Hang your drywall as you normally would. Secure the sheets to the studs using drywall screws.
Run a single width of self-adhesive joint tape along each joint where the sheets butt against one another. Apply the tape smoothly and evenly, and try to avoid twisting and bunching.
Apply a single layer of joint compound (spackle) directly over top of the tape using your 6-inch spackle knife. The joint compound should be applied in a very thing layer, around 1/8-inch.
Repeat Step 3 using your 8-inch knife. This coat of spackle will be slightly wider, but should still be very thin.
Repeat Step 3 using your 10-inch knife. On this coat, feather the joint compound away from the tape so that it gets thinner the further you are from the tape.
Wait 24 hours for the walls to dry, then sand the joints lightly until they are smooth and even with the rest of the wall surface.
Things You Will Need
- Drywall sheets
- Screw gun
- Drywall screws
- Self-adhesive joint tape
- Joint compound
- 6", 8", and 10" spackle knives
- Sandpaper and sanding pole
- When hanging drywall in a building with metal studs, hang the sheets vertically. If the building you're working in is constructed with wood studs, however, the sheets should be hung horizontally. Vertical hanging requires fewer cuts, but wooden studs are not secure enough to support this type of drywall application.