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Thanks for visiting our page on how to tape drywall!

Taping drywall is the first step in the drywall finishing process, and the first real challenge you will face after hanging your drywall.

There is some real skill involved in successfully taping drywall, and patience is a virtue. The entire taping and mudding drywall process will not happen in a single day. It is best covered over 4-5 days in small steps that allow for dry time and multiple coats of mud.

But enough about the rest of the process. On with our short tutorial on how to tape drywall.

You will find that you have a couple of choices when taping drywall. Drywall tape is available either as a plain paper tape or as a mesh fiberglass tape.

Paper drywall tape does not have an adhesive backing and requires drywall mud to adhere it to the joints. Fiberglass tape has an adhesive backing, making it easier for most do-it-yourselfers.

What do I prefer? Actually, I generally use...

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A quick note on drying time between coats. Each coat must be allowed to dry completely before succeeding coats may be applied. Room temperature is good for this and individual coats should dry in about a day, but colder temperatures or high humidity can increase the time to as much as a month in very unusual circumstances. Incomplete drying can cause delayed shrinkage; pre-mixed joint compound will shrink as it dries and if a second coat is put over a layer of compound that is still damp under the surface that first coat will shrink later, causing the second coat to shrink or crack.

Before applying the second coat of joint compound, make a quick look-over of your tape coat and repair or sand away any protrusions from the surface. It is common, though not recommended, to thin the joint compound slightly (one pint of water per 5 gallons of joint compound) for the second and third coats. It is easier to pull under the knife and makes fewer air pockets, but also falls off both...

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I've had hairline cracking a couple of times when I didn't use tape, even though the patch was properly backed. It could have been a result of the location (ceiling patch with attic on other side, and wall patch on a poorly insulated exterior wall), but I've since just decided to always tape. I also do two things to minimize the hump and how large the feathering with joint compound needs to be:

1) I use a razor blade to slightly bevel the paper edges of the hole and the front and back edges of the patching piece. This insures that there is nothing sitting high around the edges, and that there is no roughness on the back side of the patching piece to cause the patch to sit proud.

2) I sometimes use a very thin cardboard shim so the wood backing is set slightly deeper. This allows the patching piece to sit a small bit lower than the surrounding surface; this helps with avoiding a hump while mudding. I have also found that new wallboard and old wallboard might not be...

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A guide to smooth walls.

Tape drywall like a pro

Each coat of joint compound is a different color in this article so you can easily see the order of application.

Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman

Taping drywall can be a frustrating, gut-wrenching experience. Nagging flaws will show up right after painting and even months later. Nail pops, corner-bead cracks and bad joints will plague your walls forever.

To make your next taping job more successful, we’ve come up with a novice-friendly guide for getting good results and how to mud drywall. We’ve simplified professional techniques so you can learn them easily and recommended the basic tools and materials you’ll need to achieve smooth, flat walls ready for paint.

Since 90 percent of the cost of a professional job is labor, taping your walls yourself can save you several hundred dollars, even on small jobs. The key is a methodical, step-by-step approach with the proper tools and materials....

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Drywall is one of those inescapable realities of home remodeling. In order to join two sheets of drywall, you must first tape over the seam before applying joint compound.

In a perfect world, you could embed joint compound alone into the seam. Unfortunately, the two sheets will eventually loosen and move just enough to develop hairline cracks in the joints. Slowly the joints will start to crumble.

Drywall tape reinforces joints and lets the mud do its work.

But which one is best?

Paper Drywall Tape: Sometimes Simple and Cheap Are Best

Paper tape is exactly that: long strips of paper, usually in rolls of 75 feet or more. A slight lengthwise crease in the paper helps you fold it down the middle when using it for inside corners.

Paper tape takes some skill. You need to first prepare the wall with some drywall mud, a process known as "bedding." Then you lay down the joint tape. Then more mud.

Pros

Cheapest type of joint tape...
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What is drywall tape?

Drywall tape is a rugged paper tape designed to cover seams in drywall. The best tape is not "self-stick" but is held in place with drywall joint compound. It is designed to be very durable, resistant to tearing and water damage, and has a slightly rough surface to provide maximum adhesion to drywall compound.

There are self-adhesive tapes on the market, and they have some positive aspects since they eliminate the need for a first bedding coat of compound. The only drawback is that the drywall surface must be dust-free and totally dry or they don't stick! Self-adhesive fiberglass tape, for example, is touted because it is waterproof. However, because it is not smooth like paper tape, it is especially tricky to hide with compound. In other words, if you don't apply a thick enough layer of drywall compound over the top of it, the tape shows through! It makes your wall look like a painted waffle!

Another drawback with self-adhesive...

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A drop ceiling costs about the same if not more than a drywall ceiling. I'll tell you exactly why in just a minute.

When I was figuring out how to finish a basement I thought to myself "Self… should we save money and drywall the basement ceiling on our own?" Then I imagined the difficulty of recruiting my lazy friends to help me drywall the ceiling.

Then I thought "drop ceiling!" that's the answer. Cheaper, easy to do by yourself. The only problem...it screams BASEMENT!".

I did some research and pondered it for about 3 weeks.

That's the kind of guy I am. I get an idea, then I stew on it for a spell. I'm real old fashion that way. My wife thinks I should have been born in the 1820s.

After all that pondering I decided not to go with a drop ceiling also known as a suspended ceiling. Here are the reasons why Ithinkknow that you shouldn't either.

Cost of a Drop Ceiling

If you're thinking of going with a drop ceiling to save money… think...

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There are a number of ways to add textured paint to your walls and ceilings. Applying textures to the interior of your home can give your surfaces a unique look and feel.

Another advantage for texture painting is the added appeal that you can get without the expense of wallpaper or wallboard.

Below you will find how to advice for paint texturing your walls and ceilings using the help of a brush or roller. There is also information regarding the different types of textured paints including pre-textured products and paints that require additives such as sand or popcorn type vermiculite.

We also discuss tools that you can use to implement a textured feel to your surfaces with the help of a gallon of non-textured paint.

WHY TO USE TEXTURED PAINT


Adding textured paint onto your surfaces will give walls or ceilings durability and your rooms personality while at the same time hiding imperfections. With that said, don't expect the texturing...

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A skim coat drywall process is used by most drywalling and plastering professionals to level out and remove any roughness that your wall or ceiling surfaces may have.

Skim coating drywall (sheetrock) involves drywall compound (mud or plaster), an 8" taping knife (drywalling trowel) and mud pan (or hawk).

With the help of said tools and materials you can apply thin layers of compound onto the surfaces that your wanting level.


After a few coats of mud followed by sanding, priming and painting you can greatly enhance the look and feel of your uneven walls and ceilings.

Below you will find how to instructions for smoothing out all of those bumps, humps and grooves that your surfaces may have.

SKIM COAT DRYWALL COMPOUND


Type of drywall (or plaster) compound used depends entirely on the job being done. Surface areas that have a number of demarcations, waves or grooves may require the use of a harder, slower drying...

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