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Mudding and Taping Drywall Tips

Bringing to light tips for applying the compound and tape can help bring about a higher grade of completion. These methods are germaine to practical mudding and taping under diverse scenarios.

Applying Mud

  • To keep the surface contamination free, that is, free of the lineal streaks caused by stray particles -- it is critical that the mud mixture stay clean and with no contamination.

  • Get an even distribution on the knife blade by constantly wiping the sides across the pan edge. For those who prefer a hawk, be sure there is a sheer enough edge to wipe against. By the same token, the non-warping, metal mud pan maintains it's shape over plastic resulting in more uniform applications.


  • Keep working the compound to prevent setting.


  • Always dip out of the same compound mix, neither returning compound to a main pour container nor letting an open mix sit unagitated. If you must leave the mix, cover it with a damp rag but only for moments. And always maintain that the pails are covered to eliminate venting.


  • Dip the knife blade in water or wipe onto a soaked sponge to promote smooth the layer, of top coating.


  • For tapered joints in prominent spots, the curved trowel can be instrumental as a way to graduate the mudd off.


  • The wheeled bucket trolley eliminates many of the fetches of heavy containers. It's a smart way to cut back on the physical labor.



  • Applying Tape

  • Utilizing taping knives made of stainless steel cuts back on clean time and removes the potential for rust.


  • Hand dispeners for mesh tape, and, belt reels for paper tape are indispensible and make taping more efficient.


  • Apply the tape with the mudd already on it using a banjo box. Then flatten smooth with a taping or corner knife.


  • Apply adhesive mesh only where the situation warrants.


  • Exert only adequate pressure when bedding tape, nothing more. Overexerting pressure on the knife blade pushes mud that serves for an adhesion layer out under the tape.


  • Check for air pockets and folds as you proceed. These should be flattened before progressing too far a distancce.


  • Factor in settle-back of the mudded tape. This will depend on the type of compound and way it is appled.




  • Finally, always protect your lungs and respiratory system by donning a dust mask, even when embarking on 'dustless sanding' methods. Same for protective eyewear.


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