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Taping Drywall Tips

Practically in any room where the repair is done, there are jobs with plasterboard. And here, of great importance is the sealing of seams between drywall sheets. Carrying out this work, most people admit a lot of serious mistakes and quite often quite conscious – to save time or to earn more money.
The technology of sealing seams, at first glance, seems quite simple, but it is often used so that the entire meaning of the work and its effectiveness are completely lost.

Fixing with drywall taping

This is a fairly common method, which is used by many lovers of self-repair. The sealing of gypsum board joints involves the use of dry mixes only, which are diluted with water. It is inadmissible to use other materials that give a large shrinkage. This technology is, in fact, very simple and even primitive.

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If the joint is without chamfer: the seams between the sheets of plasterboard are carefully smeared with joint compound. Take reinforcing tape and with a clamp superimposed on top.
At once we’ll add that instead of tape it’s better to use a sickle (self-adhesive mesh).
Using a spatula, it must be pushed into the mixture. Then, when everything is dry, joint compound is put on top of it, which after drying should be wiped with a trowel, or using a grinder.
If the joint is chamfered: the seams between drywall sheets are filled with compound, after which the second layer is applied. The mesh is applied and pressed in, after which it should be allowed to dry completely. Then another layer is applied and ground.

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If the joint is chamfered: the seams between drywall sheets are filled with joint compound, after which the second layer is applied. The mesh is applied and pressed in, after which it should be allowed to dry completely. Then another layer is applied and ground.
Strangely enough, many novice masters do not know what seams are plugged in the plasterboard, and the materials are used most elementary. The sealing of seams on the walls does not differ from the closing on the ceiling.

Strangely enough, many novice masters do not know what seams are plugged in the plasterboard, and the materials are used most elementary. The sealing of seams on the walls does not differ from the closing on the ceiling.

Drywall taping tips DIY

The highlight of a quality seam seal is the excellent and thorough filling of the seam ditch with joint compound, the correct application of the serpent, good indentation, and complete drying. If you have not pressed the sickle badly, then, applying a superficial layer of compound, it will simply start to swell, and it will need to be cut in many places, which then have to be repaired.
Let’s stress: if the first layer is not properly dried, the grid will sag with rags, which will have to be removed. From all this, it follows that haste in this situation can only do much harm.

Highlight: if the first layer is not properly dried, the grid will sag with rags, which will have to be removed. From all this, it follows that haste in this situation can only do much harm.

Using Paper Tape

Paper tape for reinforcing gypsum board joints is not an ordinary paper tape. Firstly, it is reinforced with fiberglass, but the second quality tape has micro perforation, allowing air bubbles to escape from under the tape, and thereby create a better seam. It is this tape that is preferably used for reinforcing the seams. In general, the paper tape is more sturdy in combating with the mesh and keeps the normal loads during the movements of the drywall from moisture and temperature changes, which avoids cracks on the seams.
Since the paper tape does not have an adhesive layer, the grout is first applied directly to the seam, then the tape is glued, and the finishing coat of the compound is applied from above.

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Since the paper tape does not have an adhesive layer, the grout is first applied directly to the seam, then the tape is glued, and the finishing coat of the joint compound is applied from above.

We apply the filler in the same way as when using the mesh, evenly filling the seam.

We glue the tape on the compound layer, try to fix the tape in the center of the seam. We smooth the tape for gluing and bubbling. It is important that the excess compound would go away, but the necessary one did not come out. You can understand this only with experience.

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We close the tape with the finishing coat of joint compound. Do not overdo it, the layer should be thin, so as not to form a hillock on the wall.
This completes the reinforcement of the joint. Not much more difficult than using a grid, but much more reliable.

Taping Drywall Corners

A few more words about how to fix the corner joint.

Often do all sorts of complex designs of drywall. Here the metal profile for gypsum board, compound, and paper tape will come to the rescue.
Especially for an example, I will show on this small piece of drywall near the window, as it is done. Mark the holes for the profile and screw it to the plasterboard.

Just pass the spatula with joint compound one side of the joint, covering the profile, then do the same with the second side.

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Glue the paper tape to the putty.

We pass a layer of putty on top, trying to make the most smooth transition from the sheet to the edge of the metal corner, you can try to completely cover with putty.

That’s all, the corner is ready. For reliability, at the end of repair, it is necessary to glue a plastic protective corner so that the putty does not fall off from accidental shocks.

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