Quick Tip: Taping Drywall Joints

Taping drywall is the most important—and often the trickiest—step in the installation process. Follow these guidelines to render the seam between panels all but invisible.

Here’s a helpful tip for getting really smooth drywall seam. After you’ve laid the tape in a four-inch bed of joint compound, apply another thin coat of compound with a six-inch knife. Let it dry overnight, then add another coat with a ten-inch trowel. Feather the edges out with the knife. Smooth it out again with the ten-inch trowel and let it dry. Apply your third coat the same way, this time with a 12-inch trowel. Increase the size of your trowel with each coat, and you’ll be sure to get an invisible seam every time.

For more on drywall, consider:

Seamless Drywall Finishing
Quick Tip: Installing Drywall
How To: Finish Drywall Joints