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Drywall Patching New to Old

When you have done your demo, and put up your new drywall, you will encounter old work and your new work.
This photo is a 2fer. Here we have new to old and a common accident among first timers. Drywall is heavy, large and takes getting used to. The center shows where the drywall edge was damaged by dropping the sheet at some point prior to hanging. I cut out the damaged area, because it is loose and will bubble if you do not attend to it now. Using mesh tape is especially important here so we can fill the voids. Notice that my mesh tape is installed on the horizontal flats first, and the vertical mesh for the transition is second.
Patching drywall with mesh tape

This photo shows where we have mudded and embedded our horizontal tape. We will cover the vertical mesh when we use paper tape for the inside corner.
Horizontal seams with a second coat of mud

Here is the finished product. This was the doorway we eliminated to make this walk in closet.
Taped and mudded patch area.

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