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ceiling not perfectly level after patching hole

Old 05-20-16, 03:01 PM
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ceiling not perfectly level after patching hole

Due to water damage, I had to cut a small hole in the ceiling and then patch it up. I've patched it and now I'm on the step of applying joint compound. After the first coat, it looks ok and it's smooth after I sanded it. But dry wall is not level with the rest of the ceiling. If I keep sanding until it is, I think I'm going to remove so much compound that I'll expose the joint tape. Any ideas how to solve this Catch-22? Or is that just the way it is and do you think it will not be noticeable after I paint?

Thanks in advance.
Old 05-20-16, 03:05 PM
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One coat of joint compound isn't enough. The second & third coats should be wider so that it's "feathered in". Then you won't see the bump.
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How big was the hole and ho large of an area is now covered with feathered mud.
Example, a 12" diameter hole would end up with feathered mud to about 3' in diameter or larger and that is with being very careful not to apply too much mud over the tape.

Take a 4 or 6' straight piece of woor or a level and hold it across the patch or from the center of the patch out 4' and judge how much needs to be pilled to make a smooth taper to the existing ceiling.

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You might need to sand off some of the j/c if you applied it too thick but don't sand enough to get into the tape. As noted above you need to feather the repair out further. How far can be determined by using a straightedge as Bud instructed.

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