You have your drywall flat box and handle all customized to your liking; now what? What should you inspect before you start running your finishing box? What is there to look for and how do you fill your flat box with joint compound so you can begin?
Read on to learn all you need to know about setting up a drywall flat box. You can also check out our featured video from Drywall Nation which provides a complete start-to-finish overview of how to set up a drywall flat box as well as everything you need to look out for before starting your project.
Before getting started, it's important to make sure that you take the right steps with your drywall flat box so you can maximize your efficiency and work quality
Step 1: Make Sure Your Flat Box is Clean
The first thing you want to do before getting started is to visually inspect your mud box and make sure you did a really good job of cleaning it the last time you used it. Cleaning your automatic taping tools at the end of every work day will help you get started that much faster on the following job.
Next up, you want to inspect your trowel bar and ensure that your trowel bar is nice and concave. Make sure there's no dried up mud or chunks of material underneath the bar itself.
When inspecting your trowel bar, a lot of movement and flex is a good sign! This flexibility alongside crown dial adjustments is what gives you a nice even crown along your wall or ceiling joint.