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Taping Drywall Instructions

  • Taping Drywall

    Taping drywall is the last step when installing drywall so you should be sure that you have hung all the drywall in the room before beginning. Taping drywall takes a lot of patience, but after some practice, you will be able to hide many drywall hanging mistakes and make the finished wall appear completely smooth.

  • Overview

    There are four basic steps to taping drywall. First, you must tack corner bead onto all corners. Next, apply joint tape to all the seams between the different sections of wallboard, and then apply joint compound to all seams, nail and screw holes and corners. You should apply three coats of compound and sand between each coat.

  • Install Corner Bead

    Your first step is to install corner bead onto any outside corners you might have. Corner bead is meant to protect the corners from crumbling when they get bumped. Using tin snips, cut corner bead and nail to outside corners in the room. Space the nails about 5” apart through the holes in the bead.

  • Outside Corners

    Once the bead is attached, begin applying compound from the trough with passes toward the bead. Apply a significant amount of compound and scrape off any excess in a downward stroke with the edge of the blade extending beyond the corner.

  • Taping Inside Corner Seams

    To properly finish inside corners, use compound, mesh drywall tape, and your taping knife. Your best bet is to use self adhesive mesh tape that you can apply directly to the drywall. Push the tape tightly into the corner with your knife. After your tape is secure, use a corner knife to apply compound into the corner. You should again apply three coats of compound and lightly sand between each coat once it is dry. You may need to use your taping knife to smooth the edge of the compound along each wall on subsequent coats of compound.

  • Finishing Tapered Seams

    Use adhesive mesh tape cut to length and apply it firmly across the joints between adjacent drywall pieces. Smooth the tape out from ceiling to floor so that there are no creases. Apply compound from the ceiling down towards the floor. Apply three coats of compound in progressively wider swaths. Your second coat should be with a 6” knife creating a 6” wide swath, and the final layer should be about 12” wide. Be sure that you wait until the previous layer has dried and lightly sand each layer before applying the next.

  • Filling Nail Holes

    After you have taken care of all inside & outside corners, and creases between drywall sheets, you need to fill in the dimples that we made when nailing. Fill nail dimples and any other dents in the drywall. Pack in a dab of compound, and then level the surface with the knife. Larger holes may require several coats.

  • Smoothing Edges

    After you have applied compound, give the final coat 24 hours to completely dry. Sand down the compound with fine sandpaper so that you have a completely smooth edge. Be sure that you remember to wear a dust mask so that you don’t breathe in the significant amount of dust that’s created!


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