Linda Ferguson

There's one myth about drywall that I hear all the time: "The taper will fix it." It's used time and again to justify poor cutting and hanging. A lot of guys believe that mud is the answer to making everything look good after they botch hanging the drywall. But the reverse is true: When you're hanging drywall, you should be making it as easy as possible for the taper by keeping the number of seams to a minimum and locating the butt joints in easy-to-hide locations. This also means using the right number of fasteners, which is far fewer than most people think, and installing them correctly. Doing these things—along with being precise with cut-outs and with fitting panels—not only makes the taper's life easier, but will help create a better end result.

Hanging is just the first step toward a long lasting, high-quality interior finish. Once complete, the job is handed over to the taper, who in turn hands it over to the painters. No trade wants to fix the previous work; they all just want to concentrate on doing their best work.

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