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Spanish Subtitles Available
Certificate of Completion
Video Lessons · 2H 37M
1. Drywall Basics
Successful drywall installation requires mastery of the basics. Your instructor Lydia Crowder explains the necessities that go into properly setting up a drywall job, such as securing the right materials, getting on the same page with the general contractor, and advocating for yourself if you’re self-employed.
2. How to Bid a Drywall Job
Estimating the drywall footing and costs — is your first step to securing a drywall job. Lydia explains several methods for compiling a bid: using the site plans, going onsite and measuring yourself, or submitting the construction plans to your drywall supplier and having them determine your footing for you.
3. Prep: Pre-Drywall Inspections
Before installation can begin, you’ll need to work through a pre-drywall inspection checklist. Lydia reviews security measures like screw inspections, liability insurance, and bringing necessary electrical equipment.
4. Prep: Communication and Workflow
As a self-employed contractor, communication with the other builders is essential. Lydia walks you through common situations that may arise on the jobsite, like working with painters and carpenters, and even the proper protocol for bringing your dog to work.
5. Hanging Drywall: Overview
Learn the basics of hanging drywall like staggering joints, hanging bolts, and how to work thoroughly and tidily to set the finisher up for success.
6. Hanging Drywall: Screw Pops and Pre-V Butt Joints
Lydia shows how to fix screw pops. Also, learn how to pre-v butt joints using a razor blade.
7. Hanging Drywall: Things To Avoid
To avoid mistakes, it’s essential to take your time when cutting and routering can lights and electrical boxes, minimizing butt joints and breaking flats over boxes. Also, Lydia gives drywall tips like ensuring the router is set correctly at the back of the electrical box when cutting drywall for outlets.
8. Preparing to Tape
Before taping, Lydia checks the screws for clicking and resets them with a screwdriver, angles edges on butt joints using a razor blade, and looks for gaps or spaces in the drywall that need to be pre-filled.
9. Taping a Flat
Lydia demonstrates proper pan scooping technique and recommends using a rounded bottom pan for better grip. Also, learn how to tape a flat from butt to flat to angle, ensuring everything is neatly sealed.
10. Spotting Screws
Lydia shows how to spot screws with mud using fire tape, and how to correct shiner screws and clicks with a screwdriver so each screw is properly filled.
11. Taping Angles and Inside Corners
Learn how to hand tape a three-way angle, which is an inside corner where three sides meet. Here, Lydia works with angle mud and gives drywall mudding tips: the thinner the consistency, the better.
12. Installing Corner Bead
Lydia installs various corner bead materials: paper-faced metal, vinyl, metal, and paper-faced composite.
13. Drywall Tools: Hawk & Trowel, Pan & Knife
Lydia compares and contrasts using a pan and knife, which she prefers for everyday drywall tasks, to using a hawk and trowel, which are effective when spreading larger amounts of mud, creating texture, and working with plaster.
14. Mixing Hot Mud
Lydia shows how to mix Easy 5, a hot mud that sets quickly and is ideal for filling butt joints. Also, learn about the benefits of Easy Sand 45, which is good for large jobs as it takes longer to set and gives you ample time to prep your walls and ceilings.
15. Mixing Compounds
Lydia demonstrates mixing Plus 3 with a drill and whip, and how to use water to achieve the right mud consistency.
16. Basic Box: Taping Butt Joint
Lydia walks you through applying mud, hand-taping with paper tape, and working outward from the center of the tape with your knife to complete the task of taping the butt joint.
17. Basic Box: Taping a Flat
Lydia demonstrates applying mud, placing the paper tape from corner to corner, and how to re-mud and tape if you run into blistering on the walls.
18. Working on Stilts
Ceiling work calls for drywall stilts. Lydia explains how to set your stilt height with wingnuts and shows you proper stilt fitting and walking techniques to use them safely.
19. Basic Box: High Angles
Lydia applies mud to the ceilings and walls, then guides her paper tape along the angle where the two meet. She advises spotting the ceiling screws while you’re on drywall stilts, so you don’t have to go up and down all day.
20. Basic Box: Low Angles
Learn how to apply mud and tape to a vertical angle, smooth out wrinkles in the tape using your knife, and ensure all the tape from various flats and butt joints are smooth and enveloped together.
Who it's for: This course is for apprentices, contractors, and even homeowners who need a deep understanding of the basics of drywall, step by step. Students will walk away with a knowledge of drywall basics and how to apply them on the job. No prior drywall experience is required.
How to bid a drywall job
Taping a flat
Mixing joint compounds
How to drywall corners
Overall rating of 2 students
5 out of 5
Oct 09, 2022
5 out of 5
Apr 09, 2022
Very informative 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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