about drywall taping tools

Finding the right drywall taping tools


Using drywall taping tools can make your home renovation or addition project go quickly and easily. Depending on the size of the area you will be drywalling you can choose to apply drywall tape and compound manually or with any number of automatic drywall taping tools. Either method is a great way to finish your drywall projects smoothly.

If you are taping your drywall manually, the most important tool you will need is a wide taping knife. It is ideal for applying drywall mud evenly over your seams. Drywall comes with depressed edges, so that the tape and mud will not create an unsightly bulge in your walls. This depressed edge is generally about 1 to 2 inches wide on each piece of drywall, so it is a good idea to have a taping knife that is at least 5 inches wide at the tip of the blade.

The wider your drywall taping knife is the more even your mud and tape application will be. Because drywall compound has a short drying time, it is important to have a smooth application the first time. This ensures that you will not create air pockets or "pills" of compound from drying mud which will make sanding difficult and will often require you to apply coat after coat to ensure a smooth finish.

Learning how to tape drywall

Taping drywall is not really all that difficult. Like any activity, learning how to tape drywall is a matter of learning the steps and practicing until you have a method that works for you. The first step in drywall taping is to apply a thin coating of drywall compound into the seam you are going to tape.

Next, apply the tape to the compound, using your drywall taping knife to help it stick to the compound. Be careful not to push too hard on the tape, as you may force the compound out from underneath. Once your tape is on, apply a thick but even layer of compound to cover it. Allow this to dry, and then use a hand sander or a power drywall sander to finish the surface.

Taping drywall is not just for professionals

Many do it yourselfers once used wood paneling in their renovations. But today's do it yourselfers are learning that taping drywall is an easy way to finish their walls, especially with the right drywall taping tools.




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