The House That Jack Built – Let the Mudding Begin

A collection of mudding hand tools

What does Halloween and mudding drywall have in common?

Horror stories.

Why would a novice attempt the storied nearly impossible?   First and foremost, hanging and mudding the drywall was the most expensive item on our construction estimate …..and we were on a budget.

Covering the drywall screws

So with a collection of borrowed tools, a reference book, and You Tube tutorials, I started.

Several hundred screws later, this is what I learned.  First, don’t overload the spatula with drywall compound.  Second, slide the spatula across the screw horizontally then vertically.  Don’t overwork the area, if you keep the spatula tight against the drywall two passes will do the job.

If a screw is not set deep enough to mud over, pick up the drill and set it a wee bit deeper taking care not to drive it to deep.

If you don’t get the putty thin enough or applied evenly, AFTER the putty is dry (leave it until the next day) a light pass with sandpaper will set it right


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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