Battleford & Lloydminster Drywall & Taping
Installing drywall can be easy, but taping the joints between panels requires some practice. Some do-it-yourselfers install the drywall themselves, then they call The Tapers to finish the job professionally. It will make all the difference in the finished quality of your project. We are Saskatchewan’s drywall experts!
It is fairly simply to calculate how much drywall will be needed. The first step is to consider the access route. If you are doing your basement, is there a way to bring sheets in. Some stairwells will not allow for the bigger sheet to be moved into the basement. Some windows are large enough to allow for access. Measure your windows to see if they will allow for 48 inches then you can use the bigger sheets. This will make the drywall and taping much easier.
The most common size sheets are 4′ x 8′, 4′ x 9′, 4′ x 10′, and 4′ x 12′.
For walls, start at one end and measure across. Bring you tape to a stud that is near to the size of the sheets above. Then continue on until your reach the next largest sheet and write down the number and size of sheets for that wall. Make sure to measure all walls and ceilings.
For example, if a room measures 9 feet 6 inches, you will need a 10 foot sheet.
Measure a sheet for the top and bottom of the walls.
If a room measures 19 feet you will need a 12 foot and an 8 foot sheet x 2 to cover the wall.
When The Tapers do the finishing for you, we measure your walls for drywall and even order it in for you. When the drywall is complete we will come back and do the taping and texture. If you chose not to hang the drywall yourself we can do it for you as well.
If you would like a free quote on drywall and taping or any of our other services feel free to get in touch.
Taping will take longer than you think
The most common error home owners make when taping is thinking that it can be done on a single week end. It can be, but this would require high skill levels and special materials. Being a professional taper myself, it is not something I would recommend the do-it-yourselfers should try. Most skilled tapers can not pull it off. It will actual take 4 or more days to complete if you have the skills for it, longer if you are a beginner.
First you have to pre-fill – this means to fill any gaps, seems, holes or dents in the drywall
This step is very important, it makes a good strong base for your paper. This needs to be dry before you move on. Then you need to apply your paper to all corners and seems, this can be a bit tricky to get right. The paper needs to dry, then two coats of mud need to be applied with drying time between each coat and sanding. The first coat should be done with a 12 or 14 inch trowel, letting this dry in a basement could take several days. To begin the second coat, first sand everything to take of all edges. The corners need to be coated again to give them a finished look. Professional tapers will use pumps and flushers for this. Home owners will use a 5 inch putty knife. Coat one side of paper in your corners, allow to dry, and coat the other side. A 16″ trowel should be used to apply your final coat. This is a little tricky so take your time and make it smooth. Allow to dry and sand.
Spend the time on the pre-fill or prep work
No matter how good you are as a taper, bad or incomplete prep work will make taping harder than it has to be. It’ll also spoil a good taping job. Poorly installed corner beads will crack or work their way through the paint. Tape will peel, lift, and blister if cracks or voids in the drywall are unfilled and simply taped over. Improperly set screws and nails or inadequately fastened drywall will cause nail pops for years to come.
Mud comes in several types
The best for the do-it-yourselfer is an all purpose mud. This product can be used for all stages of the job and comes premixed. Premixed compound is not ready for taping when you open the pail. You’ll need to add a little water and thoroughly mix the compound to the desired consistency before using it for the first time and before you begin taping each day.
A room about 12′ x 12′ will use about two pails of mud. To keep the mud from drying out as you work, loosely cover the pails. At the end of the day, wipe down the insides of the pails and the bottom of the lid with a sponge to remove any dry chunks of mud. Otherwise, dried chunks of mud will fall into the mix and you’ll discover the little troublemakers when you’re spreading mud. Then lock the lids on tightly. Every new day of taping, remix the mud before using, adding water as needed.
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- Walls made of wood – the sheets of drywall will go long wise across the wall
- Walls made of steel – the sheets would stand on end long side top to bottom
- Always allow the drywall to pass over the top of openings such as doorways, then cut around the opening – this will greatly reduce cracks above doorways and windows
- The ends of sheets should have screws no more than six inches apart
- To cut drywall – score with a sharp knife then snap the sheet backwards from cut, this will make a 90 degree shape, then run your knife along the back seam to complete the cut