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Old 06-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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So Ive got my drywall up, what do I need to finish the job? I need to tape seams, finish inside and outside corners. So I need a list of tools and materials to take to Lowes, keep in mind Ive never done this before so I need to buy everything.

Ok, I have a Lowers right down the street so preferably Id like to get everything from there.


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So we have:

1. Mud pan (metal not plastic)
http://www.lowes.com/pd_245817-51834...sales_dollar|1

2. 4' knife
http://www.lowes.com/pd_245913-51834...sales_dollar|1

3. 6' knife
http://www.lowes.com/pd_246010-51834...sales_dollar|1

4. 12' knife
http://www.lowes.com/pd_245822-51834...sales_dollar|1

5. All Purpose joint compound (Green Lid)
http://www.lowes.com/pd_11751-325-38...r|1&facetInfo=

6. Mixing paddle (non paint version)
http://www.lowes.com/pd_245395-51834...r|1&facetInfo=


I have a 5 gallon bucket, is that the kind of bucket youre talking about? And scrub brush, got that.

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You need---a mud pan---6"-10" 12" blades---buy the best .

A couple of folding platforms will help,rather than a ladder---

You need a bucket of All Purpose(green lid) for setting the paper--it has glue and is rather hard---also good for first coat after paper

A bag of Easy Sand 20 or 45 minute---useful to fill voids and miss cuts--pack outside corner bead----

And a bucket of Light Weight---(blue lid) this is a smooth easy to sand mix for your top coat----

A bucket for washing and a scrub brush .
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Buy a couple of the big fat "brick-size" sponges, too.
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And a shop vac.....it's going to be messy when you start using that drywall sander after each coat....oh yea...you need a drywall sanding block...

Some guys use sponges....but that is because they are real good with the knife....us 'common' folk need to sand....
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i like the angle sanding sponges. you need paper tape and a 3-4" knife for the inside corners.
count the sticks of corner bead you need. plastic and tape if you need to contain the air from the rest of the house when sanding. a face mask when sanding.
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Above all, remember this: "If you don't put it on, you don't have to sand it back off!"

Five or six thin, clean layers are just as effective as one big, gobbed-up thick layer. And if you keep all your work looking nice and scraped off, CLEAN, you won't have to spend hours of messy sanding trying to get the hardened gunk back off.

When you walk away from wet drywall mud, it should ALREADY look as good as if you had finished sanding it.

HINT: It helps if you keep one of those sponges handy, and continually keep your metal tools wiped off and wet.

BIG HINT: TURN OFF YOUR A/C !!!!!!!!!
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So Ive got my drywall up, what do I need to finish the job? I need to tape seams, finish inside and outside corners. So I need a list of tools and materials to take to Lowes, keep in mind Ive never done this before so I need to buy everything.
1. drop cloths-not plastic they are very slippery
2. drywall joint compound- probably 5 gal bucket. Unless you have large places
that need filled the all-purpose in the bucket with the bright green lid
should be all you need.
3. drywall knifes- 1-4" 1-6" and 1-12" a 10" will do and is a little easier to
handle if you find the 12 too big.
4. a mud pan- get the metal one not the plastic one.
5. drywall tape- big difference of opinion here. I wholly recommend paper tape.
and watch some videos on using it on you tube.
6. corner bead for outside corners-choices here are several, metal, vinyl, paper
covered metal and so on all have pros and cons. Do research on the net.
If you go with vinyl you will need a can of spray glue it will be with the
drywall supplies. If you go with the metal bead get a small box of drywall
nails just for the corner bead. The nail heads are a lot easier to cover than
screw heads.
7. inside corner bead- I'm just going to throw this out as a suggestion. Since
you are totally new to this there are companies that make pre-cut inside
corner beads(Nocoat, and Trimtex come to mind) these will make your life
so much easier. However they are a little pricey and you will need to
contact a drywall store lowe's and the depot don't carry them.
8. drill and mixing paddle- A drywall paddle not a paint mixing paddle
9. plastic- a roll of thin painters plastic to cover furniture and doorways there
will be a LOT of dust.
10. sanding- you will need sanding sponges, sanding screens,(not sand paper)
150 and 220 grit, and a pole sander.

This list should pretty well get you on your way in case I forgot something there will be others who will add to the list and some that will challenge a few of the items. When that happens do you research and decide for yourself what will work better for you. Hope this helps you and good luck.
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You need---a mud pan---6"-10" 12" blades---buy the best .

A couple of folding platforms will help,rather than a ladder---

You need a bucket of All Purpose(green lid) for setting the paper--it has glue and is rather hard---also good for first coat after paper

A bag of Easy Sand 20 or 45 minute---useful to fill voids and miss cuts--pack outside corner bead----

And a bucket of Light Weight---(blue lid) this is a smooth easy to sand mix for your top coat----

A bucket for washing and a scrub brush .

Do I really need all those different kinds of mud?
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Above all, remember this: "If you don't put it on, you don't have to sand it back off!"

Five or six thin, clean layers are just as effective as one big, gobbed-up thick layer. And if you keep all your work looking nice and scraped off, CLEAN, you won't have to spend hours of messy sanding trying to get the hardened gunk back off.

When you walk away from wet drywall mud, it should ALREADY look as good as if you had finished sanding it.

HINT: It helps if you keep one of those sponges handy, and continually keep your metal tools wiped off and wet.

BIG HINT: TURN OFF YOUR A/C !!!!!!!!!

Im surprised I havent killed my AC already. Ill start turning it off from now on.
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There appears to be a few different mud mixers, any recommendations?

http://www.lowes.com/Tools/Hand-Tool...a-_-238609_6_#!
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Do I really need all those different kinds of mud?
How much drywall are you doing?

Each mud has it's purpose---some pro tapers use only multipurpose.
The do not need to sand very much so the fact that it is hard as can be makes little difference--


I explained the use of each mud----
if you want the tape to stick, use multi purpose for that---
If you are going to have to sand--use the light weight topping compound
If you have gaps to fill or mistakes to hide---use powdered Easy sand

You choose the ones to skip----Mike----
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Yes the 30" paddle mixer. Wow I need to type faster wasn't any answers when I started.LOL But you don't need to turn the a/c off till you start sanding.
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Yes the 30" paddle mixer. Wow I need to type faster wasn't any answers when I started.LOL But you don't need to turn the a/c off till you start sanding.

This one?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_245395-51834...r|1&facetInfo=
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yep that will do.
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So why mix your own when you can buy the pre-mixed ready to go?
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