Vaulted Ceiling Tape Joint Repair-Knockdown Texture Sponge

In this video blog I’ll be demonstrating how to apply an all purpose joint compound with my Knockdown Texture Sponge on a vaulted ceiling repair. The ceiling repair is the entire 36′ paper tape joint right at the vault of the open plan ceiling.

Over time a lot of homes vaulted tape joints end up separating due to a few different factors:

Vaulted Ceiling Tape Joint Repair Texture Sponge

Vaulted Ceiling Tape Joint Repair

1) These type of ceilings are exposed to excessive heat because of how close the vaulted ceiling is to the actual roof.
2) Sometimes when the drywall was installed at the vaulted ceiling the drywall hangers leave to big of a gap at the vault.
3) Another common mistake during the construction phase of when the drywall ceiling was initially installed without using the correct amount of fasteners which lead to the ceiling sagging over time and popping the tape joint at the vaulted ceiling.
4) Other times there is no framing member to attach to at the top section of the vaulted ceiling.

These are just a few of the reason why a vaulted ceilings tape joints fail.

After applying a Straight Flex specialty tape for a nice crisp line along the vault and three coats of mud and a little fine sanding, it was time to use the knockdown texture sponge to blend the existing knockdown texture on this vaulted ceiling repair.

I must say this knockdown texture sponge works great for matching and blending the knockdown texture. I’ve been using one for a several years now and they work great for tape joint repairs and small drywall repairs.

Whether you’re doing drywall repairs on the wall drywall or plaster ceiling repairs you can match your existing knockdown texture with the new knockdown texture Sponge by: Paul Peck

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I’ve found in my over 20 years in business as a drywall contractor and painting contractor, that using my knockdown sponge texturing technique along with my knockdown texture sponge. I can match most knockdown textures on wall and ceiling repairs that also need knockdown texture patch matched to an existing texture.

Knockdown repair tools you will need to match your knockdown texture on your vaulted ceiling:

  • 1) My Knockdown Texture Sponge
  • 2) All purpose joint compound
  • 3) Drywall Mud pan drywall Hauk
  • 4) 6″ and 12″ Taping knife or lexan knockdown paddle

  • How to skim coat using the paint roller trick

    In this Blog video two part series I’ll show you how to do the first coat and second skim coats on a wall to get rid of an ugly poorly done knockdown texture. This how to skim coat trick is a great way for anyone from DIYers to contractors to apply a skim coat to drywall and plaster walls or ceilings.

    Skim Coating to get rid of ugly texture

    I’ll be using the paint roller method with a 1 1/4″ roller nap (cover) and I thinned down the all purpose joint compound with water.

    How to skim coat dtywall with the paint roller method

    How to skim coat dtywall with the paint roller method

    For skimming I’m using a 14″ drywall taping knife and mud pan to smooth out the mud that was applied.

    Skimming out the rolled on mud with a 14" drywall taping knife

    Skimming out the rolled on mud with a 14″ drywall taping knife

    How to skim coat- Paint roller trick on Youtube (Part 1)

    How to skim coat- Paint roller trick (Part 2)

    This How to Skim Coat Trick is a must when skim coating walls and ceilings for DIY’ers!

    Once the first skim coat is complete, let the joint compound dry for 24 hours. Day 2- scape any high spots with your 6″ drywall knife and then apply another skim coat to the area. This skim coat will be much easier and smoother than the first skim coat and it will also dry a lot faster too.

    Once the second coat is dry:
    1) Sand entire wall with 100 grit sandpaper
    2) Remove sanding dust from walls by using a half of a bucket of water and a yellow grout sponge rinsing the sponge often in the bucket of water.
    3) Prime with a quality latex acrylic primer.
    4) Paint on two coats of a quality paint and you’re done!

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    Comments from: Paul Peck- Owner at Peck Drywall and Painting

    In Conclusion: I highly recommend this skim coating with the paint roller trick to any contractors or even Do it Yourself’ers for covering up an ugly texture, looking for a smoother finish on their drywall or plaster walls and ceilings, or even after removing wallpaper!

    I think this how to skim coat trick saved me several hours of work by not having to take the extra time to try and keep the mud thickness as consistent as possible which means less sanding and mudding.

    Tip: If you’re trying to cover up a knockdown or skip trowel texture, be sure to use at least a 1″ to 1 1/4″ roller cover when applying the first skim coat. Then a 3/4″ nap will work fine for the second skim coat of all purpose joint compound to the wall or ceiling or skim coating.

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    Good luck with your skim coating project! -Paul

    Checkout one of my latest videos below:

    In this video tutorial I’m going to show you how to apply a skim coat to your walls for fresh new look.

    DIY Skim Coating- In this video I’m gonna show you how to mix the skim coat and also all of the tools needed to for mixing an all purpose joint compound for skim coating.

    Have questions about how to skim coat and the materials that you see in the video?

    Please feel free to ask Your Questions in the Comment Section of my video on YOUTUBE

    Here’s the tools I used to get the job done in this skim coating by hand video:

    Goldblatt Mud Mixing 3/8″ drill bit-

    Dewalt 20-Volt Lithium Ion Drill/ Driver

    WallBoard Bucket Scoop-

    Goldblatt Pro Mud Pan and Knife Set-

    Werner Bench Ladder-

    How To and Product Review – Strait Flex Uno-Bead

    Strait Flex Uno-Bead - Corner bead on a roll

    Strait Flex Uno-Bead – Corner bead on a roll

    In this product review and demonstration video, I will be using the Strait flex Uno-Bead for the first time ever. This will enable you to see how easy the Strait Flex Uno-Bead is to work with without ever have used it before. Or what might be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using a product you have never used before. Thanks for watching and if you have any questions about the Strait Flex Uno-Bead please feel free to ask me in the comments section of my video on Youtube.

    I’ll be replacing the old corner bead from a closet modification with the Strait Flex composite corner bead on a roll. The closet had already been taken apart by the homeowner that had just purchased this home.The plan was to make a computer/gaming area for their son where the closet was. Since their new to them home was having several remodeling projects going on anyways they wanted to have me take care of this extra job while I was there.

    My conclusion after trying Uno-Bead for the first time on this remodeling project is that whether you’re a contractor, handyman or even a home improvement DIY’er. This product will be a fast and easy way to install corner bead on new drywall and drywall repairs. And the Strait Flex Uno-Bead is much stronger the traditional corner beads which means it’s great for drywall corners in high traffic areas.

    Another benefit is Uno-Bead requires less joint compound than the traditional metal corner bead or vinyl corner bead. Which speeds up drying time as well. So you can save time, the amount of materials needed to finish outside 90 degree drywall corner. All of this means you make more money while also getting a better and stronger end result. Also since this corner bead product comes on a roll, it’s easily stored eliminating the need to have a special place to store it from getting damaged before getting to the job where you’ll be doing your drywall finishing.

    I would definitely use Strait Flex Uno-Bead Again again!

    Here some stats about Strait Flex Uno-Bead 222:

  • This composite corner bead provides outside 90 degree corners for drywall, plaster and EIFS applications and perfectly replaces damaged metal corner bead.
  • Works on all inside and outside corners
  • Drywall, thin coat plaster, EIFS and kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, home renovations and new construction.
  • High traffic areas where bumps and dents commonly occur.
  • Reduces waste and is easily transported.
  • Uno-Bead 222 is sized to be a permanent replacement to damaged corner bead.
  • Installs using all standard methods: Drywall compound, Plaster, EIFS, glue, staples, nails or screws.
  • Available in 2.22″ and 3″ widths.
  • Mold proof, Rust proof and Alkali resistant.
  • Slots insure quick drying time and unmatched bonding strength.
  • PVC/Nylon composite material ensure straight corners every time and prevents mold and rust.
  • Springtime to Paint!

    Spring fever is a term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of spring. In general it refers to an increase in energy and vitality.

    Spring is in the air

    Spring is the perfect time of the year to paint the exterior of your Florida home

    Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth.

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    Spring = Rejuvenation

    Shouldn’t your home’s exterior be at the top of your list when thinking about Springtime and your rejuvenated motivation to get things in order around the house that you’ve been putting off for a while. Important things. Like probably one of your biggest investments, Your Home…

    Once the clock’s are changed to Spring forward, you know that Spring is soon to follow.

    Springtime Fresh

    Springtime Fresh – New exterior paint job

    Spring is the perfect time of the year to paint your home

    Especially if you have any cracked or damaged stucco, faded paint, iron stains from your water sprinklers, or it might just be time for a fresh new vibe that will not only look great. But, it will also help protect the interior of your home from insects, water damage, mold and other moisture related issues for years to come. If you’re not sure about the color combinations you would like to have on your home. We can certainly help you with picking out the colors and advise you on the latest color trends here in Central Florida. Summer is right around the corner which means family get togethers , cookouts and sleepovers.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have your home looking great, so you could entertain guests and family and be proud of your home again?

    Stucco cracks- Exterior painting Melbourne FL Before

    Stucco cracks and Iron stain


    Summer is right around the corner and so is Hurricane season

    It’s amazing what a little paint can do. Not only does it rejuvenate your homes appearance. Additionally, a properly done paint job whether it’s done by you the homeowner or by a professional painter it will protect your home from the water damage caused from wind driven rain like we had during hurricane season just a few years back. A lot of the water damage caused during these wind events could have been prevented in hundreds of homes here in Brevard county, Fl by simply repairing all of the hairline stucco cracks on the walls of these homes and re caulking all of the exterior windows.

    With all of the right preparation and applying the proper sealers and paints to their stucco walls on block and wood frame homes, it most definitely would have prevented the amount of water intrusion damage and insurance claims from the wind driven rain scenario.

    In conclusion:

    Spring provides the extra boost of energy that helps us motivate to get things in our lives in order for the rest of the year. This also means taking care of things you care about. The home is where a lot of people like to catch up on all of the little things that can protect it and make it look nice and cared for. Yardwork and exterior painting are some of the most popular springtime activities when it comes to improving and protecting your home.

    So get out there and paint the exterior of your home! Or hire a professional house painter to get the job done properly. Leaving you with more time to focus on your family and other springtime home improvement projects.

    By: Paul Peck

    Serving the Brevard County area since 1995

    How to paint a garage door

    Your garage door is a HUGE part of the overall appearance of your home.

    Has your homes garage door lost it’s luster?

    Garage Door Painting-Before and After-Viera FL

    Is my garage door paintable?

    It’s a common question among homeowners that have a weathered, rusted, chalky, faded or dusty garage door that’s in need of a facelift or even just a color change that can give your home a different vibe and better curb appeal .
    Whether you’re thinking about just repainting it or looking to paint the entire exterior of your home. I would recommend hiring a professional painting contractor.
    But painting a garage door is doable for the advanced DIY’er.

    I give this project a difficulty rating of 7 out of 10.

    You can get by with just using a brush and roller to paint most garage doors. But with these you will be left with some sort of stippling (a light texture or brush strokes). That’s why I prefer to use an airless sprayer to apply the primers and paint. It it will leave your garage door with a beautiful factory finish like it had when it was brand new.

    I’ve painted hundreds of garage doors here in the Brevard County, Fl area. Which means I have been perfecting the most efficient techniques and the tried and true best primers that ensure proper adhesion and the right exterior paints to use on metal and wood garage doors for over 20 years.

    Here’s some of the basic bullet points for properly painting your garage door.

    Materials and tools needed to prep, prime and paint your garage door:
    • Masking paper- 12″ to 16″
    • 3M paper machine (optional)
    • Masking tape 1.5″ and 3/4″ for paper machine
    • .31 mil light plastic (optional)
    • 5 in 1 tool or putty knife
    • Drop cloths
    • Rags
    • Paintable caulk
    • 1.5 gallons Acrylic Latex Multi surface sealer/primer
    • 2 gallons of a high quality (satin or semi gloss) Acrylic Latex exterior paint
    • Roller frame with a 3/8″ nap and at least a 3′ paint pole
    • 1 Purdy or Wooster 4″ to 6″ brush
    • Or if you can get your hands on a paint sprayer? I use a Graco 695 paint sprayer .311 Spray tip for paint gun

    Steps for applying primer/sealer and paint

    Step 1) Pressure wash all of the exterior surfaces of the garage door to be painted.

    *Tip-Trick- You’re going need to use a good environmentally friendly cleaner or detergent like Simple Green or a similar product. But bleach and water will do as well.

    Step 2) Prep the surface and area around the garage door to be painted. Cover anything you don’t want painted.

    *Tip-Trick- Raise the garage door halfway up and put masking tape on the bottom rubber seal of the door, Next place drop cloths half in and half out of where the garage door sits on the ground when in the closed position.

    Step 3) After the garage door is completely dry, check it for any rusted areas.

    Tip-Trick- If you have some rust, take 80 grit sandpaper and sand down any rust spots and and after sanding the surface wipe with a damp cloth.
    Purchase a can of rust inhibitor which primes the area and actually turns rust back into metal.

    Step 4) I prefer to use my airless paint sprayer to prime the garage door with a – Multi Surface tinted Primer/Sealer (a brush or roller will work as well).

    Tip-Trick- After priming and after each coat of paint take your 5 in one tool or putty knife and carefully slide it under one of the three rubber seals on both sides and at the top of the garage door and go around the perimeter of the garage door keeping the tool under the rubber seals. This keeps paint from building up and bonding the three rubber seals to the garage door.

    Step 5) After the primer dries, I will then caulk any wood trim joints that are cracking or opened up around the garage door before painting the first coat

    Tip-Trick- Try and keep the hole small when cutting the tub of caulk And cut it at a slight angle.
    Have a wet sponge or rag handy while caulking to keep your finger clean.

    Step 6) Lastly, I spray two coats of a high quality (satin or semi gloss) exterior paint for a long lasting and durable finish.

    Tips-Tricks- Spray the first coat going horizontally (side to side) and apply the second coat of paint vertically (up and down). This keeps the the paint from building up in the same areas and also makes for better adhesion of the garage door paint.

    Check this out:
    I just finished up an exterior house repaint where we also painted the metal garage door because the paint was chalky and chipping. Most homes exteriors have been painted a few times over the years. But a lot of times the garage door is left out of the painting process. I’m sure you know the ones in your neighborhood…

    Here some photo’s and video clips of the garage door painting process:

    Before Photo:

    Garage Door Painting- Before Photo

    Garage Door Painting- Before Photo

    After pressure washing it was time to Spray on Primer/Sealer:

    Garage Door Spraying Primer/Sealer

    Garage Door Spraying Primer/Sealer

    Here’s a video of the primer/sealer being applied with an airless:
    In this video clip you will see my technique on using a paint sprayer to to seal/prime a garage door, vinyl soffits, gutters and stucco. First thing is clean all surfaces to be painted (I used a pressure washer on this project) Next you’ll need to cover everything that you don’t want to get painted with either drop clothes, lightweight plastic or masking paper and tape.


    Applying the first coat of paint:

    Garage Door Painting-First Coat

    Garage Door Painting-First Coat

    In this clip I’ll show you how to apply the first coat of a tinted high quality exterior satin paint with an airless sprayer to the garage door and stucco walls:

    Applying the second coat of paint:

    Garage Door Painting- Second Coat

    Garage Door Painting- Second Coat

    In this last video clip, I will show you how to apply the second and final coat of exterior satin paint going in vertical motions this time with my airless sprayer:

    Garage door transformed back to a beautiful factory finish!

    Garage Door Painted-Two Coats

    Garage Door Painted-Two Coats

    In conclusion. If your garage door happens to sit at the front of your home, then painting it should be at the top of your honey-do list. As you can see that are a lot of steps that go into a painting project like this. I would recommend getting a local professional painting contractor in your area who knows the best paint products suited for your climate. But, if you’re an advanced DIY’er or handyman and you’re up for a challenge. Then have fun with it and Happy Painting!

    By: Paul Peck