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How To Drywall - Applying Flats And Buts With The Bazooka

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For More Tips and Tricks Visit: www.ehowtodrywall.com Running the Drywall Automatic Taperis tricky, its not something that you will be able to pick up and go with it. It takes a little practice but if your going to tape like an entire basement it may be something you want to either rent or borrow from someone. Its important that you put the tape in the bazooka like shown in the video, if you don't put it that way it will cut your hand while your using it. The bazooka can end up saving you lots of time if ran properly. We prepare the bazooka for mud by moving the lever on the right of the bazooka forward holding the wheel down, like on the video. We fill up the bazooka with a pump, you need a pump if your going to use the bazooka, or use the boxes. We mixed our mud earlier, it takes about 10 to 15 pumps to fill up the bazooka, make sure you keep a hand on the top of the bazooka will filling to know when its full. You don't want to overfill your bazooka, as it creates a mess when you release the lever from the pressure, or even worse it can break the steel wire inside the bazooka making it inoperable. Once your all filled up you can flip the bazooka around and move the lever back to its original position making it ready to run on the walls. Hold the bazooka with one hand at the bottom and the other hand right above the cutter/advancer piece in the middle of the bazooka,so its easy to cut a piece of tape when needed. Use the advance piece with conjunction with the wheel piece on the side of the bazooka to advance the mud, ending with a little piece of tape advanced with mud on it ready to apply on the wall. The video really shows this step in detail. Make sure that you don't run the bazooka flat against the wall, you want your bazooka to run on only one wheel, again like in the video. So the middle piece on the bazooka, it forwards the tape if you push up, and it cuts the tape if you pull on it. this piece is used all the time, hence why we keep a hand close to it at all times. At the bottom of the bazooka there is a piece called the creaser wheel, we use the hand on the bottom to trigger that wheel. The creaser wheel is mostly use the crease the tape into the angles, or your corners. But it is also used to push the tape onto the wall a little as your running the bazooka so the tapes don't fall. I will be explaining the creaser more in detailed during the "Running Angles" part of the Drywall Automatic Taper. Once we have our buts ran, we need to wipe them before we run our flats. This will be shown in the next post. The bazooka is a tricky tool to use at first, but yea its an amazing time saver for us, it cuts our taping time by half, if not more. The right tools make the job easy, how to drywall, this is Phil Thankx for reading please leave comments.