DIY Drywall Finishing | 18 Tips and Tricks

DIY Drywall Finishing | 18 Tips and Tricks

Hey, welcome to homerun division YouTube channel that’s been designed to help homeowners like you do renovations at home and get professional results today We are going to share with you over a dozen amazing drywall techniques that are going to revolutionize your life Save you a ton of time and help you solve every problem you’re going to run into and if you’ve never seen this before Trust me, you want to watch this video? This will save you about 5 to 6 hours of work in your next project So if you’re renovating your basement you’re gonna run into a variety of different problems you’re gonna run into Drywall, that’s not long enough for the wall. How do you see MIT? How do you splice it? You’re gonna run into Boxes that aren’t hanging low enough to put your fixtures on You’re growing into taping problems and how to finish everything just the way you want to How to finish up the window because not everybody wants to put in window jamb and casing it’s rather expensive you can go drywall Right to the window, but you got to know this trick. So we’re going to show you in this video different tools That’ll speed up the process it’ll help make an amateur taper like yourself do the job a lot faster and still get a great result and We’re going to show you Tips and tricks for what to do when you screw up because if you’re new and drywall You’re gonna make mistakes and the key to this is knowing how to fix your mistakes and still have it finished Perfect because you don’t want to get all through the project and then just to paint it and start seeing cracking everywhere So stay with us today We’re gonna show you at least a dozen things that you need to know to get a great job trick number one When you’re gonna screw drywall in use one of these bad boys, this is a drywall dimply bit Get three in a bag for under ten bucks. They’re amazing And I love them now if they don’t exactly lock into these impact drivers, but they don’t fall out either Okay, they just pull it it’s kind of odd But I love using an impact driver smaller lightweight because I easier because you’re gonna put a lot of screws in the wall What this does it has a preset depth to drive the screw and I’ll just demonstrate No matter how hard you push that nasty sound at the end is the bit wasting its time And it always sets it inside never breaks the paper It’s easy to fill and you don’t have to worry about like I did in other videos. We’re using just a regular drill bit It always sets a perfect depth alright and while I’m showing this I’m gonna show you a little trick What if you just miss the stud? Well, that didn’t miss the stud That’s the really thick stud oh There we go, so now I’ve missed the stud I’m gonna show you how to solve that Go in reverse and push to the side The threads will grab the drywall and pull out now instead of leaving that hole as something you have to patch Just go on a bit of an angle Problem solved. All right So if you just miss the stud back up figure it out and just change your angle Find the wood and drive the drill home and you’ll be good That is going to make your life easy You can do that all day long And then when you go to tape, you’re not going to consciously bumping into the edge of the screws Which causes you to slow down? So when you’re filling all your holes, every hole will be sunk nice and deep and without breaking paper. Of course Which is key but the biggest issue is when you’re taping your basement You’re not going to be switching back to the drill to fix your mistakes over and over and over and over again And that’ll save you a lot of time Okay, the next trick I’m going to show you is how to use a cut of tool now Listen, if you don’t have a cutout tool, you need to buy one All right, if you’re gonna do a basement renovation without a cutout tool, you’re crazy It’s gonna cost you a fortune in Repairing and fixing all the holes that you build Now one of these things you can buy a cutout tool on Amazon for about 60 bucks. And so it’s not a big investment I’m going to do make sure you buy the drywall guide point bits I’m gonna try to open this thing up here and I’ll show you one that’s news you can see There is a cutting scrolling blade but at the end of the blade there’s a smooth shank. It’s like a road It’s like a router bit tip. Okay, and this is a guide point. So what happens is when it goes into the wall this will be sitting against whatever material you’re cutting against and Just it’ll be spinning and guiding you around and then this will be cutting the material Let me just demonstrate how this works When I’m hanging my board, I used to put the top on first and I make a quick mark Obviously beside the stud where the box is gonna be and how many inches down it goes so I can just go like this It says 22 22 And I can just make a quick mark to the end of the tape Warning this is gonna be a little loud You just cut to the edge of the box and then you hop over the metal box Voila and that is perfect every time Alright, so that cutting tool gets you the perfect cutout and without destroying the box without destroying the wires Remember if you set this depth here properly I’ve seen guys complain. Oh, yeah guys use that tool and they cut my wires all the time I’m like don’t be ridiculous. If you take your wires and you roll them over and fold them in like that This cutting the cutting guide goes in here and it’s just the guide that’s going to contact the wires It’s not going to cut them. All right, so that’s perfect And if you’re doing your own wiring do yourself a favor just leave a couple of extra inches of wire above the box So if you do run into a problem, you can loosen off that set screw and pull the wiring through and you’ll be fine Okay, trick number three is using the mesh tape now I know a lot of people use mesh tape But they don’t really understand how to use mesh tape The first secret you need to know is how to find the end my goodness. Here we go. Here’s a bunch of mesh tape I want to put it in my corner. All right The way you want to do this is use your knife as a cutting edge Now we have a mesh tape here it’s got an adhesive on it and The corners are the trickiest spot. So you want to stretch it and press it and Then only put pressure from one side Sliding it right into the corner, okay now That’ll do you okay? If you’ve seen my other videos, you know, I use this and I’ll tape one side at a time I can’t use this knife with mesh tape because I’ll end up cutting the actual fiber So I got to put that away I needed a different trick so that I got to pull this out This bad boy here does corners Okay doesn’t do corners perfectly, but for a DIY are doing a basement does a pretty darn good corner? And you could press that into your fiber And it’ll set the tape perfectly for you also, because that edge here You see that edge. It’s not ninety degrees. It’s got a rounded bit of a bevel. It won’t cut the fiber All right And so when you’re applying your mud you can do both sides of that at the same time and you’ll get a bit of a Dimple kind of a groove inside the corner, so it’s not perfect You could always come back in your next application and use a straight knife But generally speaking for most people if you’re doing your own house This is a great way to go the thing about mesh tape and you need to know this you can’t use regular compound with it If you use regular pre-mixed vinyl mud You’ll be very disappointed because it’ll actually lift that adhesive off the paper And it’ll be floating in the mud and then you’ll have to do three more coats just to make it look pretty so what we do is we use sheetrock 90 you mix this with water on-site and it has a hardener in it and Mixed at a certain level so you can expect about an hour and a half working time Before it sets up now that’s pretty decent So if you make a half a pail You’ll be able to do most of the mesh and tape work for a room this size In about an hour and then you’re good. If you’re not working that fast don’t make so much It’s up to you. But by doing this you get the first application with the fiberglass mesh and adhesive second application with this Within a few minutes, you’ve got two applications on both sides of your corners. You’re almost done All you have to do is wait for that to dry and Then come back and do a little bit of a feathering job and your corners are finished and that’ll save you a ton of time In a basement, especially if you have lots of bulkheads So this is a great hack now you can use this on the entire room warning It’s more expensive than paper and you have to mix all your own mud. So If you wanted to save yourself a lot of time on your basement and do just the inside corners this way That’ll help them make sure you aren’t going to have cracks It’ll also speed up your process and then you can use paper everywhere else That’s a great way to blend get the job done quick The next trick is to use a wheel for your paper tape and this sucker just sticks down here pretty easily And once you’ve got this set up you just slide it on your belt now. I am always wearing a belt Just the nature of the beast. So This can just be sitting on your hip and you can pull the tape off as you need it. You can tear it Do your work and it’s always right there for you again the next time you need it. This is great if you’re on On a ladder and you don’t have to set your paper tape down It’s also great for just doing around your rooms Because you can just be spinning across your room doing all your tape pulling out some more Right and just keep on going and going and going and it’ll really speed up your process So if you’re going to be doing a big job, that’s 15 bucks for spending Of course, all of these tools were talking about today. We’re gonna find links in our amazon link in the description below The next trick is if you make a mistake when you’re doing your drywall and you find that your ceiling box is for your light Are too deep if they’re recessed too deep and there’s a gap between the box and the drywall You’ll fail your electrical inspection All right, so instead of ripping your ceiling apart and undoing your box and remounting it and going through all that hassle You can cheat you can buy what’s called a box extender Now what this does is it just sets on the existing screws you tighten that up and it makes your box another half inch thicker Now there is no limit to how many of these you can use But I do advise that you go through your project before you drywall and try to make sure everything is taken a consideration Because these things run about 5 bucks a pop The next trick I’m going to show you is the use of Jay trim Now the reason they call it de trim is simple the profile looks like a letter J Now if you have one of these fancy cutters from Weiss It’s really easy to cut this down and The idea here is you can use this to cap the rough side of the drywall Now it’s not that tricky. We just basically take our trim we set it on like this and we roll it over And there you go, so now you have a finished rough edge of drywall that has a finished edge here’s the advantage Anywhere where drywall is going to come in contact with moisture like a round a window You can finish your drywall edge like this Press it up against the glass and you aren’t going to be transferring moisture into your drywall board. All right, that’s brilliant So on those cold mornings you get condensation on the window You aren’t going to get any moisture going into your wall board after the heat turns on and the air moves around It’ll dry that out eventually and it’ll protect your board so you don’t get mold and all you do to finish This is take your mud And fill in that gap, it’ll probably take two applications and you won’t even see it when you’re finished. Now. Here’s the other thing Any where you’ve got a problem where your drywall is finishing? Interior up against a doorframe area or some other kind of a weird situation where you want to drywall exposed But you want a finished edge. That’s the way you do it Okay, so you can also use this on ceiling panels you can use this if you want to scale up your ceiling You can take it flow sheet of drywall the drape trim on it and you can do steps all the way down your ceiling and All you do is put a little cocking bead and paint it in This is how you can get one of those really cool tiered effects on the ceiling Throw in a cup of pot lights and look like a rock star It’s just a piece of metal trim who knew? So the next trick we’re gonna teach you guys is about bulkheads You may or may not have seen this but there is more than one kind of corner bead. These are outside corners They’re used to make the transition to protect and give you something to mud against and protect the corner from damage from everyday life But generally speaking I like the metal corner a lot of walls anywhere. You’re going to have body traffic These usually get screwed or nailed in to the framing of a wall which is a pretty solid surface and it can take that kind Of abuse and because it’s all metal. It’s nice and strong It’ll help withstand all the abuse, especially from kids, you know Those little carts that they’re wheeling around the kitchen in but when it comes to bulkheads, these are usually lightweight materials we have simple systems for building news and we’re designing something to be square and install easily and so we don’t want to be hammering and using nails and Trying to drive screws everywhere and trying to find them that’s not always a possibility. So What we do here is we’re gonna install one of these bad boys now In my previous video I showed you how to do it using drywall mutton when you have to load up both sides of the edge and then press this in and then feather it out and then two more coats later and it had to Dry what a process this is gonna be a lot faster. Take your knife. Make sure that the edge of the bulkhead is smooth Okay, that’s it done smooth All right now For our next trick ladies and gentlemen, I know Spray glue This is awesome. Now make sure you use the right one. There’s a lot of sprig was on the market This is I think who makes this one again? Oh, it’s 3m3 m61, okay I thought was the DuPont product but it’s a 3m product. Now, this is awesome It does tell you on the instructions to shake it vigorously So make sure you do that because there are components on the here that don’t separate it over time And you want to make sure your glue is gonna work. No Wait, we install this is they put a nice little bead you see the even color for you So, you know that your glue is going on isn’t that fancy schmancy? That’s a lot faster than putting mud on the ceiling and then all you do is do the same thing to your quantity All right then that glue down that corner be The recommendation here is allow about a full minute for this to set before you apply So you can do the whole bulkhead on the ceiling spray a few beads down Get them cut and measured in advance spray it all down Go take a break. Come back And then just press the hole in a place Now the secret here on this corner bead if you take a look we’ll go through this again There’s a short metal and there’s a long side metal. Okay, the long side metal is to cover the exposed cut on the drywall So that is the underside so we are going to spin this around And we’re going to show you how simple it is to put the cinder All right. Here we go Okay Perfect and it has a little bit of flexibility so you can roll it back and forth Like I said, you got about 15 minutes of fooling around time on this, okay? There we go now Take your knife Make sure you have a bit of a gap from that to the edge on both sides If you don’t have a gap to fill you have installed it wrong and you’ll need to pull it around to create that gap. So you can just Have a quick check We’re good Nice instant corner bead now give this 15 minutes and you can come back with a Hardener compound and do one coat with a four inch ninth fill cup and then about an hour later. You can come back with your Twelve or fourteen is trowel and put a finish coat on that bulkhead and it’s completely taped within two hours all three coats loving it so one of the disadvantages of using a drying wall panel lift is Momentum you get going so fast and it is so nice to see things moving quickly That sometimes you forget and you cover something in the ceiling up. I don’t care how good you think you are a drywall? everybody does this once in a while, you’ll cover something up and have to go back to repair it now as a DIY, er You’re more than likely to cause this kind of issue for yourself. So we’re gonna show you a couple tricks how to fix it First of all, we have got a hose bib, right we have residential construction here So we have a poured concrete foundation and then we have wood Starting from here and going up. So this drywall screwed right to the floor. Joist and that floor joist is not a Dimensional lumber it’s an i-beam kind of constructed beam so what happens here is you have a beam and then another one and then a huge cavity and We have some sort of extra your plate and they’ll drill a hole and run your line up through that But because of our climate we have almost a foot of insulation so what they have is they have a hose bib, so you have a tap outside and then it turns a gasket inside about 14 inches inside the wall And after that, they turn it and put a shutoff valve and usually has a little bleeder on it And so if you forget where your hose bib is just go side and find it Run around the house identify the location in this situation It’s right up here just about a foot off the corner that window and I know it’s up here So I’m gonna put in a spring-loaded trap door right here. And this is a 9 by 9 or about 250 mils, okay And I’ll show you how this thing operates So you can see here that the witness’s design it creates compression So this is my drywall and I cut a hole the Sun angles and then over here this slides. Alright? So if I cut the hole just a little bit smaller than this square. I’m not gonna have much compression It’s gonna be sloppy. So if I cut it a couple of inches shy I’m gonna have a nice force Okay, and that will hold that sealing in place and then when I want to move it, all I have to do is push this Edge, okay, and then it’ll fall right out of the ceiling which is brilliant. So what we’re gonna do is just take our dimension It has this little framing here. It’s about six inches So I’m gonna make a hole in the ceiling that’s six and a half by six and a half And that’ll be plenty All right So when you’re gonna put your hole in your ceiling for your hose bib, since we don’t exact idea where it is We know it’s around here Just consider this you’re gonna get up on a ladder to turn this off. You’re gonna be reaching into the ceiling Don’t put it back here and you have to reach up and then reach over All right, get it close to the corner But that’s so close that you can’t tape it properly. And basically what you want to do is measure off six and a half I think we went with right Okay, so I’d set my tape at three and three-eighths. And of course my tape itself is three and eight I don’t know If you’re where this on the back of these things every one of these tape measures ever made in the history of mankind Has got the dimension from one side of the other. So when you’re measuring things you can get the exact number Into the corner, you just take your measurement add the size of the tape Just a little nugget there in case you weren’t aware. Anyway, we’re gonna just go like this and here’s my choice I’ll give myself a little bit of space and I’m thinking that’ll be good here Yeah Yeah Yeah, it just makes this real easy you can be sure You’re the right kind of dimension There we go. I’m using black marker just so that you can see it at home There’s lots of overlap and stuff on this so I don’t care if there’s little marker in the ceiling And then we’re gonna use our cutout tool now this gets a little dusty Now, let me see if I can find this thing here There it is Wow, in this case, they have a bunch of pecks and then the shut up valve is actually over here Who knew but it’s a quarter turn I’m gonna close it Do the customer favor? It’s getting cold outside. We actually had frost last night Well, let them know that I did that now. Here’s how this works You don’t want us put this side in first because then you’ve gotta try to fool the rim Okay Put the piece that’s on this sprint this section up against the drywall first And you open and close it both in the same direction finish cool like that. And so you can slide that end up Done and when you want to take it off, you just push this direction pull it down Piece of cake these are great. You can use them for plumbing access electrical access The other thing is sometimes when you’re working in your own house You’ll find a junction box in the ceiling And if you’re cool with this, you can actually paint these the same as your ceiling Okay, so you can actually dry wall the ceiling with junction boxes in the ceiling the code wants you to have access so if you put one of these in for 8 bucks You can put in a trap door have access to your that and it can save you hundreds of dollars instead of hiring an electrician To come in and rewire something So here’s the irony we’re making this video and I did the spring-loaded door I come bounding off the ladder and I look over and I see the can sitting in the ceiling in like, whoops I forgot to put one of the elbows on my heat run and I’ve closed it up So while we’re at this making a video I’m gonna show you how to do this cuz this is a great trick traditionally in basements you’re gonna get one of these for buy ten grates and they’re gonna have it on a bar and screwed up and The plate will be screwed to it and look really ugly Well, I’ve got a different way of doing it. I’d like to take one of these elbows Take off the old four by ten Stick on one of these elbows Now traditionally, he runs our five inch pipe, okay? This one will go under the other piece. You put a couple screws on it, and then that’s sticking flush with the drywall And when you’re done You can throw on one of these under compression Now these are brilliant these are diffusers and they dial open and dial closed So in a basement in the wintertime You can open up and get lots of extra heat down here and in the summer You can dial them back. So you don’t add too much air-conditioning to an already cool space Brilliant control gives you the ability to adjust each room individually. So I’ve wrecked definitely recommend using these no screws No cocking it’s a compression fit and it looks perfect every time so What I got to do to install this thing. First of all is open up my ceiling now If you don’t have this trick in your toolbox you’re gonna be unscrewing this entire 9-foot sheet of drywall and dropping it down and Then you’re gonna be back in trouble because if you’re working alone, it’s hard to reinstall this. Okay, so I’m gonna show you my trick and that Criers when I wrote is it and I’m cutting a little bit too deep here for comfort I’m just gonna cut a smaller piece And that’s it okay so for removing the drywall You have to take a dump a bit out and go back to our traditional Philips bit number two All right. Now I know my heat run is over here in the other window. So I just have a few screws to remove We’ll start with all the ones over by here Don’t leave them in the drywall be surprised how easy it is When you leave a screw in the drywall when you’re moving on You know realize where I cut this joint it’s gonna be full of dust Okay Yep Biggers Just missed a little bit of a zip here Yep, pull the dust now a little dust isn’t gonna kill you but If you really want it you could wear safety glasses, I don’t really care about a little bit of dust I Got tear ducts With the washer solution in my face, please all that. Oh, here we go We just slide that on there No need a proper screw. Well, I might’ve screws but no worries There’s a secret to this the young the code for installing ductwork is always three screws over the joint. All right, and that’s because That keeps things from moving apart around While you’re building the ducting system But once you’ve got it all built Feel free to steal a screw from a neighbor That will save you a ton of trouble Now I know this isn’t foil tape, but Regardless I could reach around and get all that on there and that’ll keep that ducting in place We want to do make sure your damper is lined up to the open position It’s actually open. It’s a great time to reach in there and double-check. It’s a great big round piece of metal cut Okay that sits on this hinge You know when they go like that it’s supposed to close it The screw too tight. It doesn’t operate properly so a lot of times you’ll get these installed and They’ll look and see that this is pointing in the right direction and think everything’s fine the reality to be closed So if you don’t have heat coming through one of your ducts Reach on out up in there and make sure that that metal has opened up because half the time it doesn’t work properly Now that we got this in position. We are gonna take a little bit of this This is what we call all rounds just metal band comes in a little box usually in the plumbing department. Okay? Guys I’m gonna be putting this over the top Of my heat run. Okay, and I’m going to be compressing it down So I know that it’s sticking flush with my drywall If you’re looking for this strapping it’s called all round they sell it in the plumbing department they have all kinds of different varieties Okay, and the idea for this is when I go to press this up into my ceiling. I don’t want it moving It’s a compression fit. All right, that’s what that’s there for Okay, so if you don’t put it in the strap and it’s just hanging around you’re gonna go push this up They’ll all pop apart on you might even fall out of the trunk line in the ceiling. Okay? So now we have to patch this up. We can’t just screw back in and leave this joint unattended So we’re gonna take a piece of one by three cut it down and install it so we can splice that drywall back together That looks like about three feet ish Now I use this technique all the time whenever I’m doing drywall, I grab a dozen of those sticks Anywhere my drywall ends. I just add one of these and keep on going There’s a lot of guys they take time and they’ll measure to the middle of the wood and they’ll cut it. That’s nice and handy If the wood is straight a lot of times it’s not and so you’ll find that a one and a half inch piece of stud Just doesn’t cut it for you And then you have to put the screws right on the edge and hangul them and it’s just a mess. This works so much faster And it won’t drive you crazy It’s raining dust There we go down when you’re screwing your drywall back in you can’t use the same holes as before Okay, everyone hold the screw As a rule that’ll just be a very ineffective system so Use new holes All right, and here’s how you know where to put a screw everywhere you see a screw holding right next to it Problem solved When you’re working on your ceilings It’s nice to have a rule where one person is in charge of all the measuring and cutting on the drywall The other person is in charge of leaving all the information next to it where everything goes So take out your pencil. You have a sheet installed before you put this one in mark line arrow 1210 and you’ll know where it is, so All I’m gonna do is go like this and It was 12 There’s my spot And adjust this a little bit make sure that I have my can it’s gonna be noisy But I’m gonna just plunge it in the middle go until I find the outside edge now since the run is coming this way I’m going to go towards the run. So they’ll be resistance Sometimes they’ll slide left and right and then I’m gonna just cut in a circular motion With the idea about nowhere there. There’s a direction. I’m heading but I’m kind of pulling towards the middle of the whole time I’m cutting that helps to keep the hole nice and tight Now you don’t always get this perfect the first time So if you’re feeling like you’ve lost the drill bit because that can is on an angle It’ll slide it underneath just make the hole small knowing it’s easier to come back and fix it later. Just adjust the depth And they’ll do the rest When you’re all finished painting you just compress that in there perfect every time So one of the most unique problems you’re gonna have a run into with drywall is The goal is to have all of these sheets. All of these tapered edges tight all the gaps you want tight tight against the walls tight against each other and That requires everything to be square, right? But the rule of thumb is this nothing in this world is square We’ve learned this. I don’t know how many years nothing is square So you can’t assume that this wall and this wall are parallel You can’t assume that the drywall coming off. This wall is going to be able to keep everything nice and square and flush so what you want to do when you get into a situation like this with your ceiling bulkhead is put a Square up against your edge and check it against the wall. Well, look at this. I am out 1/2 an inch over 2 feet Over here. I’m oh Whoa, I’m actually flush here That’s awesome. But if you would look down here, you’ll see the wall is curving. Ok, that’s gonna cause you problems the reality is you don’t have a lot of luxury here to just measure the gap here and then measure the gap here and assume one side is square or the other because this wall is curving so It’ll start square. It won’t finish square What you have to do is use the tools that are available Your T framing square put it up against your finished edge. All right and create a off the centerline Draw a nice long centerline here on the ceiling. Okay. I’ve already put done that in advance now Take your laser level. Now. These are all tools that we we recommend that you own if you’re gonna do renovations at home All right. Now we want to take your laser level and place it on that line Ok Ok, there you go look So now I’ve got a laser line all the way down my hallway right, so I’m gonna have somebody on the drywall and I’m gonna say we’re gonna measure left and right At the front edge in the middle and four feet in So go l1 l2 l3 are one or two Oh three, and I’m just going to go like this and I’m gonna see this right on my tape. It’s 21 and 3/4 2208 Wow 22 and 3/8 and they’re gonna take a center line on their drywall and they’ll measure off the center line just like I’m measuring off the center line and This is really simple That way you can translate all this information onto your drywall then you can cut it and you can fit it in it’ll be tight no matter what kind of shape it is if you have curved walls bowed walls Weird angles this solves all your problems so no matter how creative your situation is that you’ve got to solve a laser level a T-square and a little bit of patience and you can drywall anything Here we go so gonna mix up some mud here now So for those of you who haven’t seen her other drywall videos I’m not going to go through all of this process But just to say that this is actually pretty simple quick and Clean if you run your bag off the edge of the bail like this Don’t be one of these guys that’s trying to squeeze every ounce of mud out of that box You’re gonna throw a few ounces away the end of the day. It’s only worth 30 cents That’s not worth the time. It takes to go wash your hands Now take up one bottle of water Okay Because you want to have this nice and thin for what we’re gonna do and then we just mix it up for a minute Oh silky smooth I’m such a tease because before we get to the some of the money techniques We’re gonna show you a few quick examples Other things that that Rotozip does and you’re gonna fall in love with this tool and get one a buy one for sure After this one of my favorite things for the Rotozip is when I have damaged wall You know accidents happen on a jobsite so you don’t know what’s in that wall half the time because you’ve got a pilot Guide tip you can set the depth to a little over half an inch cut this out Okay, and now you can make a California patch and patch that up Now if you’ve never seen this done before We have a great video. We’re putting the link in the description for how to do a California patch Done The other awesome thing about this tool is that when you’re hanging a sheet of drywall over a huge window? You can put it up as one sheet So you keep the integrity of the sheet If you try to cut the window out first and then install it you run the risk of not being Square or breaking the joint when you’re installing this way. You just throw it up add some screws and zip Of course throwing a couple screws in there I’ll help keep control There we go. Ah I can see again Alright, well one of the most common scenarios are gonna run into is electrical rework Electricians are famous for this for cutting the holes that they need without any thought to how they’re going to rebuild It’s funny because it seems to be a lot of extra work to cut two little holes. We’re gonna just cut one big one Remember when you’re patching drywall a small or a big wall hole. It’s the same amount of work. So take a piece of drywall It’s more than adequate for what you’re dealing with Hold it up, okay Trace it out And I know this is marker. I just drove myself crazy looking for my pencil couldn’t find it So when I’m done this before I’m but I’m gonna have to get some kills and spray that marker line I know don’t bother putting that in the comment section Now I Don’t want to risk cutting anything in this wall So I’m going to set the depth of my blade right here said only the guide point is sticking out the other side So if I pass by any wires, I’m not gonna end up cutting them. Okay? What I want to do is just cut out this hole and its entirety Way, I do that as I’m going to use this little pedal here up against the drywall and I’m gonna roll it around Now you’ll notice that when I cut that I cut on the outside of the black line So I know for a fact that this dry will fit in the hole if I came shy of the line I went back like over here and I fixed it up a little bit You just want to make sure that when you do this you do it once This is not the kind of thing that you’re looking to be perfect. You just want it done right away Okay, so we rip all this junk out Come on, baby Yeah, figure somebody use a thousand screws in a small space again. Does that ever make any bloody sense? Oh, yeah. Yeah There’s a drywall joint here, that’s nice this is not flooring people we don’t need to put a screw every two inches Now the reason we want a nice big hole is because we want to use the rotors up to cut this if I wanted to I could probably measure right all the different angles and then pre-cut the hole into this box, but by using this system, I Know my drywall fits right there Great know For everybody at home who’s patching a hole like this Here’s a great system before you put your patch on Put a screw on the existing wall board just in case Since there were screws here. There might not be screws for a while You want to have that nice and tight? And it also marks where the new drywall has to be screwed it’s the same as doing that stitching in the ceiling speaking of stitching you saved a couple screws a Little piece of over here Keep everything nice and strong Exactly Okay, so we’re gonna roll this up to plug We need a measurement first All right, so from here We’re gonna put we want to plunge right here put an inch off each corner okay, so we’re gonna go down 14 inches and We’re gonna come across from the outside of 15. That’s easy math easy. Remember? And these two screws I’m putting in I’m not sinking all the way Okay, I don’t want too much force against the box and now I take my measurement for 14 and 15 15 is just inside the box Which is right here All right good to go This is a plastic box. But the guide tip point isn’t going to cut the box apart It’s also set up a little bit differently that when you put your switches on it You have to keep your hole nice and tight If you make the hole too big on this box, the cover plate won’t even cover it There’s not as much room to play here So you really want to have this tool whenever you work with plastic boxes, or you have any patching holes all day long? And that Yes protection Now a situation like this you finish easy because now your finishing is away from the box You can always fill the hole throw in a little bit of mesh a couple coats in ninety This patch is done. Whenever your patch is too close to these little fixtures You’ve got to do a whole circle around it because you’ve got to make it nice and flush for the finished plate Now when you’re finishing this if you finish like this, you’re away from the plate. Everything will be perfect Okay, so that was really cool fixing that patch up now if you are using your Rotozip and you’re new to it Make sure you go counterclockwise and if you make a mistake and run off and make a huge chunk out of the wall. That’s okay CGC makes these awesome. I would let patches. Okay. This is like corner mesh tape. It’s a lot thicker It’s perforated and it’s already the size of your box So what you can do is you can just put mud on the area, press one of these in place. Let it dry And then you can finish it and they’ll give you a nice strong area around the patch if you just fill it with mud and then paint it’s gonna end up cracking after the light plate goes on at some point and You’re gonna be really disappointed you went through all of that work just to be disappointed with a crack So use something like that or lots and lots of paper tape This is just really handy. The other thing I wanted to show you is my little favorite little foot pedal Okay, it’s just solid metal It’s just designed so that when you’re working alone, you can put your drywall on it and step on it It looks like a lever but the cool thing about it is the back side is also a rasp So you keep on this on you all the time So if your drywall isn’t gonna fit snug up against the corner because when you cut it gets all bumpy That’ll give you a clean factory edge Nice, keep one of these handy as well Alright, so now a couple of mudding tips we can help speed the process up a little bit. We showed you in the video earlier This little gizmo here and this is an inside quarter Mudd tool Okay And it fits on any standard broom or paint stick and the idea here is this will speed up your corner mudding process dramatically The idea is you’re basically painting mud into the inside corner here Okay Now, that is awesome Because the other technique I showed in the previous video and just slap it in there and lather it on The other technique I showed you was taking the side of your four inch knife, right? Okay now it’s a little messy, right? But you got your paper wheel Get this going fold a bunch of tape frog Once you get good at using these tools you’re gonna be really happy and then you gonna stick this in the corner All right now because you’re not using a lot of mud you hardly have to press And you’re not gonna have a bunch of mud squeezing out You’re not gonna need your hock on you because you’re gonna be cleaning off the mud off your knife That is that simple inside corner Wow That’ll speed up the average basement by about two or three hours. I’m just guessing Definitely worth the 20 bucks. You’re gonna have to probably pick that up at a drywall specialty store I’m gonna check and keep my eyes up when it’s a final. Anam is on. I’ll put it in the description link below So again inside corner mudding tool Next thing I want to show you now if you’ve seen my previous videos, you know, I love using the hawk. I Just love to throw my mud on here load it up. I Can put enough mud on here to last for a long time so much more convenient for than the pan for keeping your tools clean Hello Okay So in the beginning of our video, I showed you how to use the mesh tape on the inside of a corner now I’m going to show you the difference in taping techniques from doing paper corner on the bottom and the mesh. Oh, that’s up Alright, so in the paper technique and we use that corner roller or the side of your knife. You need to apply the mud All right Now if you’re good at this it doesn’t take that long but I know most homeowners are good at that which is why that roller is so effective because it makes up the difference for Experience, okay The difference here is look at this Look at all the mud that I’m taking off Now I gotta have a hawk so I’ve got a lot of tools on me if I’m working on a ladder I’ve got too many tools now to be efficient Okay, and there’s an inside corner with tape if however I Wanted to use this tool, okay, I still load up both sides of that trowel Simply go into the corner You’re taping on both sides Now I’ve told you earlier it’s not as clean It’s not as sexy but it will get the job done. Okay? Now after that’s dry You can come back for another coat And it really comes down to how much pressure you’re using as to what kind of finish you get that’s not terrible So if you’re new to this You just use a little pressure on the other side clean up your edge that’s not bad now This can be you put the tape and the mud at the same time Now I’ve got the tape application is the same as putting the fiberglass on is this? This corner is mudded. Okay, the best I can do when I’m using tape has come back And let one side And I’ve got to wait till the next day for that to dry before I can do the other side. So Fiberglass, I’ve got the taped coat done and both sides done at the same time Cyllage how much faster that is and if you use a 90 minute mud like I am here You can have this room done in just a couple of hours Well, that’s it for all the tips and tricks today There’s lots more we can show you but we’ll save that for another video another time So if you got questions about any of the processes or tools or tricks today? Put them in the comment section below. Don’t forget to give us a big thumbs up we appreciate all the love you guys are showing us and we’re gonna put link in the description for these tools if You don’t have the ability to find them in your area. Hopefully we’ll be able to have links for you for Amazon And if not, you can always google search your local drywall supplier They should be able to help you and that’s it for this time. Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram We’ll see you again real soon You

63 thoughts to “DIY Drywall Finishing | 18 Tips and Tricks”

  1. Here is a link to my comprehensive drywall training video for beginners. cheers!

  2. Use a pencil and a Level for finding your Fixing for God Sake and they should be marked top n bottom anyway if you think ahead your work will look far more Professional /

  3. I've probably done more drywall than the average DIYer. A whole house, two wood shops and a garage, and I've never had much luck using the roto zip tool to cut out my box holes , but after watching your video and tips I was encouraged to try again. So I did my first 8 boxes using it in my new wood shop and got pretty much the same results, sloppy looking box holes, cut wires, and damaged boxes. So a word to the beginners it does take some practice ! Fortunately for me I'm double dry walling so they don't have to look pretty on the first course.It was difficult to get all the wires back into the boxes because I'm using No. 10 wire for all my 220 V machines. A few wire repairs and I'll be up and running again for the second course, although this time I'm going back to the tried and true measuring and drywall saw ! Thanks for all the tips and tricks though !

  4. Please never use glue to put on corner bead. It doesn't take too long for mud to dry under it when you wipe it out. And you wont have to deal with air bubbles in your mud as the air can not go though the glue and will have to come out instead of into board.

  5. Not only is the Rotozip zippy, wow, you just zipped along through all these tips and I watched and could not stop. I think I just have to zip over to ring the bell now and subscribe because you just made me sit through a video about drywall DIYs and I was just here for the tips for getting smooth joints. To the guy who got one like for saying he fires his guys for doing stuff like this.. umm, I think he is being a jerk because you are helping DIY handy people so they don’t have to deal with jerky people like him..thanks again, now I also want a Rotozip. Although my Dremel has a similar feature. lol

  6. 38:24 who forgot the nail plates? I highly doubt your lack of drywall screws would pass inspection. especially given the weight of a sheet hanging on a few screws on the ceiling.

  7. You guys are awesome! My wife and I are trying to get our home ready to sell, and I have to fix a bunch of cracks in the walls from the previous owner's drywall work. Wall cracks and ceiling cracks all over the place. This video was a great quick lesson. I appreciate the work you put in to make it!

  8. Why are you hanging drywall with an impact driver and not a drywall screw gun? Mesh tape in the inside angle(corner) ya break the strands with your "putty" knife trying to get a square corner later. The corner bead you're using for the soffit is a tape-on cornerbead meant to be mudded on with taping mud or joint compound. I'm curious if Sheetrock really approves of this? I thought Fortnite was the sweaty try-hard hangout.

  9. I'm from New Zealand and I stumbled across your channel, I'm glad I did, for most plasterboard cut outs I use a multi tool, but a roto zip tool is much more efficient and safer. I don't recall ever seeing such a tool down here, but I will have to make enquiries. By the way, your accent sounds Canadian, I can tell by the way you say "owt", but do you use imperial measurements in Canada? I thought that you might have converted to metric. Wonderful channel.

  10. Wow, I am a pretty handy DIY'r but HATE drywall, after watching your tips, I am almost looking forward to my next drywall project!

  11. This is the best, informative, practical, useful tutorial video I watched lately. I wish I watched this about 13 years ago when I did my basement reno! Thanks for the great video. I became a fan of you!
    I have a quick question though… I just bought a brand new house from a well-known builder (TollBrothers) and the drywalls are poorly done especially for the corner edges – It is too noticeable that a lot of them are not square / 90 degrees. What can they do to fix them and what should I tell them so that they can fix them all before the final walkthrough? Thanks in advance.

  12. Been with you since Ottawa Design and Build and I love the videos! One question though…. Where are the box extenders!?!? haha. I looked on your amazon shop and don't see them. Any ideas?

  13. I paid a guy to do my drywall and after he sanded you can faintly see where the butt joints meet and the appearance of drywall tape in some areas, very disappointing. How do you prevent / correct that? He told me to just prime the wall and that should hide it so I did that but then I noticed bubbling also in some spots where the drywall tape was applied across a butt joint. I can see now a good drywall job has to be done skillfully not by just anyone!

  14. I cannot thank you enough!
    To take the time to make these vids and provide stupendous amounts of information.
    I've accomplished so many tasks outside of my profession.
    Finally buying a house i can take the time to love it and do things right.
    For all the DIYers out there, KEEP THE VIDEOS FLOWING!

  15. Spray glueing outside corner-bead was a terrible recommendation. This one tip has cost me hundreds of dollars in tape and glue and hours and hours of labor when I had to cut out and re-do most of it with traditional paper and joint compound when days later the tape lifted. Used quality 3M heavy duty glue and Ultra Flex corner tape.

  16. Guys, your content is amazing. Everyone knows this. The only thing I can say to help you is….. get your amazon affilate links figured out so you can capitalize on people like me who want to buy a product you use and followed your link and it's not useful.
    If you need explanation, let me know.

  17. Dude!! You're fucking rad. I've been in property maintenance for 3 years and have learned as many tricks/tips from you as I have from my 3 years! Keep it up man.

  18. can i try to throw dry mud all over my ceiling to cover up my old popcorn ceiling? instead of removing the popcorn from my old ceiling ? would it work just to cover up the old popcorn from the ceiling for i dont wish to remove the popcorn ……please advice and help with this. thanks. need tips thanks

  19. Note: When using the rotozip, go clockwise when you are cutting around the inside of something (Something flush with the drywall), and counter clockwise when cutting around the outside of something (something that protrudes past the studs/joists). If you do it tis way, the rotozip naturally wants to hug the item in oppose to trying to trail away from it. Much easier this way. Do not use a lot of muscle when using the roto zip. If you do you will likely run away from the box. Hold it delicately so you can feel the box.

  20. commented before about a black eye on a different video, got a response but not an answer lol ps nova scotia born and your videos are the best . im 24 and my boss 71(red seal, sill swings the hammer) sometimes surprises me with mudding jobs and you videos make it easier same with painting

  21. this was like a college class lesson on drywall. thank you for the free lesson. i watched the whole video nothing but professional straight to the point tips no foolishness.

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