Train with a Pro
Spanish Subtitles Available
Certificate of Completion
Video Lessons · 35M
Your instructor, Lydia Crowder, takes you on the jobsite to determine the materials, tools, and repair needs for a successful drywall finishing job.
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.
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.
Drywall outside corners
Patching screw holes
Achieving level 3 finish
Overall rating of 2 students
5 out of 5
Sep 03, 2022
I think she did an awesome job at briefly explaining the various levels of finishing that being said I totally messed up and purchased the wrong lesson. I thought I got the one that was 2 1/2 hours....Read More...
5 out of 5
Apr 10, 2022
excellent instructor very easy to understand
Owner, Trinity Drywall
Lydia Crowder is a second generation drywall finisher. She started helping out her dad with the family business as a kid and quickly grew to love it. Her dad instilled a love for quality, craftsmanship, and sharing knowledge. She has over 18 years of experience in the field and runs Trinity Drywall with her husband Ryan. Together they finish over 500,000 square feet of drywall board a year: that's an average of a house a week. Lydia started sharing drywall tips and tricks on Instagram under the name DrywallShorty and the response was explosive. There is a huge lack of basic knowledge in the industry and Lydia has become a go-to for professionals and DIY-ers alike.
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