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Preparing room walls and ceilings is a very interesting multi-step process. Getting the drywall (or sheetrock) from rough cut pieces screwed onto two-by-fours to smooth, texture and paint-worthy walls and ceilings takes skill with the “tape & float.” The drywaller will use a compound (sometimes called “mud”) and joint tape to fill in and cover the seams and corners, and feather the joints. Next they will sand the surface until it is so smooth that when it is textured and painted, you will see none of the seams or screw heads. It’s quite an art, using tools such as a taping knife, a floating knife, a drywall hammer, a screwdriver, a mud pan, an electric drill, a ribbon mixer, plastic corner bead, a sanding pad and pole, sanding screens, mesh-type drywall tape, and mud! Whew …

We went away for the weekend, and when we returned on Sunday evening, the taping & floating was finished. Wow! Now we’re ready for texture …

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