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Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Spreads sealing compound between boards, using trowel, broadknife or spatula.
- Spreads and smoothes cementing material over tape, using trowel or floating machine to blend joint with wall surface.
- Installs metal molding at corners in lieu of sealant and tape.
- Countersinks nails or screws below surface of wall prior to applying sealing compound, using hammer or screwdriver.
- Fills cracks and holes in walls and ceiling with sealing compound.
- Applies texturizing compound and primer to walls and ceiling preparatory to final finishing, using brushes, roller, or spray gun.
- Mixes sealing compound by hand or with portable electric mixer.
- Presses paper tape over joint to embed tape into sealing compound and seal joint.
- Sands rough spots after cement has dried.
- Tapes joint, using mechanical applicator that spreads compound and embeds tape in one operation.
- Ceiling Tile Installers
- Drywall Installers
- Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
- Tile and Marble Setters
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
Frequent Work Context
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Hazardous Situations
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done