setting compound [I use durabond] You would be buying way more than you need. Just apply multiple coats of mud [let dry inbetween coats]. Regular joint compound will crack if it is applied too thick but it shouldn't hurt anything.
Be sure to use a wide enough knife to feather it out eliminating any dips. Also a sanding pole [or even sandpaper wrapped around a block of wood] will help you to sand it evenly.


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