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At one time acoustic ceilings were quite
fashionable in homes.  It was a way to cover
over horrible drywall jobs, or drywall that
could not hide poorly constructed ceilings.
Acoustic is now refered to as “popcorn” with
tremendous scorn and for very sound reasons.
Popcorn ceilings are difficult to paint,
impossible to clean, and they absorb hideous
odors like a sponge.  Acoustic can therefor
decrease the value of your home by thousands
of dollars.  In todays difficult market it can
make a house impossible to sell.

There is an extraordinary dilemma in how to
eliminate that popcorn with professional results.
Not only is it hard to remove, but the ceiling will
look hideous afterward. 

Popcorn ceilings should not only be removed by
professionals, but repaired by them as well.  The
sheetrock, over time, begins to loosen and sag. 
This is a disaster and will have to be tightened.
Left over mastic from the old acoustic texture
will have to be re-bonded with primer.  Once
repairs are made, the entire ceiling has to be
skimmed smooth with at least two coats of mud.
Finally the ceiling will need a new texture to
match the walls.

With all of this in mind, make certain you retain
a trustworthy professional drywaller to do the
job.

Acoustic or Popcorn.

 

Copyright 2010, by Glenn Raymond.

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Inside angles over ninety degrees can be difficult
to keep strait. This is generally due to uneven
framing. Just tape it like you normally would.
Once that mud dries, apply another thick coat
with a rounded rubber knife. Now you can run
mesh tape down the center and apply another
layer of joint compound. Feather the edges and
smooth out your mud. Allow this to dry
completely before moving on.

Copyright 2010, by Glenn Raymond.

     One of the most common mistakes made by
novice drywallers is the improper use of mesh
tape.  Mesh tape is excellent for a few things, like
patching up a job related injury.

     A salesperson will tell you mesh tape is the
way to go, don’t listen.  They’re just doing their
job, which is selling.  Never use mesh tape for
regular angles or along joints.

     I have fixed more problems from amateurs
applying mesh tape than I can count.  I am not
complaining, it is an excellent way to make
money.  Right now I am working on a job where
all the ceiling joints have hairline cracks due to
the use of mesh tape.

     Use the regular paper tape with the handy
fabricated crease down the middle.  Paper tape
is more durable and easier to repair should that
be needed, therefore saving the consumers
money.

Not for just anything!

 

Copyright 2010, by Glenn Raymond.

Never leave your notes where someone else may read them…..

     This is a matter of personal opinion based
on my 50 years of hands on experience.  That
old nemesis of mine, known as spackling may
have some type of legitimate uses, but not
necessarily in drywall repairs.

     The best way to patch small holes in your
drywall is with basic drywall compound (mud).
This magic compound can be purchased at most
major home repair suppliers and lumberyards.
Remeber, when it is pre-mixed, it still needs to
have a little water added and then mixed again
to remove all the lumps.  Mud shrinks as it dries,
so you may need to apply 2 or 3 layers, alowing
it to dry between each coat.

     There are also fast setting powdered products
you mix with water.  These work very well, but
set up quickly.  You will want to wash your tools
and hands right away.  Once it sets up, it is a bit
tricky to remove.

     Spackling simply does not give professional
results, and you don’t want to devalue your
home.  Working with mud will be far more
rewarding in the end.