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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.
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.
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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