Did you know that you can save several hundred dollars if you taped your drywall by yourself? Did you know that 90% of the cost of a professional drywalling job is labor? Well, then let me tell you that it’s not too late to learn the steps in taping drywall.
Drywall taping joints can be a very frustrating experience. Oftentimes, you’ll find the experience extremely gut-wrenching you might find it more comforting to just spend hundreds of dollars in hiring a professional to do it for you. You won’t notice any flaws and problems until months later or until after you paint over your drywall. Nails will pop. Corner beads start cracking. Bad joints start to show up.
Then again you realize, you’ll have to learn how to tape your drywall some time. Let’s talk about how you can do it right, even if it is your first time taping drywall joints or performing drywall installation for the first time.
Avoid the Biggest Drywalling Mistakes Most People Make
Every rookie or beginner makes this mistake. As a matter of fact, even so-called professionals make this mistake. Here’s what it is: heaping mud on or putting all layers of mud on and then relying on a massive, heavy and filthy sanding effort at the end to correct mistakes. The correct way to do it is to sand in between each application of mud. After heaping the first layer of mud on, sand the surface before applying the next coat of mud.
Mistake number two is being too hasty. Expert drywallers say that taping drywall is an art form that needs to be mastered not learned. It is. You need to develop a feel for the equipment you use and the materials you apply. So when it comes to doing your first drywalling job, take your time. Don’t hurry. Always make sure that the compound is completely dry before you start sanding. The label on the container of the mud should give you about its drying time.
The third mistake is sanding too much. Know when to stop.
Follow These Tips, Rookie
1. Deal with protruding screw heads or nail heads by running your knife over all the beads. Listen for any metallic clicks. If you hear one, it’s from a protruding head. Using a screw gun or a hammer set the head below the surface.
2. Don’t forget to feather the outside edges of each coat of mud you are applying. This keeps the mud flush with the wall.
3. Never bring back leftover mud to your pail. It’s very likely that it will contain chunks that will haunt and plague you for the rest of the project/job.
4. When mixing mud, make sure your first coat has the consistency of honey. Make sure that the second coat has the consistency of mashed potatoes.
5. To find spots that need your special attention, hold a flashlight against the wall in such a way that it shines across its surface. Do this even while sanding to help you catch problem areas better.