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Drywall  /  August 9, 2022

Handyman in Edmonton: What Is Drywall Mudding?

What is drywall mudding

If your home remodel includes new drywall for your walls or ceiling, you’ll also need joint compound or mud applied throughout the process. Drywall mudding allows for a smooth appearance to your walls and ceilings and is an essential part of new drywall installation. Handyman Connection offers drywall work and other Edmonton handyman services. Here is all you need to know about drywall mudding and the process we use for installation.

Mudding for Flawless Walls and Ceilings

The drywall mudding process uses a material called joint compound to smooth out and seal the components of drywall. The mud material is made from gypsum and mixed into a sticky paste. After putting up sheetrock, contractors apply several coats of drywall mud to keep the walls, joints, screws and nails in place.

Drywall mudding helps smooth out all of the other parts of a drywall installation, such as seams, tape, joints, nail holes and more and gives walls a flawless appearance. If your contractor in residential drywall service is skilled in drywall mudding, you won’t be able to see nail pops, seams and other imperfections. That’s why it’s so important to hire a pro instead of doing the drywall mudding yourself.

Mudding Step-by-Step

The first time your contractor may use drywall mud is immediately after hanging sheets of drywall. The screws and nails that are used to hang the drywall should get a coat of drywall mud smoothed over them to help keep them in place.

After applying drywall tape to each section of the drywall, contractors then put on more drywall mud to join each sheet together. The drywall mud can help eliminate the seams between each section of drywall and make the walls or ceiling look more cohesive.

Drywall mud should also be applied multiple times. Contractors will typically apply three coats of mud for each section and smooth it out each time. After the first coat dries, the contractor can add second and third coats.

The last step of drywall mudding is to sand out the entire surface. Sanding helps smooth out the walls and ceilings even more and makes the seams and joints disappear. Professionals have the skills and experience to make drywall look more finished after applying mud.

Premixed Mud

Some contractors prefer to use premixed drywall mud for walls and ceilings. This material is ready to use and doesn’t require extra preparation time. Some drywall mudding manufacturers make different formulas of premixed mud to help get a smooth application, such as premixed topping mud for the final coat or lightweight mud for walls that are going to be painted white.

Powdered Mud

Another option is to go with a powered mud formula that the contractor must prepare themselves with water. Some pros prefer to make their own mud to their desired consistency and get more customization. Powdered mud comes in versions that are easy to sand or dry within a set amount of time.

Edmonton Handyman Services for Gorgeous Walls and More

Drywall mudding is a vital part of drywall repair or installation. Mixing, applying and sanding the drywall mud is messy, time-consuming and tedious, so it’s optimal to choose a pro for this job. Handyman Connection provides expert drywall repair and installation. We can finish your walls with the right application of drywall mud and tape so you’re pleased with the finished product.

If you don’t know very much about drywall mudding, contact Handyman Connection to take over this essential piece of your home remodel. Let us handle your drywall installation or repair so you can focus on dreaming up a new vision for your space.

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