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Learn How to Mud and Tape Drywall

Setting out to get the gist of how to tape and mud is an endeavor. This isn't done at a first glance. The best thing you can do is find a guide and apply the information to practical experience. From this, form a working skill set of the basic drywall concepts that have proven to be effective.

Following the below will help you to arrive at an understanding of drywall compound and taping, to enrich your search and gain experience:

1) Review everything you can about taping and mud from reputable sources and don't make any final assumptions. Everything you hear about drywall can't be taken for truth. Also, don't assume all product claims are true, for the tape and its abilities or for compound. For instance, 'easy sand' is a misnomer in many cases. As is possibly 'easy to apply' based on what you are buying. But these are the exceptions and many claims are reliable.

2) If you are indeed serious about learning drywall visit your nearest outlet that serves contractors. Most of these pro suppliers carry tools and equipment that handyman stores cannot obtain along with having technical knowledge, or access to those who possess it.

3) Assemble the hand tools needed, like taping knives and mud pan, hand mixer and/or chuckable paddle - automating the mixing is a leap forward in itself - stirring the mud by hand has discouraged more than one beginning drywaller - and other tools like a pole sander and a hand sander. The drywall gun is huge advantage, and the drywall hammer might be optional. However the rasp, T-square, and utility knife should not be excluded. These basic tools that are not too costly, should help you get started.

Driving nails at first may seem a cost saver, but relying soling on their attachment will results in numerous nail pops that must not only be refilled and sanding, but probably touched-up with paint.

4) Practice is never to be ommited. Patches and repairs are an excellent way to gain skills with not only with paper tape, but with fiberglass mesh for hole fixes. Once you've attained some experience, the repair provides ample opportunity for applying powder/quick dry compounds. Working from smaller dimension patches, and working up from there, has its benefits since the patch with reduced sizes and be cut out and redone.

Practice boards are a smart way to develop not only your technique but for and experimental way to arrive at mud mixes, choice of drywall knife sizes, and basic cutting. And unless you are sure from the start, there is really no need to go directly to the installed room panels. Too, compound removal on existing textures is a little more complicated that for the flat trial sheets.

Another opportunity for practice is found with corner edge cracking, from settling, especially on older homes. This will get you familiar with the basic methods of mudding and taping, helping to form a style where you become adept at putting it on the wall surface.

Other opportunities are with charitable organizations like Habitat. they are generally in need of help with installations on new homes. This is a great chance to develop your skills.

Looking further, anyone with plumbing repairs where the wall has been opened, is in need of a repair, certainly on the wall and maybe on a lower ceiling.

Many recent homes have unfinished basements, and nail and screw pops soon appearing, for advancing your patching skills.

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