drywall finishing in the kitchen

Old 10-16-12, 02:53 PM
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drywall finishing in the kitchen

When replacing the drywall in a kitchen remodel, is it common to mud/tape all joints/screws, or just the areas that won't be covered by cabinets? Is there an advantage to finishing the whole thing, rather than just the portions that won't be covered?
Old 10-16-12, 03:08 PM
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I would suggest at least one coat of mud and tape to air seal that area of the wall especially the top, since the cabinets aren't sealed in place. If there are drops above the cabinets, then they need to be closed off from the wall path behind. Air tightness is a big issue with energy efficiency. But, I don't think you need the final two coats, finish and paint behind the cabinets.

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IMO it's a good idea to tape and mud the screws like Bud suggested. Make sure you run your finish mud far enough behind the cabinets so you don't have any hump and especially when you hang the cabinets you don't find you short changed the finishing. I like to prime it all.... but then I am a painter

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