Drywall joint tape is an essential tool to contractors and builders because it helps smooth out the drywall surface and hide any cracks, joints, or nails that may otherwise show through. While the process of hanging drywall is a straightforward one that most homeowners don't mind taking on during do-it-yourself projects, the finishing process is somewhat sensitive.
If you fail to tape the drywall joints properly, you'll end up with a shoddy wall that detracts from the appearance of your house and belies the sturdiness of the wall itself. Follow these steps to create a professional and smooth drywall surface using Fibatape self-adhesive joint tape for drywall.
Step 1 — Gather Your Tools and Materials
If you've already hung the drywall in your construction area, you'll need to finish it by laying joint tape over the joints. Self-adhesive drywall tape is not the most common type of drywall tape amongst contractors, who often prefer the added control that a non-adhesive tape provides them. However, self-adhesive products are easier to use, and most amateur builders find that it's more effective for do-it-yourself projects at home.
Step 2 — Lay the Joint Compound
Work on each joint separately so that the joint compound does not dry or become messy. Begin by using a small drywall knife to lay a bit of joint compound over the surface of a joint. Run it fully along the length of the joint. Lay the compound evenly and smoothly along the length of the joint itself.
Step 3 — Stick the Tape Over the Compound
Beginning at the edge of the joint, center the tape so that it is split evenly between the two pieces of drywall and carefully lay it over the joint compound. Use your drywall knife to press the tape firmly against the compound. The tape should automatically adhere to the compound, but you may need to use your knife to clean up any excess compound that is pressed out the sides of the tape.
Step 4 — Smooth the Edges of the Tape
Using a drywall knife, smooth the edges of the tape so that it becomes less noticeable compared with the drywall pieces themselves. Utilize the joint compound to ease the transition between tape and drywall. Allow the entire area to dry for several hours, according to the instructions on the drywall compound.
Step 5 — Tape at the Corners
Taping corner joints can be a little tricky. In these cases, use your tape measure to find the length of tape necessary before you begin. Then, cut the tape prior to starting and fold it in half so that it's doubled over lengthwise. Repeat the process of laying compound and tape. Corners may require additional layers of compound in order to be completely smooth.
If you have any questions about the procedure or the materials involved with using Fibatape drywall tape, consult with a hardware specialist. Otherwise, you can congratulate yourself on a job well done!