5 Tips to Finish Drywall 5 Tips to Finish Drywall

When it comes to being able to finish drywall, there is a small amount of skill that is involved. There are a few tools that you will need in order to get the job done well.

1. Type and Amount of Mud

Decide if you are going to be using hot mud or a powder mix to get the job done. Depending upon the type that you use can make the difference in just how hard it is to sand when you are done. You also want to measure out the amount of mud that you are going to need for the size of the project that you are working on. If you are to mix more than what you need keep in mind that it is better than not having enough. Trying to mix just a small amount of the batch is much more difficult than mixing a large batch of mud.

2. Stir Paddle

In order to make the stirring process a little easier, you may want to consider using a stir paddle. This can cut down on the time it takes to get things prepared and less stressful for you. It is important however to stir slowly to avoid air getting into the mix. If this were to happen, it can cause you to have air pockets in the mud which will show up as dips in your wall.

3. Use Compound

When it comes to the bedding and the topping compound, you may prefer to use a compound that is lightweight so that you can kill two birds with one stone so to speak. But, you may also find that if you use a topping for the bedding you may find that it is easier when it comes to sanding down which means that your cleanup process is going to go a lot smoother and a lot faster as well.

4. Keep Tools Clean

It is also important to remember that you keep your tools clean and dust free when you are not using them. If you start on a wall and get it finished, you will want to clean your tools if you are not going to start on another wall right away. It can not only ruin your tools but they can be rather difficult to clean if you allow your mud and other materials to dry on your tools.

5. Gather all Tools

Before you even get started, make sure that you have all of the necessary tools that you are going to need so that way you will not have to worry about stopping once you get started. This means that you should have your dry wall knives ready but you should also have a mask that you can wear while you are sanding down the joints and the mud once it is dry. These are not chemicals that you want to inhale. Also, wear clothes that you are not worried about getting dirty because of the dust that you will be working in.

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