How Do I Repair Cracks in the Drywall Seams?

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The seam is the point at which two drywall boards meet. Repair cracks in the drywall seams with help from a construction professional with over 25 years of experience in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, owner and president of Source Development, a company located in Garnerville, New York. Today, we'll be discussing how to repair drywall seams. So, I've duplicated a seam that you would normally find on two wall boards. I'm simulating what you would find in a normal home. Two pieces of wall board with butt factory joints in the middle. There would be compound under a piece of tape that overlaps it. What happens very frequently is that the tape, either during expansion and contraction, ends up getting creased, or separating from the drywall. So, what you'd have to do is cut out a section of the tape. Once you've made the cuts, you'd want to remove the tape. So, you know, you'd pick at it, remove the section of tape. And again, this is a simulation, so I'm not going to--it's not exactly what you would find. To repair it, you'd apply drywall compound. I'm going to be applying it along the two butt joints. So, you'd want to apply a liberal amount of compound to the drywall so that you'd get a perfect application coat behind it as you adhered the tape to it. So, you adhere the tape over the compound, and then run your knife across it, a drywall knife. So, I'm going to accelerate the process. Ordinarily, you'd wait till it dries, and apply one or two finished coats of compound. And that's how you repair drywall seams. This is Nicholas Iarocci, the home source guy, owner of Source Development, a home improvement company in Garnerville, New York.

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