Originally Posted by LCangler
One more question, which shows my ignorance a bit about mudding. If you tape and then put 2 coats of mud, how to you get things flush with the surrounding wall without a huge bulge down each seam? Are you saying to mud the whole wall or just down the seams where I put the tape?
I was talking about just the seams. Taping and mudding is a fine art but since your going to wallpaper over it, it will be a little forgiving. A book or video is a good place to start so take Marie's advise here and re nail as Deacon has mentioned.
It would not cost that much to have a taper come in and do that part for you if your uncomfortable with doing this. I have also found trying to explain how to do this on paper without at least pictures is rather difficult to understand if doing this for the first time so a good book or video is a great idea. The whole idea here is to create a joint by appling at least 2 coats over the tape each one a couple of inches wider on each side This creates a suddle curve not a abrupt one that becomes less noticeable on each coat.
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