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Filling In Gaps Between Sheets of Drywall

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QUESTION: I have gaps where one sheet of drywall meets another ranging from 1/16" up to a quarter of an inch. Should I fill them before taping?

ANSWER: You should fill the gaps wider than 1/8" with sandable spackle or joint compound before taping, taking care to only fill the gap and not get the compound on the surface. Sandable spackle is preferable because it shrinks less and dries quicker. If you use joint compound, simply give it the extra time to dry and go over with another coat to fill the shrinkage. When done filling, knock off any bumps with the edge of your taping knife so that your surface is level when you tape.

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