Tape, mud, sand…complete. While it seems easy enough, finishing drywall is a very precise skill that takes a lot of practice. If you want a professional, seamless finish without the fuss you should consider leaving that major drywall project to the professionals. However, an avid do-it-yourselfer could try their hand at drywall installation with these tips from B. Wright Drywall Inc. in Edmonton:
Tips for Taping and Mudding Drywall
Be patient: Learning how to drywall with perfect results takes a lot of skill and practice. If you take your time and follow instructions, you will spend less time sanding out imperfections and will get better results.
Apply compound to nail and screw holes first: Use a drywall knife to fill in little holes made by nails and screws.
Applying compound to horizontal seams: Fill the horizontal seams between drywall panels with compound and try to keep it as smooth as possible. Then put tape on the seams before the mud dries. Then apply compound again over the tape.
Move to the corners: Once you have the screw holes and wall seams filled and taped, apply drywall compound to the wall’s inside corners. It’s easier if you start at the top and make your way down. Once the mud is applied, tape that corner. First cut a piece of tape that is the height of the wall, fold it in half and press it into the corner. You can smooth it out with a corner trowel. For best results, dip the trowel in water so it moves smoothly along your seam.
Tape vertical seams: Tape the vertical seams between your slabs of drywall, but make sure you don’t overlap that tape with the tape that’s already on your horizontal seams. Once tape is on the wall, apply drywall compound over the seam.
Let the first layer of drywall compound dry for at least 12 hours.
Apply the second coat of drywall mud: Once dry, apply a second coat of drywall compound to your seams and corners. At this stage, you can make the second layer about two inches wider that the first layer. Let dry for another 12 hours.
Sand the seams and corners: Once dry, start sanding out the seams and corners to remove any rough areas. It’s a good idea to line the floors with a covering to make cleaning up the dust easier.
Apply the third coat of drywall mud: When you apply the third and final coat of drywall compound, use a larger knife to make covering up the seams easier. You can make this layer another two inches wider than the one before.
Final sanding: Once dry, check the wall for any waves, roughness or imperfections. Sand them out. Learn more about how to tape and mud drywall.
Clean the walls before painting: Use a damp clothe to remove unwanted dust from the walls before painting.
If you’re not sure if you can do it – hire a drywall contractor!
If the project seems too daunting, you could end up saving yourself a lot of time and stress by hiring a drywall contractor to take care of it for you. Properly installing drywall is a skill that takes a lot of practice to master. Having it done by a professional will ensure the best results.
Since 1990, B. Wright Drywall has been serving Edmonton & surrounding areas specializing in residential and commercial framing, complete insulation, drywall, tape and texture. They’ve built their solid reputation and established their loyal clientele based on integrity, top notch customer service and quality work.
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