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Things to learn on our Mechanical jointing and finishing course

Date: 30 July 2018

Discover the skills that you’ll learn on our three-day Mechanical jointing and finishing course

Our three-day Mechanical jointing and finishing course has been designed to develop knowledge and practical skills in using mechanical jointing tools for walls, ceilings, internal angles and applying external angles by hand application. We caught up with Sam Blacknell, Senior Technical Representative at our Technical Academy in East Leake to discover the skills that you can expect to come away with on completion of the course.

Getting tape on the walls, fast

Speed up your work by learning the process of properly loading materials into the automatic taping machine and working in the most efficient way, so by the end of the session you’ll be able to get on site and get to work faster than before.  Once you have mastered these skills, the only other potential challenge is maintaining the tool. Learn how to effectively clean the taping gun and the importance of doing so.

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Getting a neater finish

Learn how to complete the boxing process using a range of tools to help you form a neater finish. It’s a tricky skill to learn, but we’ll show you how it’s done, with plenty of handy tips thrown in, making the job much easier when you get back on-site.


Finishing techniques on plaster


Which sander to use, and when

Most sites around the UK still use mechanical sanders with dust extraction so it is important to be completely comfortable operating them. The course shows you how to properly set up the extraction system, which can be the difference between creating a hazard from dust and getting your work completed fast. Of course, there are still times when it’s necessary to use a hand sander, especially on smaller jobs. We also provide a few different techniques to best perfect the hand sanding method as well as recommendations on the necessary precautions to take when it comes to dealing with dust.


Becoming an expert on drywall primers and sealers

It’s really important to understand how to use these products correctly, as they can make all the difference to a finished job. Once you’ve taped and sanded your walls you must apply a coat of primer or sealer before decoration is carried out. The completed joints create high suction, so anything applied to them will dry quickly leaving you with an uneven finish between the high suction of the joints and the low suction of the plasterboard surface. Luckily, we have some useful measures to prevent this, which we cover on the course. For example, using drywall primer when it comes to jointing work will allow for a composite background to be evenly painted after the tape is applied. We also cover drywall sealer, which can be used where wallpaper is applied.


DriWall Primer



Saving time on-site with simple fixes

Any installer worth their salt will be able to tell you a time where accidental damage to plasterboard caused a problem on-site. Fortunately, as we produce the boards we know exactly how to fix them when minor damage occurs. Learn how to repair minor damage including knocks, bangs and bumps, which will make life so much easier when applying the jointing product. This means you can save time and money on site negating the need to completely re-board a surface due to minor damage.


Getting the most from your toolbox

There are a number of ways to carry out the jointing process. Some people still prefer to do it by hand because that’s how they were taught; and it is the traditional way for them. While there is nothing wrong with this technique, there is the danger that it could actually be less efficient on-site. Learn about the different tools available to assist with the jointing process, their benefits and how to use them. By the end of the three-day course even the most ardent hand application enthusiast will concede that mechanical tools work well, especially on larger scale jobs.


Taping gun for mechanical jointing training


Applying external angles by hand

Being able to apply external corner tapes and beads and form external corners around doors and windows is a valuable skill for installers. Learn how to master both and how to use tape and beads to protect the joint and angles as well as how to finish them. Unfortunately, external angles are easily damaged and knocked so the course also highlights a range of innovative product solutions designed to protect them.

The Mechanical jointing and finishing course has dates set on an annual basis at our national network of Technical Academies. Course attendance can contribute as evidence towards achieving a Diploma NVQ/SVQ in interior systems drylining finisher qualification. For more information, please visit the training section of our website.

Discover the skills that installers learn by taking our three-day Mechanical jointing and finishing course




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