Step 2: Cover joints and screwheads

installing drywall
Photo: Allen Penn
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•Using 5-inch knife, fill mud box halfway with compound.
•Load the edge of the knife blade with about 2 inches of compound.
•Starting in one corner of the room, force the compound into the joints between sheets. When they’re completely filled, hold the knife at a 25-degree angle to the surface and smooth out the compound in a single pass.
•Scrape excess compound off knife and into mud box.
•Fill screw holes with a swipe of a compound-loaded knife.
•When all the joints and screwheads on a wall or ceiling are filled, go to Step 3.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
      for blending compound
    • drywall tape dispenser
      Drywall tape dispenser
    • swivel head pole sander
      Swivel-head pole sander with drywall sandpaper
      for smoothing first coat of compound
    • sanding block
      Sanding blocks
      for sanding corners
    • mud box
      Mud box
      for holding small batches of compound and cleaning knives
    • drywall knife
      5- and 10-inch drywall knives
    • mallet
      Mallet
    • drywall corner clincher tool
      Corner clincher
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vacuum

    Shopping List

    1. Medium-grit sanding screen or drywall sandpaper for smothing first coat of compound

    1. Fine-grit sandpaper for smoothing second and third coats of compound

    2. Joint compound

    3. Paper tape