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Old 07-31-03, 09:19 AM
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What does the term "float" mean?
 
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Old 07-31-03, 09:35 AM
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In what context? Float a loan, float the concrete,...?
 
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Old 07-31-03, 09:54 AM
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float, as in drywall, mud, tape, etc.
 
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Old 07-31-03, 10:03 AM
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OK. Float and tape, mud and tape. The terminology goes on endlessly.

The term applies to applying the joint compound to the joint. Essentially, you spread the compound with a series of taping knives, starting with 6:, then 8/10" then 12" for the last pass. Each time you are trying to keep the work smooth, to reduce sanding. You are also trying to feather the application along the edges to blend it into the surrounding wallboard.

There are two or three items on this page about drywall installation. They might be helpful

http://www.doityourself.com/wall/index.htm

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