Drywall Finishing

Learn how to achieve a level-3 drywall finishing job as your instructor takes you onsite and walks you through each stage from pre-filling to taping to boxing. 

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Lesson Plan

Video Lessons · 35M

  • 1. Overview

    Your instructor, Lydia Crowder, takes you on the jobsite to determine the materials, tools, and repair needs for a successful drywall finishing job.

  • 2. Pre-Filling

    Lydia demonstrates pre-filling the ceilings using hot mud. Learn how to pre-fill uneven boards, how to patch screw holes in drywall, and work overhead safely to prep your drywall job for taping.

  • 3. Compound Tube Prep

    Before you use your auto taper, you need to make sure your compound tube is lubricated so the machinery works. Lydia shows how to properly set up, fill, and use your compound tube for an effective taping job.

  • 4. Taping Flats & Butts

    Lydia tapes flats and butts on the ceiling using an auto taper while offering tips on running long tape, fixing a screw click or uneven board you might’ve missed during pre-filling, and using the creaser wheel on the auto taper.

  • 5. Taping Angles

    Lydia demonstrates how to use an auto taper for taping angles, then secures the tape with a roller and an angle head for the final glaze.

  • 6. Boxing Angles

    Learn how to box your angles. For a level-3 drywall finish, you only need to box once; but for a level-4 drywall finish and beyond, boxing twice is required.

  • 7. Coating & Picking Angles

    Lydia shows you how to go over the tape with a six-inch knife to coat and pick the angles clean, leaving crisp edges. Learn what to look for when inspecting your angles and how to achieve a level-3 drywall finish using light brushing.

  • 8. Boxes

    After your tape has dried, you can run a box over it to smooth everything out. Lydia shows you how to operate the box and how to maintain your box blades to achieve a clean, sleek drywall finish each time you use it.

  • 9. Patching Screw Holes and Installing Corners

    Lydia demonstrates how to patch screw holes in drywall by hand on your first coat. She then instructs you on how to drywall outside corners using paper-faced metal tape, taping mud, and a roller. Finally, she wipes off the excess mud, ensuring the tape is smooth and the angle is clean. These finishing touches ensure a high quality finish you can be proud of.

Who it's for: This course is for apprentices, contractors, and even homeowners who are ready to start drywalling and want to learn about the key processes, tools, and craftsmanship that goes into creating a quality finish. No prior drywall experience is required, but we recommend taking Lydia’s other three drywall courses first.

Key Topics

  • Drywall finishing

  • Boxing angles

  • Taping flats

  • Drywall outside corners

  • Patching screw holes

  • Achieving level 3 finish

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