Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Median Annual Wage: $46,630

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (46%); Less than high school diploma (29%); Post-secondary certificate (25%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Finisher; Drywall Finisher; Drywall Mechanic; Drywall Taper; Taper; Drywall Finisher Foreman; Drywall Finishing Foreman; Drywall Foreman; Taper/Finisher; Taping Foreman

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  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.
  • Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
  • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
  • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
  • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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