Step 7: Tape and compound the seams

Conceal the new drywall patches with drywall tape and joint compound «»
Conceal the new drywall patches with drywall tape and joint compound. Cover all the seams between the new and old drywall surfaces with either paper tape or adhesive-backed fiberglass-mesh tape. Then finish the joints with two or three coats of joint compound. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next. Lightly sand the patch smooth, then rolled on a coat of primer.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • utility knife
      Utility knife, for scoring around casings
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar, used to remove casings
    • drill
      Drill/driver, for driving drywall screws
    • hand saw
      Handsaw, for cutting 1x4 blocking
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw, for cutting drywall
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife, for applying joint compound

    Shopping List

    1. ARCHWAY KIT

    2. ½-INCH FINISHING NAILS

    3. ½-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS

    4. DRYWALL

    5. 120-GRIT SANDPAPER

    6. PRIME AND PAINT

    7. DROP CLOTH