Sheetrock Tape Techniques Sheetrock Tape Techniques

What You'll Need
Sheetrock Tape
Drywall compound

Sheetrock tape is used to secure the joints between sheets of sheetrock without risking them breaking or becoming visible. Without taping, the joints may become noticeable once you have finished decorating the entire room. Applying sheetrock tape is actually very simple as long as you have the right tools and materials available. Sheetrock is actually a brand of drywall, so these instructions also apply to installing what is known as drywall tape.

Step 1 - Choose Type of Drywall Tape

The first thing that you will need to do is decide on the tape that you want to use. There are two main types of sheet rock tape. You can use fiberglass tape or paper tape. The paper tape is the type of tape that professionals use, but this is slightly more complicated to use. The fiberglass tape is self-adhesive and can be stuck on without the need for any jointing compound.

Throughout the rest of this guide we are going to be looking at how to use the paper based sheet rock tape. This needs to be used wet in order to be effective but does work very well. The purpose of the jointing tape is to prevent any cracks from showing through in the finished wall.

Step 2 - Applying Jointing Compound

Start by applying a drywall compound onto the joint and use a plaster knife to ensure that this is as smooth as it possibly can be. You must get rid of all of the air bubbles in the mix.

Now spread the paper tape with the jointing compound using the plaster knife. Once you have done that you can press it against the wall. If your tape has an adhesive then you will need to remove the backing first.

Step 4 - Fixing the Tape

Press the tape over the joint. Press and run the knife down the tape to get rid of any air bubbles that may be trapped inside. This will ensure that the tape is as smooth as possible. Scrape away any excess jointing compound which has been squashed out when pressing the tape against the wall.

Step 5 - Jointing Compound

Apply another layer of jointing compound across the top of the tape and use the knife to ensure that this is as thin as possible. The compound needs to spread a little wider than the tape so that it is completely covered.

Once you have finished this, allow the whole thing to dry overnight. Then use sandpaper to get rid of any lumps and then reapply another coat which stretches slightly further. Allow the whole thing plenty of time to dry again before sanding everything down for a final time.

When you've finished doing everything and allowed time to dry, you will then be able to paint or decorate the room however you want.

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