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How to Do Drywall Hanging, Taping, and Texture

Updated: Apr 30

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Hanging, taping, and texture are terms commonly used in the construction and renovation industry, particularly when referring to drywall installation. Here's a breakdown of each term:


Hanging:

  • What it means: Hanging, in the context of construction, refers to the installation of drywall sheets on the walls or ceilings of a structure.

  • Process: Drywall sheets are typically large and heavy. The hanging process involves securing these sheets to the framing of the building using screws or nails. This creates a smooth and even surface for the next steps in the construction or renovation process.


Taping:

  • What it means: Taping involves covering the seams and joints between drywall sheets to create a seamless and smooth surface. It is a crucial step in the drywall finishing process.

  • Process: After the drywall sheets are hung, joint tape is applied to cover the seams. Joint compound (also known as mud) is then applied over the tape to fill gaps and create a smooth transition between adjacent sheets. The goal is to make the seams disappear, creating a cohesive and finished look.


Texture:

  • What it means: Texture refers to the surface finish applied to drywall after hanging and taping. This step adds a visual and tactile element to the walls or ceilings.

  • Process: Texture can be applied in various ways, depending on the desired final appearance. Popular textures include "orange peel," "knockdown," and "smooth." The chosen texture is applied using specialized tools or techniques to achieve the desired visual effect.


In summary, the process of hanging, taping, and texture is an integral part of creating finished and aesthetically pleasing walls and ceilings in buildings. It involves installing drywall, covering seams with tape and joint compound, and applying a texture for the desired look. Professionals in the construction or renovation industry are skilled in these processes to ensure a high-quality and polished end result.

 

The finished appearance of a wall or ceiling is largely dependent upon the quality of the framing job and the care exercised in applying the drywall panels. The better the framing and cladding, the easier it is to have a near-perfect wall. Once that is accomplished, the last remaining challenge is to finish the joints to meet your appearance expectations.

 

Drywall installers and finishers:
  • Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings

  • Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists

  • Cut and install metal corner beads to protect exterior corners

  • Fill joints, nail indentations, holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and broad knife

  • Tape over joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound

  • Smooth out excess compound and allow coat to dry

  • Apply successive coats of compound and sand seams and joints

  • Fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical and coffered ceilings.

 

6 Common types of drywall
  • Regular drywall, often called white board, is the most common type used in ceilings and walls in homes and commercial projects. ...

  • Mold-resistant drywall aka green board

  • Plasterboard.

  • Soundproof drywall.

  • Fire-resistant drywall Type X

  • VOC-absorbing drywall


 

Yes, there are several types of joint compounds used for mudding (or finishing) drywall. The choice of joint compound depends on the specific needs of the project. Here are some common types:

All-Purpose Joint Compound:
  • Description: This is a versatile compound that can be used for all stages of the mudding process, from taping to finishing. It comes in pre-mixed or powder form.

  • Use: Ideal for most drywall projects, both for embedding tape and for final coats.


Setting-Type Joint Compound (Quick Setting or Hot Mud):
  • Description: This type of compound hardens through a chemical reaction and sets much faster than the drying time of an all-purpose compound.

  • Use: It is often used for the initial coat over the tape (the "bedding coat") or in situations where a quicker drying time is required.


Topping Joint Compound:
  • Description: Topping compound is formulated to be lightweight and easy to sand. It is designed for the final coats to achieve a smooth finish.

  • Use: Best suited for the final layers to achieve a smooth surface. It is not typically used for embedding tape.


Lightweight Joint Compound:
  • Description: Similar to topping compound, lightweight joint compound is designed to be easy to work with and sand. It is less dense than standard joint compound.

  • Use: Ideal for the final coats, especially in situations where weight is a concern.


Ready-Mixed vs. Powder Joint Compound:
  • Ready-Mixed: Comes in a pre-mixed form and is ready to use straight from the container. Convenient but may have a shorter shelf life.

  • Powder: Needs to be mixed with water before use. It provides more control over the consistency but requires preparation.


Sanding vs. Non-Sanding Joint Compound:
  • Sanding: Designed to be sanded after drying to achieve a smooth finish. Suitable for projects where a refined surface is necessary.

  • Non-Sanding: Intended to be applied without the need for sanding. Often used for textured finishes where slight imperfections are acceptable.


The specific joint compound chosen depends on factors such as the project requirements, the skill level of the user, and the desired finish. It's common for multiple types of joint compounds to be used in different stages of the mudding process for optimal results.


 

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