Drywall Installation

Written by Mark J. Donovan

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Taping and Mudding

Again start withrepparttar ceiling. Apply a skim coat of joint compound overrepparttar 150711 surface of a seam using a 6 wide taping knife. Ifrepparttar 150712 seam is wide, apply a liberal amount of joint compound to fill it. Whilerepparttar 150713 Joint compound is still wet, applyrepparttar 150714 fiberglass tape overrepparttar 150715 skim coat of Joint Compound. Make surerepparttar 150716 seam is centered underrepparttar 150717 tape. Oncerepparttar 150718 tape has been installed, apply additional Joint Compound overrepparttar 150719 tape, again usingrepparttar 150720 6 wide taping knife. Continue this for all ofrepparttar 150721 seams. Note:repparttar 150722 tape will still be visible. Additional coats will eventually hide it.

The inside corners are usuallyrepparttar 150723 most tricky and require practice. Patience isrepparttar 150724 best advice and note that additional coats will be applied later to smooth out any imperfections. Oncerepparttar 150725 seams are done, usingrepparttar 150726 6 wide taping knife, apply mud to all ofrepparttar 150727 screw/nail dimples. A skim coat is all that is initially required.

Note: When applyingrepparttar 150728 mud overrepparttar 150729 tape and screw/nail dimples, make sure all excess material and uneven patches are smoothed down withrepparttar 150730 blade. This will reduce sanding later. Oncerepparttar 150731 ceiling is done, you can move on torepparttar 150732 walls. Repeatrepparttar 150733 same process, however withrepparttar 150734 outside corners just apply a liberal coat of joint compound torepparttar 150735 valley that is formed byrepparttar 150736 corner bead. This valley typically representsrepparttar 150737 first 3 or 4 inches fromrepparttar 150738 edge ofrepparttar 150739 corner.

Oncerepparttar 150740 first coat has been applied let it sit overnight or until it is dry, prior to startingrepparttar 150741 second application of Joint compound. Make sure to completely clean offrepparttar 150742 taping knife,repparttar 150743 mud easel and any other containers or instruments that have mud on them prior to finishing up forrepparttar 150744 day.

Applyingrepparttar 150745 Second Coat of Mud

Afterrepparttar 150746 first coat has thoroughly dried, it is now time to applyrepparttar 150747 second coat of mud. It is this coat that should hiderepparttar 150748 tape. Again, start withrepparttar 150749 ceiling. Usingrepparttar 150750 wider taping knife apply a generous amount of joint compound overrepparttar 150751 taped seams as you want to build uprepparttar 150752 area overrepparttar 150753 tape. Taking large strokes smoothrepparttar 150754 joint compound overrepparttar 150755 tape applying more pressure torepparttar 150756 side ofrepparttar 150757 taping knife further away fromrepparttar 150758 tape. This will help to leave more mud overrepparttar 150759 tape. When complete,repparttar 150760 mud should cover an area that extends beyondrepparttar 150761 width ofrepparttar 150762 tape by 2 to 3 inches.

Afterrepparttar 150763 seams have all been completed, apply a second coat of mud overrepparttar 150764 screw/nail dimples. With this second coat, flare outrepparttar 150765 mud overrepparttar 150766 dimples such thatrepparttar 150767 diameter ofrepparttar 150768 mudded area is about 3-4 inches in diameter.

Forrepparttar 150769 inside corners a Corner knife may come in handy. Corners involve a little artistry so again take your time. Apply a generous amount of joint compound and then runrepparttar 150770 Corner knife downrepparttar 150771 corner starting fromrepparttar 150772 top. Take long, even strokes. A 6 taping knife may also be helpful to smooth out any imperfections. Forrepparttar 150773 outside corners, usingrepparttar 150774 broad taping knife apply a generous amount of joint compound and flare outrepparttar 150775 material such that it extends out 6 inches or so fromrepparttar 150776 corner. Again, apply more pressure torepparttar 150777 blade side that is further away fromrepparttar 150778 corner so that you leave more mud nearerrepparttar 150779 outside corner.

Oncerepparttar 150780 second coat has been applied let it sit overnight or until it is dry, prior to startingrepparttar 150781 final application of Joint compound. Make sure to completely clean offrepparttar 150782 taping knife,repparttar 150783 mud easel and any other containers or instruments that have mud on them prior to finishing up forrepparttar 150784 day.

Applyingrepparttar 150785 Final Coat of Mud

Afterrepparttar 150786 first coat has thoroughly dried, it is now time to applyrepparttar 150787 final coat of mud. It is this coat that requiresrepparttar 150788 most artistry andrepparttar 150789 least amount of joint compound. Here you are simply applying a final skim coat torepparttar 150790 already mudded areas.

Prior to applyingrepparttar 150791 skim coat it is best to take your wide taping blade and lightly pass overrepparttar 150792 mudded surfaces. This will remove any bumps or ridges.

Again start withrepparttar 150793 ceiling seams and apply a small amount of joint compound usingrepparttar 150794 broad taping knife. Again continue to flare outrepparttar 150795 seam by extendingrepparttar 150796 mudded area such that about 6 inches resides on each side ofrepparttar 150797 now invisible tape. Remember this is a skim coat so little mud is required. The purpose of this coat is to effectively fill in any lines or recessed areas.

Afterrepparttar 150798 seams have all been completed, apply a final coat of mud overrepparttar 150799 screw/nail dimples. With this second coat, flare outrepparttar 150800 mud overrepparttar 150801 dimples such thatrepparttar 150802 diameter ofrepparttar 150803 mudded area is about 6-8 inches in diameter. Forrepparttar 150804 corners userepparttar 150805 broad taping knife and add just enough mud such that you can flare outrepparttar 150806 mudded surface area to about 8-12 inches, taking care to filling in any lines or dimples. Oncerepparttar 150807 final coat has been applied let it rest overnight or until it is dry,


Sanding is a very dusty and dirty mess so please uses goggles and a mask.

I find it best to use a pole sander with an open screened sand paper material specifically designed for sanding sheetrock/drywall mud. Lightly sand all ofrepparttar 150808 taped areas, however concentrate sanding onrepparttar 150809 outer edges ofrepparttar 150810 mudded areas such that all seams and ridges are eliminated and blend intorepparttar 150811 main surface areas.

Once sanding is complete, vacuum uprepparttar 150812 dust and you are ready for priming and paintingrepparttar 150813 walls and texturingrepparttar 150814 ceilings.

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Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. Mr. Donovan's formal education and profession have been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.

What type of Gazebo is right for you? Top Questions you need to ask

Written by Dion Semeniuk

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What choices do I have for size?

Most gazebo manufacturers make three specific sizes. First, you haverepparttar smaller size, which measures 7.5 x 6.5-feet, followed byrepparttar 150063 family size that is 11 x 9.5-feet, and finally,repparttar 150064 grand size that is 18 x 15.5-feet. Now keep in mind that you can also buy plans to build your own gazebo or hire a professional to construct one that is custom made if you want a smaller or larger size. Additionally, with these options, you can add features that you might not get with a standard type gazebo, such as windows, special molding, wider steps, benches, and so on.

What arerepparttar 150065 advantages ofrepparttar 150066 different type material?

The last ofrepparttar 150067 five questions to ask when considering a gazebo has to do with material. In most cases, three types of material are used, which include pine, cedar, and vinyl. Forrepparttar 150068 pine, this is pressure treated and extremely strong. Because of that, it will last a lifetime and most are guaranteed against termite and rot damage. Cedar is also a very popular choice in that it looks beautiful and is naturally resistant to termites and rot. However,repparttar 150069 cedar generally looks nicer when stained or painted so there would be minor upkeep. Finally, vinyl is a low maintenance material that is strong and sometimes covered with treated pine. That means while you pay less for a vinyl gazebo, you still getrepparttar 150070 beauty and sound structure ofrepparttar 150071 pine option.

Dion Semeniuk is a proud owner of a beautiful backyard and has helped with others in their landscaping needs and gazebo choices. To learn more about what Gazebo is right for you, visit http://www.gazebo-directory.com

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