Drywall Repair


Old 01-19-06, 06:34 PM
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Drywall Repair

I boarded up a doorway and used an all purpose joint compound to cover the seams. The compound dried very hard maiking it difficult to sand. I sanded down a different area on a ceiling that a previous owner patched and it sanded down very easily. Obviously two different products. In short, I think I probably used a product that may not have been ideal for the repair. Before I jump into my second coat, can someone offer some suggestions on choosing a compound that is easier to work with and sand for a first time dry wall repair do it yourselfer?

Also, which size putty knives are the best to have on hand for drywall repairs?
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Old 01-19-06, 07:51 PM
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You're right. All purpose dries very hard and sticks very well. All purpose is generally used to bed tape. All other fill coats are done with light weight. I would have a five, and ten inch knife on hand. You can do a lot with those two.
Old 01-20-06, 02:44 AM
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Ditto on the knives. If I was only buying two, that is what they would be.

What grit sandpaper did you use? I use 150 grit. If you used Durabond or something like it, you may want to knock it down using 100 grit, coat using a lightweight mud, and finish with 150 (some people use 200).

Either way, the roller texture is going to be bigger than the texture of 150 paper.

I hope this helps.
Old 01-20-06, 05:30 AM
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Thank you very much.

I was using the mesh sanding sheets Medium and Fine for drywall. I beleive one was 150 and one was 220.

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