How to Properly Perform Drywall Taping
Before you begin taping drywall, it’s a good idea to prep the area. A small putty knife works well for pre-filling gaps and smoothing out taped edges. Apply 1/8 inch drywall compound over the area and press it firmly. Wipe off any excess compound with the blade of the putty knife. Wait until the compound dries completely before you start taping. If you’ve applied too much compound, it will shrink as it dries.
First, soak the joint tape. This will prevent air bubbles from forming underneath it. This will cause uneven finish. Next, use your hands to push the tape into the freshly mudded joint. Make sure that the joint tape is even with the seam between the drywall boards. The center of the tape should be slightly dimpled. If it’s too thick or too thin, simply pull it out by one end and flatten it with your hand.
While the first coat of compound is typically sufficient, the second coat should be applied simultaneously. If you apply the second coat immediately, you’ll want to move the tape to avoid air bubbles. This will lengthen the overall job and the time required for the work. For those with experience, it’s best to use both methods. However, both methods have their advantages. While it is generally easier to use a mesh tape, it’s also easier to remove if you’re working on a high-stress joint.
The next step in taping drywall is applying the mud. Whether you use paper joint tape or a mesh type, there’s a right way to use them. Both are effective and convenient. The most common method is to use a hawk. This tool has a hawk-like handle that holds a spool of drywall compound. A hawk can get the compound on the wall more quickly than a pan.
Drywall taping is the last step before painting. It’s important to pay attention to the tape’s shape and thickness. Using a tape measure can help you ensure that the entire surface is properly covered. It’s also a good idea to use a tarp underneath the wall. This will prevent tape from slipping. And it’s important to be careful with the tape when you’re taping drywall.
Before taping, it’s a good idea to have a professional tape measure. It’s important to measure the area and make sure that all the walls are level. It’s also important to measure the length of the walls and determine the size of the sections. The full-length piece of tape is ideal, but it’s not necessary. It can quickly become a mess of dried compound and wasted tape. This is why a professional should carefully follow the guidelines for taping drywall.
New drywall tapers often make the mistake of choosing the wrong type of mud. They should use an all-purpose compound for their initial coat and an all-purpose compound for each subsequent coat. The all-purpose compound should be used for the final coat. It should not leave any gaps or air bubbles. It should also be smooth and sandable. Moreover, it should be free of dust and moisture. It will prevent the risk of mold and mildew growth.