Mud and Tape Drywall Corners – GardenFork


– Hey everyone, welcome to
part two of how to tape and mud drywall joints, or mud and tape. How to tape the joints,
it’s called sometimes. First part of our video we talked about how to do beveled joints
and how to do sanding. Dustless sanding, actually. There’s a link at the end of this show to watch the first show, or there’s a link right
below here as well. This is part two, we’re
gonna be talking about butt joints and corners. So to do an inside corner like this, we’re going to use paper tape. I like to use fiber
tape on regular joints. Corners, inside corners,
I like to use paper tape. And it has a built-in crease
in it here, you can see that. You can just pinch it like
this and it creases like that. Nice, huh? So we’re gonna put that crease in there. You wanna make this the
length of your corner. And then this is one
of those controversial tape jointing things. I like to moisten the
paper tape a little bit, I just like it to be a
little wet like that. That was our sponge, our magic sponge. The other tool we’re gonna
use is a corner knife. These aren’t cheap,
they’re not real expensive, but they’re a time
saver and a labor saver. So go buy one, or borrow one, maybe one of your friends has this. ‘Cause you use it maybe
once every five years, okay? Corner tool, really nice. Okay, we have our joint compound. Again, it’s the consistency
of cupcake frosting or really thick mayonnaise maybe. But we’re gonna, essentially
like with brick laying, we’re gonna butter the joint. So we’re gonna put it on both
sides of the corner like that. And then we’re gonna take
our paper tape and lay it in. By the way, I like these
gloves when working with this. And then I’m gonna add some
more mud on top of that joint. I might’ve put a little too
much mud below the tape. So there you go. Probably should’ve put a little
less on the first base coat. Lay this in, press in. Hold it at an angle and go down like that. It took off quite a bit. After this first patch, you can go back and just knock down that edge. This is what’s called an outside corner. That is an inside corner, we talked about that with the tape. Outside corners, I like
to use metal corner bead. It’s held in somewhere here. Alright, some drywall
screws, not too many. You want those flat as you can get them. I like this because if you
dig into this with the vacuum or your dog or moving furniture, it’s metal, and this gets
painted and it goes white or whatever color your wall is. But if you just use paper
here, it would crack and you’d have joint compound
and have to do a repair. The metal is more resilient. So this stuff comes in,
like, ten-foot lengths. It’s really sharp edges, okay? Be careful. Learn from me. So I’m gonna do a side shot here to kind of show you how this works. I don’t know if it’ll work in
the camera, we’ll find out. Bring this up. Put on more than you think
you need, it’s always okay. The cool thing about joint compound is you can always redo it. If it doesn’t look right you
can pull it off and do it over. It’s kind of like with, there’s
a big, what’s that called? The “undo” button on your computer. Joint compound is the big
“undo” button, alright? Clean blade, pull this up and over. Well, just pull it up. And this stuff on the
side, just scoop it off. The really small stuff, when it dries, you can just knock it down. See how it just covers right up those drywall screws that are in there? Then you just take your blade. And again, one part of your blade rests right on the metal edge there. (whispers) Oh, that’s really cool. Clean your blade, and you can fix this little extra part here. Just kind of favor,
you wanna feather this, so pressure on the sheet rock side and just angle it slightly, like that. Corners, pretty straightforward
with that corner tool there. Butt joints is another story. This is typical here, we had
some existing sheet rock, we added new sheet rock,
and you and your friends maybe didn’t get it perfect. You know, the ideal is
they line up like this, but it might’ve been a
little off like that. You get the idea here. So we wanna make this a
little more accepting, so we’re gonna do a
little trick I’ve learned, and that is to cut a bevel. Much like the sheet rock ends
are pressed in a little bit, we’re gonna cut a little bevel in here. You wanna get the sharpest
blade you have, utility knife. These are a little less reliable, these don’t slip as much. But we’re going to cut these edges, and we’re gonna cut an angle on them. So we have a really sharp blade. So instead of having these
hard right angles here, we’ve cut this bevel, so it’s gonna be a little
smoother going across. So I’m gonna lay in some mud in there, doesn’t have to be beautiful. And then I’m gonna lay in this tape. And I’m gonna lay some more mud on top, and that’s our first coat. So here’s our butt joint
that we did the bevel on and we put the fiber tape in. Just gonna knock down
the high points here. So for our additional coats,
we go beyond the feather. You know, we went from here to here, now we’re gonna go from here to here. So we bring out more junk. Take out the junk and throw it away. Then bring our blade up. So there you go. To find out how to finish
and sand these joints, see our other drywall videos. The link is right below
in the show notes here. But if you like what you’re seeing here, we put out videos every week,
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