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HOW TO FIX CRACKS IN DRYWALL   PAGE 1 OF 3

 

I want this crack to be complete in 3 trips so I'm  going to be using "Hot Mud"

(I'll explain as we go)

I'll show you step by step what I feel is the best way fix cracks

STEP 1

Clean Out Crack: This crack has been haunting the home owners for about 6 years. If you look close you can tell, I'm not the 1st guy to mess with it (I will be the last) I'm going to fix it permanent. The 1st thing you want to do is take a utility knife and cut a groove on each side of the crack. Get all that loose crud out of there.

 

After you cut a nice groove and cleaned the crack out it should look like the picture below.

 

WAIT A SEC, WHY DO CRACKS KEEP COMING BACK?

This is very important: The reason cracks always come back is because there is movement where the crack is. That's why the crack is there in the 1st place. What you have to do is tighten the area up so the joint is not floppin' around.

If you take your hand and push on each side of the crack, you will see and feel movement.

 

 

STEP 2

Take a hammer and some nails and re-nail the bad area on each side of the crack. Make sure you hit solid wood. You can use screws if you'd like.

 

Now the crack is all tightened up, no movement at all.

 

 

STEP 3

Apply Tape: I do this for a living so in order to make money, I have to go fast.. I am going to be using mesh tape and "Hot Mud" for the 1st coat.

If you're scared of the hot mud, you can use regular all purpose joint compound and paper drywall tape. To learn about how to tape with regular mud and paper tape go here How to hand tape  If you do use regular mud along with paper tape you must wait 24 hours before you can 1st coat, then another 24 hours before you can 2nd coat.

If you decide to use the mesh tape, make sure to use hot mud. If you need to know more about different types of mud (joint compound) click here All about Joint Compound

Stick on the mesh tape, you can see by the pictures how to apply the tape.

 

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