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Filling Drywall Screw Depressions

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QUESTION: Have you  heard of anyone using tape to cover a row of drywall screws and then use the taping method you described on your website? Or is it best to apply mud without tape?

ANSWER: For screws, do the following:

1.  Make sure the screws are set slightly below the surface.  Run the taping knife over the screw - if it does not touch any part of the screw, it is OK.

2.  Place a small amount of mud over the screw, and use a taping knife to scrape off all mud except for what is filling the depression.

3. After this dries, scrape off any mud sticking up before applying more so you have a level surface.  You will notice that the mud will shrink in a bit.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 a few times until the mud no longer shrinks in.  Try to scrape well after each coat.  You shouldn't have to sand much at all when done.

I usually fill screw holes with the mud left after taping the joints.

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