Tape & Bed

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All drywall seams need to have tape embedded in joint compound. The tape strengthens the joint, and the joint compound, or mud, is the adhesive that strongly hold the tape in place. Furthermore, there’s a lot more to hand-taping beveled drywall seams than slapping a bunch of mud on the wall and running tape. I’ll focus on the methods I use for taping beveled (or tapered) seams with the most common types of tape—paper, fiberglass-mat, and fiberglass-mesh.

Paper tape is the tape used most frequently by professionals. Fiberglass-mesh tape is a self-adhesive and is more popular with people who tape only occasionally, because it has a very light weight adhesive on it and you can run it out over the seams and then cover it with compound. This protects you from the juggling act of applying mud and tape simultaneously. Fiberglass-mat tape is at least as strong as paper tape and gets embedded in a similar manner but, like fiberglass mesh, is made from an inorganic material.

The Process

The process of taping and bedding drywall is done by applying paper or mesh tape to the creases or edges where the drywall panels meet. The tape can be added on the seam in multiple layers or until the two panels are adequately conjoined. Once the tape has been applied, the bedding process occurs, which essentially layers on a wet drywall paste to the seam to reinforce the tape. This wet mixture is then smoothed and excess paste is discarded or reapplied for a stronger layer and then dried before being sealed, primed, and painted

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Techniques

The techniques we use to tape and bed drywall seams is quite simple, but should be done with precision and in the right order to obtain lasting results. If taping and bedding are done without adequately sealing the seams of the drywall panels or ensuring that the taping is in the appropriate place, then the process is redundant and could potentially fail at sealing the seams between your drywall. Therefore, we always like to reinforce the tape with more layers of tape and allow significant time for the drywall mixture to completely dry after it’s been bedded. If the drywall mixture isn’t allowed time to dry, adding sealants or new paint to the top layer of it could cause the area to dry unevenly and can compromise the paint’s ability, once applied to the top of it.

Tools Needed

The tools needed to complete taping and bedding include a wet drywall mixture, similar to a clay or paste, paper or mesh drywall tape, a scraper that helps even out and remove excess drywall mixture, and the painting supplies to finish your walls with the desired paint color.

We provide all of the tools to accompany the project. If you have a particular paint color that you’d like us to add at the end, we ask that you provide this beforehand.

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Adjusting Drywall

If you have a drywall surface that has already been installed but was never properly sealed at the seams with tape and bedding, we are able to help reseal the area. When a drywall surface has not been sealed at the seams, the paint can easily seep through and make the space between the panels more obvious.

To adjust this, your walls will need to be repainted, but taping and bedding the surface will not damage the integrity of your drywall. 

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