Tips for Running Perfect Angles

29. November 2012 00:05 by 1800 Drywall in Tips & Advice  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (1)

Drywall professionals end up refining their trade into an art and running angles is one of the jobs that differ between many individuals in the trade. One of the most common issues that require troubleshooting is running angles that are too heavy. Over the years, there have been a number of tips to run perfect angles.  We’re not installers, but for all the right materials visit our Products Page.

The Top Ten Tips for Running Angles

  1. When using mechanical angle heads, check the side blades. The side blades should always look even and level. If the blades are sloping down toward the nose cone, this could cause running angles that are too heavy.
  2. One of the simplest solutions to avoiding heavy running angles is a runny mix. Try thickening the cement mix before looking into alternative tool options and other troubleshooting methods.
  3. However, if the mud-mix is too heavy this could cause technique to be thrown off due to pushing too hard. This also causes heavy running angles. Drywall pros should experiment with their mixtures until they have discovered the perfect consistency that works for their tools, technique and individual preferences.
  4. Many professionals have discovered that the problem has been in the way that they handle their tools. The pressure should be centered when running angles and pressure that is off to one side or the other could significantly impact the overall finished product. For example, too much pressure to one side will leave one side light and the other heavy.
  5. Sometimes using a smaller angle head to finish the job does the trick. If you are using a 3 or3.5” head, change the size to 2” or so to finish. A larger angle head is harder to push with and could be causing heavy angles.
  6. Check framing. Bad framing could be the source of heavy angles. Keep the box in the angle.
  7. One tip that has worked for many drywall professionals is to coat in one or two passes, then skim the edges with a knife. After the mixture sets, adjust out the mechanical heads for the best results.
  8. In some cases, even industry veterans worry that a thin mixture will get on the floor and become messy. The mix is easily cleaned and if having a thinner mixture refines technique, mixing thinner could be worth considering for an overall cleaner presentation and reducing the thickness of the angles.
  9. Taping with a zooka, rolling and flushing with a 2.5” head has worked, in combination with skimming angles by hand, with a thinner mixture.
  10. When applying with a tube, application may not be even and this will affect the finished result, when it is not caught by rolling or flushing.

These are ten tips that have assisted drywall professionals with perfecting their angles. There should also be a mention of getting well acquainted with new tools and practicing with any new equipment before it is used in a professional environment. In many cases, new tools need to be “broken in” by the owner for the best results.

More Drywall Tips:

Before any project, make sure you will go through our drywall insulation tips and get to know the best drywall tips and techniques. For a professional looking finished product, please reference our tips to properly plan the job, including materials needed, application methods and tools needed for the job.

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