Drywall is a common trick of the trade when it comes to providing interior wall surfaces. As a result of its quick and easy application, known as hanging, drywall has become an industry standard, and is commonplace for those looking to renovate a house or apartment.
One tricky aspect of hanging drywall arises from finishing the corners. Trying to match the drywall professionally can be quite difficult, but with techniques such as drywall taping, this can be greatly simplified. In this article we will look at some tips and techniques as well as a basic how to of drywall taping.
What you will need
Before beginning to consider drywall taping, you will require a joint between two bits of drywall, which you have already hung. Drywall taping is a finishing technique, and should be left until last. To effectively tape the joint, you will need drywall mudding, drywall tape, a pencil and some varying degrees of sandpaper. The procedure itself is fairly straightforward, and with a bit of practice, you can master these tools to effectively tape drywall joints consistently.
Before you begin the taping, take some soft sandpaper and begin to sand the joint. It is also a good idea to run a wet sponge down the joint to remove any dirt which may have accumulated and will affect the ultimate finish.
Next liberally apply a starting layer of drywall mudding into the joint. You should push the mudding into the joint as you apply, rather than leaving it sitting on the surface. Next take a length of the tape, comparable to the length of the joint, and fold it along a vertical axis. Next, slot this into the joint, and push firmly with the pencil, taking care not to rupture the tape.
If a rupture does occur, you should start the process again to avoid hindering the finish. You should then apply a second coat of mudding over the drywall taping, and leave to dry overnight if possible. After it has dried, sand the joint until smooth and level with the drywall on either side. Next, repeat the same process as before on top of the existing layer of drywall and leave to set.
At this stage there is no need to concern overly with perfect sanding, although it is important that the joint is smooth as far as possible. After the next application has dried, apply a third time, this time leaving the whole thing to set and dry thoroughly. Finally, sand down to perfection, using declining degrees of sandpaper to ensure smoothness of the finish. And that is how drywall taping works.
Drywall taping is a tricky aspect of hanging drywall, although it gives you that desired professional finish around the joints. By learning how to tape effectively, you can save a great deal of money on hiring professionals, and can complete the job in no time after some practice. If you feel that you would not be capable of achieving the finish yourself, don’t worry.
It is possible to employ expert help, and you will find that the end result will be perfect if you pay an expert to complete the job for you. Drywall taping is a practice discipline, and the more often you do it, the better you become. It need not be too tricky, and with a bit of help and guidance, you will be well on your way to taping effectively.