10 Jun 10 Drywall Taping Tips for 2019
If you’ve bought a bucket of joint compound and have little experience with drywall taping then you should follow these 10 pro tips to improve your skills. This guide is made to give results similar to professional drywall services.
- Cutting Drywall
When you cut drywall, you deeply mark one side and push it apart and then cut the siding. If this method leaves you with a frayed edge, wrap an expanded piece of metal around a 2 x 4 piece of 12 to 18 inches and fix the metal with a pair of screws on each side. Slide the 2 x 4 piece along the frayed edge continuously to smooth and square the edges. If you cut a piece of drywall that is a little large for the required area, you can use this tool to shave the panel and adjust it to the desired size.
- Sand Drywall
To sand drywall in areas where you want to avoid creating too much dust, simply run a sponge soaked in water over the area in large, consistent circles. Be careful not to wet the area too much. This will cause the dust to clump and fall on the ground.
- Patching Drywall
When patching drywall, make the hole as close as possible to the nearest beam, so you can firmly secure the new patch.
- Gypsum or Drywall Panels
Gypsum or drywall panels normally come from 10 x 20 cm to 1.20 x 2.40 m. The latter, due to its size, require less work, however, it tends to break more easily and requires an assistant for installation and transportation. As for the thicknesses, we can find them from 50mm to 2cm, with 1.2cm being a popular choice.
Gypsum sheets can include other additives or attributes that make them resistant to moisture, making it a good choice for bathrooms and kitchens. We can also find fire resistant plates, and other composite plates, depending on the regulations and needs of each region. Because gypsum panels are susceptible to damage by moisture and extreme heat, it is best to keep them clean, dry and at a moderate temperature between 4 to 35 degree Celsius. Remove the plastic protection and stack the panels until their application. When replacing drywall, always use panels with an equal or higher rating for sound, fire and moisture resistance.
- To Obtain an Airtight Seal on Drywall Joints
If the job requires an air tight seal on the drywall joints, make a sloping cut on the drywall with a sharp blade to minimize the space between the panels.
- Air Bubbles
The bumps on the surface of drywall are air bubbles caused by excessive mixing or not mixing the joint compound enough. To remove the bubbles, apply pressure with a joint knife until the bumps disappear. If you didn’t notice the protrusions until the wall has dried, you’ll have to cover the bubbles with joint compound and sand the surface to make it smooth.
- Removing the Texture of Drywall
To remove the texture of drywall, wet the wall with a spray bottle to loosen the material. Next, use a spatula with a flat, wide blade to remove the texturing material. Use only enough water to loosen the material and avoid damaging the wall. If you marked the panels with the spatula blade, resurface the area with joint compound.
- Micro Perforated Tape
The micro perforated tape, in addition to being more resistant, is also the most difficult to use for informal DIY. The main difficulties faced are bubbles that appear after painting through the union of plasterboards. It requires the filling of joint to hide the tape. To avoid this, your mixture or bonding compound should be thick and wet, rather than thin and liquid.
Clean the wall or ceiling that will hold the panels. You must remove nails, screws, and even old drywall to allow new ones to be placed properly on the crossbars.
- Cut and Place the Drywall
It’s essential that the ends of the panels meet a piece of the crossbeam or beam to be fixed to the structure. If this doesn’t happen, measure the distance to the center of the nearest support piece and cut the drywall with a blade to ensure that the end of the panel meets the joint. Add glue along each junction of the crossbar over which the drywall will be placed, and adjust it starting at one corner.
PRO TIP: It’s recommended to work in rows while starting from the corners. Marking all the crossbars, either using a beam detector or tape marks on the floor, gives accurate end results.