Taping Drywall Guide for Beginners

When putting up drywall in your home, some people may not be well educated about all that is actually involved in putting up a wall. There’s more than just setting it up, and one necessary step that people seem to stumble with is taping the wall. So for those confused about taping, read the following steps involved in the taping process and find out how it should be done, and why it needs to be done.


The first thing you will want to be sure of is that you have the proper tools for this assignment. It’s not very hard to tape the seams in drywall, but it can be time consuming to do it well. If the walls are taped poorly, or not taped at all, then it will show even after they are put up and finished. They will look patchy and unprofessional. If you are worried about your own abilities to handle this task, then just contact a professional. Otherwise, continue reading for some good beginner’s advice.

The correct tools for this job are going to be a drywall knife, joint compound, sandpaper, and drywall tape. Do not use another kind of tape for this task. Drywall tape is specifically designed for completing drywall; hence the name.
Now, before you apply the drywall tape, you are going to want to put the joint compound on each joint of the drywall. Let the compound dry, and then use your sandpaper to smooth it out. It is after applying the compound to the drywall, letting it harden, and then sanding it all down, that you are ready to apply your drywall tape.

Next, you will need to tape the joints between the sheets of drywall, and then fill them with more of the drywall compound. Afterward, before the compound dries, smooth it out with your knife. After it dries, smooth it out again with your sandpaper. You will likely need to wait a day before you can sand it. If you want a polished and professional finish to your drywall, invest in a fine grit sandpaper to sand it over again. You may need to do this part multiple times, but the taping part is fairly simple.

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