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QUESTION: I'm going to embark on my first drywall job in a room that was framed in by the previous homeowner. The studs in the walls aren't all flush. All the insulation and wiring is up already so I don't want to rip them down and start over. Any tips on how to fix this so I don't have a wavy wall?

ANSWER: Probably the easiest way to get the walls flush would be to shim the low spots out with 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch thick hardboard. The "hardboard" is a very inexpensive dark brown board you get at home stores in 4-by-8 sheets - just don't use any type of board, wood, or shim that might split on you down the line and fall off.  You could also plane off high spots.  Get the surface level - it doesn't matter what it looks like since it will be covered.  Let me know how the drywall taping job goes - I am hoping my site provides the needed directions!

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