Finishing drywall seams has been compared to frosting a cake. But, as anyone knows, the first time you frost a cake, it doesn’t usually come out Cake Boss worthy. I figured it would be helpful if I gave you a few tips and tricks to get you on the fast track to learning how to finish a sheetrock joint like a pro.
Before I show you those tips, let’s rewind to the reason I had to finish drywall seams in the first place! As you might remember, we had to tear down our kitchen walls after we found termite damage inside. In all honesty, although it was a set back, I am really glad that we discovered it before we finished the kitchen.
I’m also thankful that Waste Management offered to set me up with one of those low profile Bagster® Bags. It was spacious enough to hold ALL of our construction debris.
It is a highly durable, woven bag designed for disposing as much as 3,300 pounds of debris and is big enough to hold full sheets of plywood, doors and even a bathtub. In our case, it held all the termite damaged walls and studs! When it was filled, I scheduled my pick up online at www.TheBagster.com and Waste Management sent a driver to collect the bag in three business days! (I could have also called the toll free number: 1-877-789-2247 to speak to a human being if I preferred.)
True to their promise, Waste Management sent Dale to come pick up the whole kit and kaboodle 36 hours after I set up the pick up request! Here are some scenes from the pick up:
Does Dale look like a mythical beast tamer to you?
I seriously think a little boy lives inside me because I could watch this all day.
(You can watch a video of a Bagster® Bag being hoisted in the air here.)
And like that, Dale drove off and the debris was gone!
FYI, The Bagster® Bag costs just $29.95 plus a flat rate collection fee (ranging fro $79 – $159 per bag) depending on your area. This was 50-7o% less than a dumpster rental. I would say it was totally worth it to us to use the Bagster® Bag and avoid the unsightly scene of a dumpster in our yard for months. For more information, you can visit TheBagsterBag.com or visit them on Facebook.
Now that the debris is gone, it’s time to focus on the task of finishing those drywall seams.
- Joint Compound
- Mud Pan (at least 12″)
- 4″, 6″ and 12″ taping knives – (You might need a 3 or 4 inch one if you have to dig compound out of the bucket.)
- Drywall joint tape
- Sanding sponge
- Damp rag
First fill all the screw impressions. Read more about installing drywall and the perfect screw depth here.
Use a small taping knife and spread just enough joint compound to fill in the hole impression. Scrape off any excess.
To show you the proper technique for finishing those seams, I made a short video (if you can’t view the video below, click here.)
I hope that helped you learn how to finish drywall seams like a pro! Just remember, it might take a little practice, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.
Have a great weekend!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Waste Management partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its The Bagster® Bag Blogger Challenge. As part of this program, I received compensation to cover the cost of the Bagster bag and pick-up as well as my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used for the The Bagster® Bag Blogger Challenge. Waste Management believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Waste Management’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and voucher fulfillment will be handled by a third party.