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Tricks Taping Drywall Seams

For the most part, you will need a 6-inch drywall knife, drywall paper tape, and drywall mud (spackle). In detail, you will probably also need drop cloths, work gloves, safety goggles, scissors, more. But for the taping part, the first three items are most important. Once you have all the necessary supplies, you can get started.

Begin by spreading a thin layer of drywall mud over the seam that connects two separate sheets or panels. Spread it to 1.5 inches on each side, and do not leave any bare spots. This can cause a bubbling effect!

Next, position a strip of paper tape along the entire drywall seam. Be sure the tape remains perfectly centered over the joint the whole way. Although you cannot see the seam because of the spackle, you can visualize where it is by remembering that you spread the mud evenly on both sides of the joint. (An inch and a half on both sides.) Use your knife to cut the tape.

Starting at the center (not at one end of the tape), use your drywall knife to press the tape down onto the mud so that it squeezes out from both sides of the tape. Smooth the tape out evenly using medium-soft pressure. Be careful not to move the tape from its positon; too much pressure can make it slide out of place. After a few go’s up and down using medium pressure, you can finish a few more times using firm pressure.