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Drywall Mudding Procedures

With the focus on getting the tape on panels, since mudding the tape carries a bulk of the workload -- here are methods and procedures that are found to be useful.

If the project is a remodel, there is likely electric and heat present. But for new construction, there might be a call for cordless drywall guns, power cutters, and a heat source for cooler temperatures (halogen lights should go attended since they do present a possible fire hazard).

Thinning the initial mix - add the clean water from a measured gallon container. Once the desired consistency is arrived at, apportion the same amount to other batches. This assumes that the compound containers are being maintained, at or near the same room temperature. Do the same with topping mix, dry mix or what have you, while not exceeding the recommended amounts of water.

Stirring/mixing - after mixing by hand or with a 1/2 drill paddle, drop the paddle into a water pail and flush not too long after. You will need a source of plenty of clean water for mixing and cleanup, preferably warm water.

Temporary storage - store the ready to-be-applied mix in a sealed tank, with pump adapted. The pumps do give tangible benefits, but if this is not a feasible choice, consider working from smaller allotments of compound to start, which will minimize the amount of waste and keep the mix clean. Altogether, working quantities depend on open area seams versus areas that are dense with angles or short runs.

Organize the mudding and segment the job into corners and seams, ceilings and wall areas with the type of access you have planned - ordinarily, work on the joints from top down, and seperate the seams depending on the type(s) of beading that are to be installed. Knife on the compound while maintaining wet edges, as much as you can. Try to not overlap partially set joints. This is more readily done following the taping.

Hoppers - certain tapes are able to be run through a hopper dispenser, that back-butters the tape in a slide through. This can be a great time saver but know if the particular setup requires 2 persons.

Auto tapers that are pump feed are an efficient means for embedding the tape, saving time, effort, and money if there is enough work to justify their purchase. Too they eliminate much step ladder access since the devices are operated from standed floor posture. Laying the paper tape on while injecting mudd at the same time. Look for a taper that creases to form the inside corners. Claims abound with the units acting as enormous time savers.

Running a corner roller over the corners presents similiar benefits, aside from ensuring the 90 degree angle.

While the corner box and flat box on poles can indeed apply mudd in a clean fashion, saving time and compound in the process. Running a box that is pump feed is a big advantage, with no manual re-filling.

Cleaning the tools and equipment is vital. Items that are designed for ease of cleanup are marked and these should be put to use. Knifes that are dropped in a rinse bucket should not be left to remain over a period because rust will quickly thrive.

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