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Theres a Better Way


Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

comments (11) March 24th, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:17
Produced by: John Ross


If you need to put a finish coat of compound on your drywall seams, you could do it one trowel at a time, but there's a better way.

This tip comes from Myron Ferguson of Albany, New York:

I've use this method for quite a few years and have dramatically increased our production when putting a finish coat on a seam.


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I'd have one person come through with compound that had been thinned but wasn't too watered down. That person would simply just center it right on the seam and roll it down. The seams are finished about 12 inches wide. We use a 9-inch roller with a 1/2-inch or maybe even a bit longer nap. With the 9-inch roller, we're able to get a nice straight edge of compound over the seam.

So that was very fast and easy to apply; now you simply take your taping knife and remove the compound.

 

 


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Comments (11)

CristyValeur CristyValeur writes: Can someone tell me how many parts water to how many parts compound you mix together to get the right consistency before I waste a bunch of the compound and money having to buy it again.
Thank You,
Cristy
Posted: 9:26 am on September 22nd

DMAN50 DMAN50 writes: I read about this years ago and used to skim coat and do butt joints. Its works pretty good.
Posted: 2:34 pm on January 4th

JTC1 JTC1 writes: AF777,
"Why not use a hawk and trowel like the pro's do."
Probably because Myron's drywall company is looking to increase production while maintaining quality. I assume YOUR drywall company uses hawks and trowels - carry on! You really do not have a clue as to Myron is - you really should read his books on drywall. Available from Taunton Press.
Posted: 5:41 pm on August 1st

AF777 AF777 writes: LOL
That is the most stupid idea I have ever seen. Why not use a hawk and trowel like the pro's do. Next you will probably tape sandpaper to your dogs tail and he can sand the walls while wagging!!! Wow what a great idea
Posted: 11:32 am on June 18th

GeorgeH3 GeorgeH3 writes: I saw this video, luckily, one week before I was going to reskim a ceiling - it worked great! It cut my time down by hours! Thank you for the great idea.
Posted: 8:39 am on May 26th

UltimateHandyman UltimateHandyman writes: Myron, you are my hero. Thank you for your generosity in sharing tips like these with the rest of us.

By the way, your DVD, "Drywall: Hanging and Taping" is fantastic.

...Ed

www.burthandyman.com
Posted: 8:33 am on April 17th

sgsdgsg sgsdgsg writes: Hey Chuck, I've been using the roller for years too. I even use a roller to apply Diff to loosen wallpaper. The spray bottle almost never works. So I pour the Diff into a paint tray and roll the stuff onto the wallpaper.
Posted: 7:58 pm on April 6th

CSomers CSomers writes: I have used the same technique to repair/re-skim plaster walls in our house. However I did not use tapping knives, but a product available Sherwin-Williams called the magic trowel, kinda like a large window squeege.
Posted: 8:54 am on March 31st

Gimmie Gimmie writes: I have only one comment: where was this hint when I needed it just a couple of months ago?!!!!

Great idea. Love it.

Gimmie
Posted: 9:50 am on March 28th

bentnails99 bentnails99 writes: Hey Chuck, I've been using the roller for years too. I even use a roller to apply Diff to loosen wallpaper. The spray bottle almost never works. So I pour the Diff into a paint tray and roll the stuff onto the wallpaper.
Posted: 5:36 am on March 28th

Deedlee Deedlee writes: That roller trick is great. A taper I work with uses that method to skim-coat entire walls and ceilings.
Posted: 2:07 am on March 28th

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