School of Drywall
Techniques.com and Pro-Tech School of Drywall offers an
intensive 10 week trade course for those who wish to learn
the trade and make it their career. Qualified drywallers
are in great demand. The training provided with this hands
on course, you will be in an excellent position to start
your construction career quickly and begin earning good
wages! If you want to start your own business, this is an
excellent opportunity. In the study of the management and
technological aspects of residential and commercial construction
projects. Drywall Finishers apply finishing techniques to
the planning, design and construction of a project in order
to control the time and cost to complete the project and
the quality of the construction. The construction industry
can use people who possess skills and knowledge in the Pre-Rock
Installation, Sheetrock Installation, and Taping & Finishing
technological aspects of construction projects.
is a thin section of gypsum, sandwiched between two pieces
of heavy paper used to build inside walls. Drywall Hangers
measure, cut and install the drywall whereas drywall finishers,
also called drywall tapers cut and install metal corner
beads to protect exterior corners, and fill nail indentations,
joints, holes and cracks with joint compound. This is accomplished
using a taping machine and a broad knife.
video and multimedia production technology and resources,
we provide end-to-end e-Learning content creation solution
professionals need a variety of skills to succeed in this
dynamic field. If you are looking for a Drywall and a Interior
Plaster Restoration school, Drywall Techniques and Pro/Tech
School of Drywall provides the comprehensive training and
hands-on practice that makes learning of the basics of this
field .Drywall was developed as a substitute for wet plaster.
It consists of a thin layer of gypsum sandwiched between
two pieces of heavy paper made in standard-size panels of
four feet by eight or twelve feet. Installers cut the panels
to fit, then nail or screw them to the frames.
Drywall installation requires careful measuring and cutting
to fit pieces into small spaces above doors or below windows.
Installers also saw holes in the panels for electrical outlets
and plumbing. Because drywall is heavy, an assistant works
with the installer to position and secure the panels. A
lift may be used to install ceiling panels. After the drywall
has been installed, tapers use a compound to fill joints
between panels. Using the tip of a wide trowel, they spread
the compound along each side of the joint. They then press
a perforated paper tape into the wet compound and scrape
away excess material. Tapers, who are also known as finishers,
may use automatic taping tools to apply the joint compound
and tape in one step. Additional coats may be added to make
a smooth surface. Finally, the wall is sanded to ensure
uniformity between patched and unpatched areas.
finisher’s work begins after the drywall has been properly
installed by the applicator. They use a special trowel and
brush like strokes to fill the joints between the panels.
Finishers apply the joint compound along each side of the
joint, and apply paper tape over the length of the joint.
They immediately use the towel to press the paper tape into
the wet compound and remove any excess drywall compound.
When the joint compound is dry, they may apply more coats
to fill in any holes and make the surface smooth. On bigger
projects, drywall finishers might use automatic taping tools
that apply the joint compound and tape in one step. They
apply two more layers of compound, sanding between each
layer. Some finishers may even apply textured surfaces to
walls and ceilings with trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
applicators work in teams, often with other trades people
such as carpenters and plumbers. Those who are working on
a contract basis.
generally work on either interiors or exteriors and apply
various types of plasters accordingly. Exterior plasterers
apply stucco (a mixture of portland lime, cement and sand)
and texture it, or embed it with marble or gravel chips
to produce a decorative finish. On interior surfaces, plasterers
may use different procedures to apply plaster. They usually
put the plaster on walls and ceilings to make surfaces fire
resistant or increase soundproofing; however they also apply
plaster for aesthetic purposes.
finishers must have excellent manual dexterity and a steady
hand. They are perfectionists, rarely satisfied with their
work. They can read blueprints and follow guidelines very
easily, yet maintain enough creativity to put their own
personal touch into their work. They also enjoy working
with people and have great communication skills.
Install metal moldings at the corners of walls
Tape joints either manually or using an automatic taping
Mix Drywall compounds by hand or with a portable mixer
Spread and smooth Drywall compound material over taped joints
Use trowel, broad knife to spread Drywall compound between
boards and to fill cracks or holes in the wall and ceiling
Apply a textured surface and primer to walls and ceilings,
to prepare them for painting. Using brushes, roller, or
a spray gun
Sand rough spots of dried Drywall compounds
Drywall finishers work standard 40-hour weeks, with occasional
longer hours to meet construction deadlines. Since they
work in buildings that are under construction, they are
subject to dust, dirt, loud noises, and bad weather. They
may work on ladders and scaffolds and may be required to
lift big, heavy sections of drywall. Therefore; they must
take proper safety precautions. Most drywall finishers are
required to have their own tools, such as a measuring tape
and a drywall hammer.
finishers receive their training either through informal
training, on-the-job training or an apprenticeship program.
Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship
program or after several years of work experience. While
trade certification is not mandatory in all areas to become
a drywall finisher, it can be a requirement for many employers
and can also help secure employment.
programs involve a combination of on-the-job training and
classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also
be available which takes about five to six months to complete
at a community college and is designed to help you get connected
with a good company to apprentice with. It is important
to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education.
While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high
school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally
prefer to hire high school graduates.
can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to
five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position, however
wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the
Journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully
completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry
training and apprenticeship office awards the drywall finisher
a certificate of completion.
Union Journeyman in the Seattle Metro area with the full
benefit package is about 44 Dollars an hour.
Curriculum consists of:
1- Pre-Rock & Sheetrock Installation
to use power planers, jet line, straight edges, screw
guns, construction adhesive ,butt stripes, butt boards.
and the proper applications of sheetrock installation.
2- Taping & Finishing
to use the drill to mix your compound correctly ,
and using your pan and knives ,also applying the techniques
that you will learn in this section.
3 - Texturing
will be three to four different textures you will
learn in this section. From spray texturing to hand
texturing. Mixing your texture is very important to
get the consistency right Using the right equipment
is also very important as well as compressor pressures.
Hand texturing can take some time to prefect but in
this section your Section book and the DVD will help
you out very well.
4 - Sheetrock / Plaster Patch and Repair
this section, you will be dealing with repairing holes
and cracks in plaster and sheetrock. Using the right
tools for the job and mixing the right materials such
as drywall compounds and hot muds. Also, learning
to speed up your hot muds with the use of powdered
- 5 Arches
will be installing sheetrock on studs. Making sure
the rock is trimmed back enough installing flex bull
nose corner bead, hot mudding and finish coating.
The finish will be smooth. Learn the right tools for
the job, the techniques for the job and do your project
with confidence .
6 - Plaster Restoration
this section, we will be repairing interior plaster
walls and ceilings. We will show how to patch large
areas with ¼ inch sheetrock re-nail lathing, pre-fill
with hot mud and fiber mesh with plasters mesh. Then
a series of skim coat with drywall compound which
are more user friendly than Imperial plaster.
- Using automatic taping tools
will be learning to use a roller, glazer, angle box,
the flat box and the tube, or the bazooka.These
are the production tools that you will want to become
very proficient with. Remember do clean work and speed
equals money with these tools .
8 - Resurfacing Plaster and Sheetrock
this section, you will be learning to skim coat over
ruff plaster and sheetrock to give yourself a smooth
wall finish. You will learn to mix compounds, use
a sanding pole, sponge sander and seeing how important
it is to use a light and a face mask.
your tuition paid you will have access to the school for
3 years including any updates that you may inquire about.
will be an online class for one hour Monday Thru Friday.
Students must have Adobe Flashpoint and a web browser to
will have the availability of the instructor by phone as
well as some of the projects that will be required. You
will needed to be video taped and sent to Pro - Tech for
Students will be able have access to the Instructors and
questions answered within 24 hours.
attend school online with Pro-Tech School of Drywall,
you will need the latest version of Adobe
Flash Player and a pc camera.
are starting soon so please register early!