If you are replacing walls in your home, finishing a basement, or adding a room to your home, it’s a good idea for you to learn how to tape sheetrock before you reach that fateful point in the work process. While this isn’t the most complicated of processes when it comes to building a room or creating walls, it is also not the simplest by far.
It is quite possible to do it incorrectly, which will only create many problems down the road. Taking the time to learn the proper steps and procedures involved not only with installing sheetrock but also when it comes to taping sheetrock will save you not only time and money but also a great deal of aggravation over time.
Sheetrock Taping Basics
Important first steps when it comes to how to tape sheetrock is to understand that there is much more involved than merely taping. Before you do anything you should make sure that you have enough joint compound and that you have thinned the compound down by adding a little water.
If you take the mud as it comes from the store it will be too thick to spread properly a good consistency for spreading is about that of pudding. Once you’ve obtained the desired consistency fill up your drywall pan and let’s get to work. You should have a 6” drywall knife for the purpose of spreading the join compound (also referred to as mud in many cases).
You want to make sure that you use plenty of mud, as there will be future problems in any areas that are not adequately covered. You should also take care to spread the mud evenly through the joints so there aren’t areas of too much or too little. Once you’ve finished mudding the joint you will then apply tape.
Once you’ve taped you should run your knife along the sides of the seam on both sides (you’ll want to use some pressure for this) in order to make certain that mud ‘oozes’ out on each side. If this doesn’t happen there will be problems later as a result of air bubbles. Then you will apply another layer of mud on top of the tape and use your drywall knife to create a smooth surface.
Correct Order for Taping Sheetrock
When learning how to tape sheetrock you should first learn that you should take care of details such as outlet boxes, cable outlets, notches, pipes, and any areas that may need some attention prior to addressing the taping of other areas. Once you’ve taken care of the problem areas for taping you will want to address the butt joints (these are the joints with straight edges rather than recessed edges that ‘butt’ into each other.
You will want to address them before the recessed ends because doing so will create a stronger bond. Recessed edges hold more of the joint compound, which makes them a stronger bond. You can actually score the edges of ‘butt’ pieces with a razor in order to create a recessed edge if you’d prefer the stronger bond all around. Once you’ve taken care of all butt edges you should take care of the recessed edges saving the angles for last.
This is a good general guide as far as how to tape sheetrock goes. If you follow the suggestions here you should have very little future problems as the result of your labor. Knowing what to do in many cases and doing it properly is the most important way you can insure that your work will last.