How to Tape Drywall

A color-coded guide to flat, smooth, perfect walls.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Drywall sander
  • Corded drill
  • Mud pan
  • Dust mask
  • Hawk
  • Putty knife
  • Rasp
  • Sanding block
  • Sanding pole
  • Utility knife
  • Trowel
  • Tin snips
  • Taping knife

Banjo, Clincher, Mixer

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Corner bead
  • Setting compound
  • All purpose compound
  • Paper tape
  • 1-5/8 in. drywall nails