A simple tip today, but an important one.
When mixing your own joint compound, the consistency you should be aiming for is that of a thick honey/ peanut butter. The mud should be soft, but not runny.
The compound should stay on your blade when titled up to 45º.
Soon we’ll be taking a look at the various types of joint compound on the market and their uses. However, in today’s post we’re highlighting three oft overlooked materials/ pieces of equipment equipment that can make the difference when it comes to achieving a great finish.
Plastics: not only harmful to wildlife, but also to your finish. When mud dries it’s hard to remove it from your equipment, if you’re using a plastic pan, it can be near impossible. Dried compound will be mixed in with fresh the next time you use your equipment, creating lumps in the finish.
Types of Tape
Another piece of advice to set you toward achieving a professional-level finish: match the type of tape you’re using to the type of joint. Fiberglass mesh tape is self adhesive, therefore it is quicker to apply than paper tape, and you won’t get air bubbles forming underneath. Paper tape, on the other hand, is non-elastic which means that it will create a stronger joint–use for your butt joints to avoid cracks forming.
If you’re embarking on a DIY project whereby you’ll be installing sheets of drywall, you should invest in a drywall T-square (as opposed to a set square designed for carpentry)–it will give you a four foot straight edge, giving you a perfectly straight cut along the entire width of your gypsum board.
That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more DIY advice!
We begin our blog series with one of the simplest bits of DIY you can attempt: filling a small hole in the wall.
So you’ve decided that your current arrangement of paintings doesn’t quite capture the journey of passionate energy that you’re going for. No problem. The there is only one compound you’ll need to fill in the hole left when you take a nail or screw out: spackle.
Spackle similar to joint compound, but contains a significantly higher proportion of vinyl; it’s thicker and will set faster (and won’t be easy to sand once it has). Simply use the corner of a trowel or a knife to fill the hole with spackle, then wait for it to dry.
Once it’s dried you’ll want to paint over it, but we’ll leave the artistic decisions to you.
Expert advice: it’s like having a professional by your side, but for free. We’ve started this blog to pass along some of the knowledge we’ve accrued over the years. Stay tuned for the tips of the trade.