Terms of the Trade: What Does Taping and Floating Mean? Terms of the Trade: What Does Taping and Floating Mean?

Taping and floating are processes done to drywall after it is hung on a wall or ceiling. The tape is applied over seams or joints, which gives the wall a smooth finish after paint is applied. Floating comes after the tape and is a layer of mud or joint compound to smooth out the lines of the tape on the drywall.

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