Use your measuring tape to get an accurate measurement of the edge of your drywall. You will likely need to cut your drywall bead to match the measurements of your wall. Once you've gotten a proper measurement, use shears to cut down the drywall bead to the appropriate size. The excess portions of the bead can be thrown away or recycled if facilities are available. Exercise caution when cutting the bead as this can expose sharp metal edges that can cause pain or injury.
Insert the drywall bead into the corner where two drywall edges meet.
Attach the bead directly to the drywall using drywall screws and a screwdriver. Place a screw every 5 to 6 inches. Tighten the screws so they are flush with the surface of the drywall bead. Be careful to not overtighten the screws because this can cause the bead to warp.
Apply a thick layer of drywall compound to the surface of the bead using a drywall trowel. Use clean and even strokes with the trowel to attain a smooth surface that fully covers the drywall bead.
Allow the compound to dry for at least 30 minutes. Once it has fully dried, use low-grit sandpaper to finish the surface of the drywall compound. For extra protection, you may wish to apply a second coat of compound.
Things You Will Need
- Shears capable of cutting metal
- Corner bead
- Drywall screws
- Drywall compound
- Drywall trowel or blade
- Be aware that drywall beads come in many different styles. Some drywall beads are manufactured to be used on ceilings instead of walls. Others may use an adhesive system instead of requiring nails. Some drywall beads are even built directly into wall paneling for unusual corners. Make sure you purchase a drywall bead that is appropriate for your needs.