taping mudding drywall

The art of taping mudding drywall for a professional look is learned only through experience. However there's a lot that can be learned by beginners who want to do their own drywall to save money.

Repairing drywall is also an art. Still there are a few secrets that can help do-it-yourselfers succeed.

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Now it’s time to move on to the taping mudding drywall part of the process. You will need to prepare the joint compound. I personally prefer the already mixed mud to the dry stuff. The premixed mud might still need to be thinned down with water. This is a trial and error approach, but everyone is a little different in his or her preference to mud consistencies so you will have to find out how thin you like to have it.

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The idea here is to tape the joints or seams and to spread enough layers of drywall compound (mud) over the tape, that the seam is completely invisible under a layer of paint or texture. Most of the tapers start out with a 5 or 6 inch taping knife. They will scoop up a little more than a handful of mud with the knife from the palette. A thin layer of compound is spread evenly along the seam as in step 1.

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Next the tape is applied to the mud. It should cover the seam evenly. You will need to slide the tapers knife along the seam to flatten it and squeeze any air bubbles out as seen in step 2.

Make another pass with the same knife to get any excess mud out. Let this first layer dry for at least twelve hours. Once that coat has dried, you should use a drywall knife to scrape any burrs or high spots you may have created with the first coat. Be careful not to put gouges in the tape. If you do, just cover it in with mud.
Next, it’s time for the second coat or filler coat. This time you will use a 10-inch trowel. Spread an even coat over the first coat that’s as wide as the knife. If the mud is too thick it will crack when it dries. It needs to be just right and sometimes it takes a few do-overs to get it right.

Get it as smooth as possible. Make repeat passes until it looks good and is free from high spots and bumps as shown in step 3. Let this coat dry for at least 12 hours. Once this coat is dry, remove any high spots and bumps with a tapers knife.

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Now for the final coat or finish coat. Take a 12-inch finishing trowel and spread a light coat of mud over the second coat. Move with long steady strokes while feathering out the sides to make a gentle rounded cover over the seam as shown in step 4. You can apply more coats if the seam is still obvious.

sanding drywall I really hate sanding drywall. It's dusty and the stuff gets everywhere. Most of the time it will be necessary though. Fortunately, drywall mud sands really easy. Just be sure to wear a mask.

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