Now that all of the drywall has been put up, next is the process of applying mud and tape to create that finished smooth wall look. This always appears a bit daunting to me. I always wonder how they get the wall so smooth in the end.
Mud is basically the “glue” that allows the tape to stick to the drywall. Every seam, nail and screw are covered in mud and then the seams have tape over them. Usually, mud is added at least once, but more often a couple of times, but you always have to make sure the first application is dry before doing additional coats. Then, you’ll need to sand the joints gently to ensure the wall is as smooth as possible. Some drywall companies may also use a wet sanding method, which keeps dust and grit from filling the home as much as dry sanding will. If there are things in the home you don’t want to get dusty, then the wet sanding method may be better, or if you choose to dry sand, then you may want to make sure to cover the vents to avoid dust in every room.
The process above will need to be repeated in order to get “smooth as silk” walls. I can imagine with home layouts like ours, or home plans with open floor plans that getting the ceiling and vaulted seams can be a bit tedious. Anytime you have to work overhead like that must be tough. But, so far as you can see, the process of finishing the drywall is turning out terrific.