Drywall Taping Tips

Many homeowners are happy to hang drywall by themselves. But when it comes to taping and finishing, yet, most feel less courageous. Taping drywall or sheetrock to create a professional finish at home, is one of the most difficult, important and extremely time consuming job.

We all have watched professionals on TV and social media tape walls and apply compound in minutes. A few quick passes with a drywall knife, then a quick sanding and the job is done. For this reason, we buy good tools and think that getting a smooth, even finish is going to take us just some hours.

The main problem that you will face when taping drywall is – a lack of experience. The professional tapers, have been doing it for years and if you did drywall taping for 10 or 20 years 5 days a week, you too would develop your own technique and be an expert! But drywall taping it’s not only about smoothly putting a compound. A skilled taper can hide a lot of mistakes left behind by drywall installers and framers. Nonetheless, a bad taping job can cause trouble for painters and trim carpenters.

Here are few taping routine tips.


1. Attention to corners!

Make sure that the drywall is properly attached. First thing to remember before you start your taping project, make sure that the drywall is properly attached to the framing studs. If the corners of drywall are damaged and stick out from the surface, they must be removed. The tape and drywall mud won’t hold pieces of dangling drywall in position. The metal corner beads for the outside corners of drywall should be in position and properly fastened over the corners.

2. Work with Fiber Mesh.

In the next step of your taping project, you will need to work with fiber mesh. Installing fiber mesh saves good amount of time, because it’s self-adhering. Fiber mesh allows mud to pass right through it, so you don’t need to fill cracks and gaps in the drywall before you install the tape. How to work with it? All you need to do is roll it onto the wall and trim it off with a 6inch taping knife. Tape over all the joints, large gaps, holes larger than 1/8 inch and both sides of the outside corner beads. You also will need mesh in inside corners, if you have areas with a gaps larger than 1/8 inch.


3. Mixing the Setting Compound.

Cover all the tape with prepared setting compound using a 6inch taping knife and apply enough mud to fill the gaps under the tape. Setting compound dries rock hard, shrinks less than regular joint compound and doesn’t sand easily. So thinner the coats the better. Be careful, If you sand through the joint compound into the setting compound the result could be notably different on the two areas.

4. Applying Joint Compound.

Before applying joint compound, don’t forget to knock off any ridges or crumbs left over from working with setting compound. Using a 14 inch taping knife, spread a thin coat of joint compound on the butt joints. The goal of applying mud is so the walls end up smooth. Taping knives are flat and flexible. Use enough pressure to apply the joint compound without having wrinkles. But be careful not to apply too much pressure that you remove the layer completely. To see how taping knife angle and pressure work together, we suggest to practice. Use different pressures and angles of the knife during the joint compound application.


5. Top-Coat the Corner Tape

To top-coat the corner tape, use a corner trowel. However, corner trowels can be tricky to work with. One of the tips we can suggest is to not put too much mud. By applying too much mud, will round out the corners, which is going to make it difficult to install trim. Always start at the top of an inside corner from the ceiling, then go back to apply another pass and smooth out the excess left behind. After all the tape has been covered, go back and clean up each side of the tape with a 6 inch taping knife. This step takes skill, practice and time. Also remember to fill all the screw holes! With a 6 inch taping knife make two passes not only over every screw hole but also the screws on the ceiling. Last, before call it a day don’t forget to set up some fans to help speed up the drying period.

6. Final Coating.

The topping compound will work better for your final coating. It is easier to work with and it won’t leave behind air pockets. As you probably guessed, the farther the mud is feathered out, the less noticeable the joint will be. Once again, don’t forget to set up some fans so you can move on to the sanding project.


7. Another tip is to wear the same clothes during your taping project, especially when you’re finishing. Joint compound and finishing work is very messy to deal with, so just expect to get dirty.


To summarize, drywall taping could be a nightmare for unexperienced homeowners and if you decide that this difficult and important job better to be done by a professional, we encourage you to Call Us! Our pro and skillful tapers with many years of experience, fast and easy will turn your nightmare into a beautiful fairy tale. Contact Us Today for a FREE quote! But if you want to try to tape on your own, hope our tips guide you through it.

What you need to know about Drywall Installation

After reading many blogs about drywall installation, it certainly seem like a simple process and easy enough to do it by yourself. When you’re planning a renovation or remodeling of your home, you need to think not only about time, labor and budget but a proper installation as well.

First of all, a correct drywall installation is very important. For example, you need to start hang the drywall from the ceiling, then the walls. Watch out for bowed joists and any other irregularities. Because seriously curved framing will require you to use drywall shims. Shims are a long strips of 1/8 or 1/16 inch thick cardboard, to level it up.

After you finish with ceiling and start installing drywall on the walls, remember about electrical cables and boxes. Electrical cables that run through walls and ceiling framing need protection. If you not careful, you can pierce it with a drywall nail, creating a fire hazard. You will need to install self-gripping steel protection plates to do the trick.

Another factor you need to consider, buying materials and tools. In order drywall installation process goes smoothly, it will require you to have a quality tools. And good quality tools can be expensive. Of course as an option you can rent them through a tool library. As a result, all the costs will greatly add up by the time your project is done. Not to mention, buying drywall could end up an expensive matter as well.

When you turn to internet in hope to find a better price for drywall, you most likely to find many major construction supply stores. But don’t get fooled, these retailers prey on your inexperience. By buying materials in small quantities, you will pay a big retail price.

To summarize this simple at first but stressful process in the end, drywall installation could be a nightmare for a first timers. To save you from this horror you can employ a professional drywall company. A construction company with many years of experience like ours, will skillfully and professionally make the drywall installation process fast, clean and exceptional.The reason we have only the most knowledgeable employees is to make your life easier. After all, our specialists spent countless hours and years perfecting their trade to offer the best service quality at accordance with all Province and Local Building Codes. The price for materials that we include in our quotes are wholesale price, which will allow your budget not going overboard.

Have a question about your project? Contact Us and get a free quote today! We will be happy to save you from your construction nightmare.   

Mould resistant drywall in the home.

Mould/moisture in the home.

At drywalltaping.ca we often get a lot of questions relating to the installation of mould resistant drywall for bathrooms and basements used in both residential and commercial buildings that are designed to meet safety codes and standards. 

To help remove some of the mystery and answer some of these inquiries, there are a few basic things that you need to know.

For instance, common sense will tell most of us that mould resistant materials would be the best choice when constructing or renovating your new basement or bathroom project. It’s obvious that these areas are prone to extreme temperature or seasonal weather changes.


With these temperature or seasonal changes, your home may be in danger of cultivating harmful mould and mildew that could put your family or pets health at risk. 


While there are a few methods to prevent the growth of such unwanted biology projects growing behind your walls, it is best to consult a trusted contractor who specializes in the safe removal of mould infested areas and the installation of new mould and moisture resistant ones to ensure you have that all important piece of mind.  At drywalltaping.ca, we are knowledgeable on the various building materials that work best to prevent these common household issues.

To ensure that the formation of unwanted moisture or harmful mould is eliminated in your home, feel free to contact us at 647-693-9936 or visit us at drywalltaping.ca

Drywall Contractor and Drywall Company

If you are reading this blog post there is a good chance that you have been considering picking up the phone and connecting with a trustworthy contractor capable of bringing your home improvement dreams to life.  If those dreams happen to require the need for drywall installation, then you have come to the right place.

To make sure your drywall needs are met, some vital information is required to ensure we are able to provide you with the appropriate service keeping within the designated budget you have determined for this project.




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Typically, we will require you to provide us with a copy of your construction plans or drawings (to do the takeoffs) and it is important for you to let us know at what stage of construction your project is currently in.  This information will allow us to look into the specifications and codes determined by the municipality for which you reside.  For example, will your project require the installation of fire-rated drywall or will your walls need to be soundproofed?





When you have provided us with the necessary information, we will arrange a suitable time to meet on site and will then compare the structural drawings to the current framing of your home or office.  After surveying the location and measuring the scope of your project we will provide you with an estimate free of charge.

Once you have decided on a start date, our dedicated team of general contractors, builders and property managers will work hard to ensure that your project is brought to life.

To set up you initial consultation or to inquire about your drywall needs, please call us at 647-693-9936 or feel free to visit us at drywalltaping.ca

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Improved soundproofing options


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We all want to have a quite bedroom without noise from our lovely neighbours. Bailey Metal Products Ltd today came up with new and improved bailey rc plus resilient channels that can reduce sound transfer form one area to another with minimal use of space. If you are drywall contractor that looking to build a soundproof wall you should follow the link below to see instructions on how to build a proper soundproof wall. If you are a home owner and would like to hire drywall company to do the work, you can call or email us and we will provide you with a free of charge quote and we can defiantly build it for you.

from here: http://www.bmp-group.com/docs/default-source/resource-library-literature/rc-plus-feature-sell-sheet.pdf?sfvrsn=0

DRYWALL CORNER BEAD, REVEAL & METAL TRIMS. D-100, D-200, D-300, D-400, 4411

This Drywall Corner Bead, manufactured using sturdy zinc-coated steel,
provides excellent protection to external corners. The holes and knurled
surface provide an excellent “key” for the joint compound. This Corner Bead
can be applied either With nails, screws or clinch-on tools.D-100-90

This Drywall Corner Bead was specifically designed to provide protection to
external 130° wide angle corners. 130° Corner Bead is available from stock with
1 1/4″ or 1 1/8″ flanges. (This is to fit 135° corners)D-100-130

For use with 1/2″ and 5/8″ Wallboard
This Drywall Trim provides a neat finish and solid protection to gypsum
wallboard at window and door jambs where wood trim is omitted. Holes in the
flange provide a “key’ for the joint cement.


This Drywall Trim is designed to provide crisp clean reveals around openings or at ceilings and floors The holes and knurled surface provides an excellent “key” for finishing with joint compound. For use with 1/2″ drywall to provides 1/2″ or 5/8″ reveal.D-300

Provides edge protection at window and door openings, and Where
wallboard butts against concrete or other materials. Finishing cement is
optional. (For use with 3/8″, 1/2″ or 5/8″ wallboard)D-400

A tapeable steel casing that provides maximum protection at door and
window jambs. Quickly installed by nailing through channel and board into
the jamb or framing, (For use with 1/2″ or 5/8″ wallboard)D-1144


All the info is taken from Bailey Metal Products Limited.  http://www.bmp-group.com/


Top 10 Things You Should Know About Drywall

DrywallAre you starting a new project that includes drywall installation and taping? Here we’ve got 10 tips to share with you. Drywall is typically the phase when the rubber meets the road. If items like framing, HVAC and plumbing weren’t thoroughly planned and installed, the drywall phase is when a lack of adequate execution or a miscalculation becomes obvious. Drywall is one of the hardest trades to master; it takes a steady hand and a well-experienced eye. Here’s our top 10 things to know about drywall before you start.  Share this advice with your friends on twitter and facebook.

1. 5/8” or 1/2” Drywall?

5/8” GWB (Gypsum Wallboard) is always a better move than ½” GWB for thickness- it’s stiffer and hides framing imperfections. Nothing makes up for a day or two of extra work with long levels flattening walls and ceilings and checking for other framing problems that will become evident only at the end of the project when all the interior lighting is in place. Also 5/8” GWB may be necessary for fire rated walls.

2. Reflective Lighting

Reflective light (i.e. off adjacent bodies of water, like pools or ponds) can create visually unpleasant washes of light that show every imperfection. In this case it is best to go full mud-coating and sand over complete surfaces that will get reflected light.

3. Watch for Dust

When you’re sanding compound off of drywall, the dust will flow everywhere. Before sanding drywall seal off any vents and turn off the air conditioning so it doesn’t draw into the systems. When you’re ready to sand drywall, there’s a good chance that there will be dust. If we are talking about only one isolated room in a house, put a plastic drop cloth at the doorway. If you don’t want any dust, you can use sponges. The sponges will have to dry, though.


4. Cabinets and Drywall

Double-check wall and ceiling flatness during taping wherever cabinets meet drywall. Once cabinets are installed, an uneven wall or ceiling becomes all the more evident (even with scribes).

5. Doors and Drywall

The devil is in the details. We strongly believe, anything that can reduce the visual signs of a wall assembly, is better.  This requires that the interior doors be installed prior to drywall, and we’ve learned, they need to be secured well so they don’t shift (or get shifted) during drywall hanging.

6. Minimize Seams in Drywall

Start by hanging the drywall sheets vertically. If, lets say, the height of the ceiling is 10 feet, and you use the 8-feet drywall; there’s still a 2-foot section missing, so you add a 2-foot piece on top. On the next wall adjacent,  put the 2-foot piece on the bottom and then the 8-foot piece of drywall on top, so that there is no one line going horizontally around the room; you want it to be staggered.

7. Consider Layers of Drywall

Thicker drywall offers a better measure of sound abatement and will also give you a much more rigid wall. Two layers of drywall will help to hide any sort of imperfections you may have and give a more rigid surface for finishing.

8. Keep Drywall Dry with Vapor Barrier

A good thing to have on your exterior wall is vapor barrier. The moisture can cause mold and the vapor barrier will keep it from  penetrating the back of the drywall. If you don’t do the vapor barrier and you have a large exterior wall, you can get a mildew buildup behind the drywall, and then sometimes you’ll get that little browning or blacking effect in the areas.

9. Take Pictures of Drywall

Get a camera and start taking picture of the drywall installation process. In the future it will help you to identify several helpful things things, such as electrical wiring and plumbing pipes. Having this information to look back at is very valuable.


10. Drywall is white

So don’t wear black to site visits.

Planning a renovation or a new drywall installation project in Toronto? Give us a call 647-693-9936


What Is Drywall? Choosing Drywall Contractor in Toronto

Sometimes called plasterboard, gypsum board or sheetrock, drywall is one of the world’s most common materials used in construction. The majority of homes in the USA, Canada and Europe that are not brick clad have drywall interior walls and ceilings and even most brick homes have drywall ceilings and some drywall separation walls. What is drywall and what makes it so popular?

What is Drywall?

Drywall comes as the result of the development of the building industry. For hundreds of years, for smooth interior finishing builders used plaster, which was made from lime, sand, animal hair and other ingredients. With time, bright minds discovered that gypsum dried faster than lime, so gypsum became the main ingredient in plaster. However it wasn’t until the late  20th century, that someone decided to make a sandwich from two layers of paper and a layer of gypsum, thus creating prefabricated sheets of drywall, which began to replace traditional wet plastering.

Today, drywall comes in standard sizes and thicknesses. The drywall sheets used in Canada  are usually 8, 10 feet long and ½ inch or ⅝ inch thick.The latter is considered fire rated. The sheets are heavy and brittle and care must be taken when handling them. Straight cuts can be made in drywall simply by scoring through one outer paper layer and snapping off the unwanted excess.

Drywall is applied to walls and ceilings using special drywall nails or screws, which penetrate the gypsum without shattering it and hold the heavy sheets firmly with their wide heads.

Drywall nails and screws are sunk just beneath the surface of the drywall. After it is installed, the indentations and seams are filled using special plastering compound. This process is called taping and mudding.

Choosing a Drywall Contractor in Toronto

Professional drywall contractors in Toronto make their job look easy. However that’s only because they do it every day for many years. Technically the process is straightforward and can be done by anyone, but if you need to install and tape drywall for anything larger than a very small home renovation project, it’s better to let the professionals do the job for you. Aside from having the expertise to create a smooth finish, professional drywallers know the best techniques and materials to use in any given situation. Wet areas, for example, require special products and techniques.

Can’t decide whether to try your hand at drywalling or hire a professional? Use the form on the right side of the page to get a quick free quote to see how much a professional job will cost. The quote includes labor and materials, so you can better compare the price of doing it yourself and having the job professionally done. When calculating your DIY costs, don’t forget to include all the materials you will need for the job, including tools and the cost of hiring equipment to hold the drywall in place on the ceiling while you fix it and a ladder, if needed. Don’t forget to include some extra materials in case you make some mistakes. All professionals add 10%, you will probably need to add extra 20%, since in the case of miscalculation the delivery will cost you much more. When you add it all up, you’ll probably agree that it’s well worth letting the drywall experts handle the job for you.

Planning a renovation or new construction? Give us a call 647-866-0201


History Of Drywall Taping Tools

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Here is a short history of automatic drywall taping tools in Toronto, GTA and all over Amerca.

In 1939, brothers Robert and Stan Ames started experimenting with new ways of finishing drywall in Georgia. They were painters and plasterers who came up with the Corner Shoe, which was the first of a long line of drywall tools. The Corner Shoe applied joint compound to seams using air pressure and a long hose. Ames brothers came up with the pre-curser of today’s Bazooka (automatic taper) in 1945. This first taper was battery powered and weighed more than 100 pounds when fully loaded. In 1951 Ames brothers introduced the first drywall boxes and nail spotters. In 1954 the automatic taper was invented by Robert Ames. The Ames brothers sold their company, Belmont Manufacturing of San Carlos California and its patents for $5.2 million dollars to Bliss and Laughlin Industries from Illinois in September of 1962. The company was renamed Axia Incorporated in 1982. In October 1984, Axia was acquired through a leveraged buyout by affiliates of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., certain members of senior management, and other investors.

Tape Tech Tools had been operating from Redmond, Washington. In 1982TapeTech joined with Axia. TapeTech Tools and Ames Taping Tools Systems are wholly owned subsiduaries of Axia. Axia is a subsidiary underAmes Holdings. Ames Taping Tools were primarily involved in the rental and servicing of drywall tools. Tape Tech markets and sells the Ames drywall tools in a golden colour. Ames was in bankruptcy filing in December, 2009 for Chapter 11 protection with a debt of $161 million. In July 2010 they were converting to Chapter 7 liquidation. They have re-surfaced and still renting and selling tools. Ames is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia

Tapeworm – Tapeworm Automatic Taper by Murco Wall Products was the first brand of automatic taper available for purchase in 1977. Murco Wall Products have stores in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Alabama, and California, and still market their silver coloured Tapeworm Tools.

Columbia – Columbia Taping Tools got its start in 1979 when Bernie St. James was involved in Nanaimo Tools then Tornado Tools. Bernie was making tools out of his garage on Vancouver Island at Columbia Beach (near Parksville) and changed the name to Columbia Taping Tools. They are now based out of Surrey, B.C., They are a family run business and make some of the best tools in the drywall business. Columbia also makes a wide variety of drywall tools for Marshalltown and more recently a taper for Wall Tools.

Drywall Master – Larry D’Souza founded Tapemaster Tools in 1980. He later formed Drywall Master in 2000. With the company is Larry’s son Sunil D’Souza and Robert “Johnny” Payne who started with the Ames Brothers. Drywall Master is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and continue to produce quality tools.

Concorde Taping Tools, (Concorde Tools Corp.) Surrey, B.C. was owned by Donald Mark MacMillan, an inventor and former drywall finisher and Raymond Bernier. LFD Industries (Yee Bun Lee, David Fung and David ****) purchased Concorde in June 1990 and kept Macmillan on as a consultant. Macmillan left Concorde in 1997 and formed Northstar in December 1997with Mr. ****. Concorde sold the patents on their red tools to Ames in 1999.

NorthStar Tool Corporation – The first tool Mark Macmillan built was the AdjuStar extendable flat box handle, acknowledged to be the “state of the art” in adjustable handles. The first Northstar AdjuStar was sold in March of 2000. Their products were a metallic green in colour and they were British Columbia based. In 2007 Northstar affiliated with ToolPro and their tools are no longer being made.

Drywall Tools Inc. out of San Carlos, California was started by many of the inventors of the original drywall tools at Ames and later became Premier Taping Tools.

Premier Taping Tools was based out of Stockton, California and started by Robert Ames, Stan Ames and Carl Raff in 1974. They developed what became know as the “Blue Tools”. The company was acquired by Axia and then shut down. The Premier tools became the basis of the TapePro andBlueLine tools.

Belmont Taping Tools – Belmont Taping Tools is owned and operated by Carl F. Raff in Belmont, California. Carl worked with Bob and Stan Ames as a principal developer of both the original Ames Taping Tools and the Premier Drywall Tools. They were a light purple in colour.

TapePro Drywall Tools – Stewart Orchard started this company in Australia in 2001. Stewart is a son of Graeme Orchard, owner of Wallboard Tools in Australia. Stewart had worked for some time at Premier Taping Tools.

Blue Line Drywall Tools – Blue Line Drywall Tools was launched in 2002with some of the key people from Premier Taping Tools. TapePro Drywall Tools is part owner of Blue Line. The company was based in Stockton, California.

Goldblatt – H. Goldblatt Tool Company in Kansas City was started in 1885 by Henry Goldblatt and was primarily involved in cement trowels. It ended up in the hands of Axia Incorporated and in 1992 it was purchased by Stanley Works. FinishPro Tools of Lenexa, Kansas purchased from Stanley the Goldblatt name in 2006. In 2010 Goldblatt Tool Company was sold to Hong Kong interests and renamed Goldblatt Industries. Goldblatt continues to operate in Kansas and Shanghai,China. They have a line of bright red coloured automatic taping tools.

Wilco Drywall Tools – Established in 1985 with Willis Trout in Pennsylvania.

from DrywallTalk.com

In the video below you can see how our professional drywall tapers use simple taping tools to mud drywall for one of our recent projects in Toronto.

If you have any questions about your next drywall project, send us an email atinfo@drywalltaping.ca or give us a call 647-866-0201