A drywall-covered wall that has visible joints can destroy the appearance of an entire room. Drywall finishers coat joints with tape and thin layers of joint compound to blend them into the wall. When they use insufficient joint compound, however, the joints can appear as ridges, or the tape can separate. Defects, including cracks, can also appear if the wall gets wet or if the framing moves. To hide defective drywall joints, you usually have to recoat them while removing and replacing tape that has bubbled or separated.
Cut out bubbles in drywall tape with a utility knife. Slice off all the loose tape, leaving only that which is firmly attached to the wall. Scrape off loose and chipping joint compound from around the bubble with a 6-inch drywall knife.
Spread a coat of drywall primer over any joint you are going to repair. Joint compound and tape adhere better
The news this week that Google has removed images from Street View that allowed virtual hikes to the summit of Uluru, a sacred location in Australia’s Northern Territory, raises a serious question. Where does this mapping-meets-real-world service shift from being a genuinely useful guide to an invasion of personal privacy or, worse, an insensitive and inappropriate compromise of the rights and freedoms of others?
What started more than a decade ago as a demonstration of Google’s prowess has gotten out of hand. Yes, Street View can be useful, but if today you touted the idea of sending surveillance cars past our houses to take photos to share with the world, if you allowed users to upload their own photos “where Street View cars have never driven before,” you’d prompt a backlash. And rightly so.
Right now, you can ask Google to blur out your house—if