How to Mud Drywall (dry wall) with joint Compound. It is Easier than You Think.
How to Repair a Drywall Ceiling, Mud Drywall
Bud Spofford, Housecalls Home Services
these types of repairs it is essential to have the right tools, proper brushes and a
knowledge of how to apply texture.

A ceiling repair should blend in and not be obvious.  At times there may be a
texture or a pattern that is unusual and may not be an exact match but 99% of the
time if done properly it will  never be noticed.

We begin with the ceiling at the left. Though it is not too easy to see the left side of
the ceiling has a patch attempted by others. The picture below is a close up of the
area. The cracks and stains are clearly visible.

STEP 1.
It must be determined if the source of the water damage has been repaired. If so,
the first step is to apply a coat of stain sealer. Water stains, as in many types of
stains, can be indelible. If simply painted over with available, the best ones are
non water-based, such as Zinser, Bullseye, Pro-Block, to name a few. Apply one
medium coat and allow to dry.
STEP 2.
In some repairs it may be necessary to remove drywall and install a new piece. In
our repair pictured here it is already done. Now we want to apply tape and plaster
over the cracks. My preference for this type of repair is fiberglass mesh tape. It is
self-stick, easy to apply and very strong.

can't make this a two day project. I have to get in and get out of  the customers In
my business if the drywall repair is small I have to be efficient with my time and
house in a day and need mud products that dry quickly. For this I use a product
call Durabond. Durabond comes in 5, 20, 60 and 120. There are two types-the
brown bag and the white bag. Don't even ask me what the brown bag is because
I haven't used it in years. I always use the easy sand in the white bags.
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STEP 3
The first coat is applied to embed the tape. It is important to push the air out of the tape. Generally on this first coat the mud is applied with a 5" or a 6" That
is normal. It will take a few weeks of this activity before you will gain strength, which is one of the secrets to a good mud job- manual dexterity of your arm
and hands. When your hand and arm are weak there is a tendency to simply slop on the mud with the idea that it can be sanded later. That's fine if you
have all day and don't mind a house filled with mud dust particles. Most customers will not put up with that, nor will most housewives.  In this job I used
Durabond 20, the number on a bag of Durabond indicates working time in minutes. However, actual time will vary depending on heat and humidity.

STEP 4
Once the tape dries the next step is to get the ceiling as level and smooth as possible. For this I use a wide knife, 12-15" wide. The plaster is pulled evenly
across the area directly over the texture. It is important to get consistency, even lines and smooth coats. If done right there is very little sanding involved.
STEP 5
Repeated layers of plaster (mud) are used until the broader area is
generally smooth. As mentioned it does not matter if adjacent texture
is plastered over. Generally I will take the area to be repaired and
extend the knife blade 3/4 of the width into the good area.

STEP 6
Finally, the final step is to apply the texture. In my arsenal I have 15 or
so different brushes for applying texture (see below). With
experience I know which brush for a specific texture. If you try this
repair my suggestion is to experiment with various brushes. For the
plaster it is wetted down say 1:1 water to mud. Once mixed I will use
a piece of drywall to test my batch. It may need more or less water to
get a perfect match.
Before picture of drywall ceiling repair
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stipple brush
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drwyall stipple brush
Various types of brushes used in drywall and texture. To find the
texture that most matches the job try a sample splotch on a piece of
drywall or cardboard. Once the general shpae is found then adjust
the stiffness of the mix to get the best match.
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For mixing it is highly recommended to mix the mud (Durabond) with an electric mixer, but only for large quantities, say a quarter of a bucket or more. Bear
time.  In the picture below I use a small mixer on the end of a drill. You want the mud to be stiff enough so that it stays on the knife when you scoop it out.