Butt boards

Old 04-24-20, 05:17 AM
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Butt boards

The drywall guys hung drywall, taped and 3 coat mudded my entire house in 4 days. All that's left is final sanding.

They used a technique that I had never heard of when dealing with butt joints. They nailed butt boards (under width 2X4s) between studs and landed the drywall joint on the butt boards instead of on a stud. When they screwed the drywall to the butt boards it pulled the drywall in slightly making a tapered edge.
Anyone else done drywall this way?
Old 04-24-20, 05:23 AM
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While I've never hung drywall that way [other than repairs] there are some that routinely do so. They claim it makes for nicer seams. I don't know if that method is any better but I doubt there is anything wrong with.
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It sounds like you've got some good sub contractors working on your house. That's the only way I've heard of getting butt joints smooth. The edges of the sheets come with a taper so there's room for the tape & mud and still come out flush but butt joints don't have the taper.
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That's a good way to do butt joints, takes a little more time but works well. Just did this on one long wall on a bathroom remodel I'm on since the butt joint would be right behind the vanity and around the plumbing penetrations.

It's not a new technique, just not used by many.
Old 04-24-20, 07:31 AM
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When I visited the house before they taped it I thought the job was kind of sloppy. After taping and mudding I was really impressed by the job they did.

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