Step 4: Smooth tape

Installing Drywall
Photo: Allen Penn
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•Starting halfway along the joint, hold the 5-inch knife against the tape at a 25-degree angle to the wall.
•Pull knife to one end of the joint in a single stroke, smoothing the tape and pressing it firmly into the compound.
•Scrape excess compound from the blade into mud box.
•Return to the starting point and repeat in the other direction. (This technique prevents tape from pulling off wall.)
•Repeat Steps 2, 3, and 4 on remaining walls or ceiling.
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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