THE #1 BIGGEST MISTAKE NOVICES MAKE, when doing Drywall Finishing on Drywall Repairs, plus a contest



know what I'm going to talk about today I'm going to talk about what I think is the number one mistake the biggest mistake novices make when they're trying to do their own home repairs and I'm going to explain to you what that is right after this hey once again welcome to that kilter guy videos here where we teach you to home improvement videos we're gonna teach you how to do these yourself empower you to do it yours but we're gonna teach you how to do it yourself save some money and take pride and workmanship doing it yourself and today what we're gonna talk about is the number one biggest mistake that I see novices make and I see this all the time but but before we get into that if you're a repeat viewer of mine you might want to skip ahead a little bit you've probably heard this before but for all of my new viewers I hope you'll take a moment to subscribe we've got a whole lot of videos that we're putting out to teach you guys how to do this stuff and teach how to do it right and if you like this video at the end be sure and give us a thumbs up and don't forget to check out the description down below got a lot of good information a link to an Amazon store where I've outlined some tools that will work best for doing this stuff and link to our website some free guides would giveaway and so on now I've been doing this for over 30 years and I've done lots and lots of probably tens of thousands of repairs I specialized in repairs for half of that time so over 15 years and I've seen lots of homeowners handyman carpenters plumbers pet sitters you know everybody tries to do their own drywall and that's what we're here to teach you I'm encouraging you guys to do it but I often see one really common mistake that cost you guys in quality there's kind of two parts to it so I'm going to show you what that is and how to not do that and it's really not that hard you guys are just making this one simple mistake a lot and the mistake is this yes it's a mud knife this one is a six inch knife I've watched a lot of videos on YouTube I've seen a lot of people try it their self and just the other day I was on a job helping a friend of mine doing some work for him and he had a helper there and she's been trying to learn how to do the basics of drywall the repair and that and I've gave her a few pointers well when I showed up she was trying to do everything with this six-inch knife and I showed her why that's not really a good idea which I'm going to show you guys here she was struggling it actually was looking not so great it comes out really rough and so the theory that I see a lot of you trying to do is put it on rough and sand it smooth that's not how we do it and that's not how you have to do it it's not really that hard to do it the right way so let me just demonstrate on this scrap piece of rock here I just did a video on matching texture with a texture sponge where you can make that yourself so look that up if you want but let's just say you needed to coat this spot right here so everybody gets out their mud and there's six inch knife and let's just say it's a little bit bigger because if it's just a six inch knife you just go like that it's not that bad but here's where the problem comes in you put on the mud and you're trying to get it coated and then you're trying to smooth it out and it kind of comes out like that a lot of times now some of you might got to do it a little bit better but it still kind of exaggerating little so you can see it on camera better but it still leaves these lines everywhere so let's say I try and smooth it out a little bit more and you still have all these lines well the problem is the mud is a lot whiter than your night and these knives just don't float out much so here's the solution get the bigger knife a good size I'd recommend for you guys is a 10 inch or 12 inch this is a 12 inch knife now watch how quickly I change the look of that okay you see all the little lines in it that's left and hey I feel like I could leave it smoother and I could do that for this video but if I do that it's not going to show what I see you guys doing all the time so now watch we take this 12-inch knife we make one pass across it actually what you normally should do is start by feathering these outside edges that's where you bend your knife go around the outside edge you take away that that rough edge right there so so now we feathered it now we go across it one time and what we do is we lay our knife down a fairly low angle and you actually have to push fairly firmly and then just do this and see how smooth that came out that quick now that requires almost no sanding I mean almost zero you're gonna have to send that outside edge and that's it now doesn't that look a lot better that's because these knives float things out the little knives don't they're great I use them all the time but you got to use the right tool for the right job now is that as easy as I made it look not really when I showed this person the other day I forgot how difficult it is for people who haven't run these 12 inches knives now what's hard about it is you actually have to push quite hard it's kind of hard to describe because to me it's not that hard now if you have a hard time with this what I'd suggest is going out and doing some exercise if you're gonna do this very much if you're doing it one time don't worry about this but if you're gonna do this much practice a lot or just go do some exercises where you do these wrist curls with the weight you're trying to build up this muscle right here that's the one that gives you the pushing power so I noticed what she was having trouble with is we got it down here and it was pretty rough like say like that and she went to wipe it in and it just kind of smeared it I can't hardly do it honestly because I've done this so much but I figured out what she was doing what she wasn't pushing hard enough so when I told her how to push harder so she got out both hands and really gave it a push and all sudden it's smooth right out so just beware that you do actually have to push fairly firmly and anytime you're running these knives the more you stand it up like this the more you're going to take off so if I go across here I'll take almost all of it off if I lay it way down you don't want to drag that or your knuckles through it but if you lay it way down you may not take off enough if you don't push hard enough but there's the secret right there so hey I hope that helped you out solve the riddle of why this isn't always the best knife if that did help you out let me know if you already knew this let me know too I appreciate you guys comment please comment down below that helps my channel grow and if you liked it be sure and give us that big thumbs up and subscribe to our Channel click that Bell icon you'll get a lot more notifications about the videos that are coming up we've got a whole lot more in mind so we're gonna put out a lot to help you guys so check out the link down below in the description for any tools that you need and let us know what you think and we'll see you on the next video everybody take care we'll see them so hey I hope so hey

47 Comments

  • That Kilted Guy DIY Home Improvement

    April 15, 2019

    Hey everyone, thanks so much for joining us here on That Kilted Guy DIY videos. Today, 4.13.19, we have gained around 700 new subscribers thanks mostly to this video. And this video has had over 40,000 views in just 2 days! I appreciate all of you so much, and thank you for joining us on here. Your support keeps me motivate, and helping you is why I do this. Please comment, as I try to respond to all of them, and it helps my channel grow even more. It's my goal to help you all learn how to tackle these projects yourself to save you money, and to give you pride in doing it yourself, plus It's my goal to teach you how to #DoItRight

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  • stephen bernsen

    April 15, 2019

    I tried telling my brother this exact thing, but he wouldnt listen and by the time he was done he was completely white, from all the sanding he had to do.

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  • Bernard Shelton

    April 15, 2019

    Good job just stumbled across this site. Where can I see more?

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  • EL PAIZA dCUAUHTEMOC

    April 15, 2019

    Bum Old man piece of ?

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  • Alejandro Sanchez

    April 15, 2019

    Lo mejor y bien explicado

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  • Chad Keith

    April 15, 2019

    Great video! ?

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  • Thomas Broking

    April 15, 2019

    Well done !

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  • Travis k

    April 15, 2019

    You know. I can deal with the kilt. But i can't take the thumb ring.

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  • Michael Devito

    April 15, 2019

    I wanted to learn how to do this stuff for myself so when I renovated my basement I offered to help my contractors with an extra hand in exchange for teaching me how to drywall and mud, etc, …well, it wasn’t until about the 3rd day where I actually had the confidence and know how to work effectively and efficiently on my own. Hanging drywall I found easy, I was on my own almost immediately, but tapping & mudding was another story entirely. I learned from my contractors but I also watched as many videos on the subject as I could. I went to Lowe’s and purchased my own tools as well. Then, after about the 3rd day when I felt more confident about my newly acquired skills, I noticed that on some videos the guys who seemed to know how to work mud the most professionally they weren’t using a pan and blades, they were using a trowel and hog! So I went back to Lowe’s and purchased these different tools used for the same stuff. At first I made an incredible mess but after another day or two I began to form my own opinions about which tools work the best for me. I ended up preferring using blades with a hog (a flat platter that you hold by a handle balanced as if you were holding a pizza from the center with one hand leaving the other hand free to work) I find the large flat surface area of a hog more useful than using a pan. The major differences in using blades compared to using trowels is that you PUSH trowels, while you PULL blades. This is a huge difference because most people have far greater endurance for those long jobs pushing. Pulling is more fatiguing and better for detailed and accurate smaller jobs. Just my two cents

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  • J Lee Lau

    April 15, 2019

    Great tips

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  • D Le

    April 15, 2019

    I always have problems with this mud repairs by using 6 inch tool.
    How you finish the texture after fixing the wall?

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  • Robert Phillips

    April 15, 2019

    Really a good informative video!

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  • Jeffrey Yannello

    April 15, 2019

    Good video..this man is great!

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  • Thomas Collier

    April 15, 2019

    This helps a lot thanks for sharing.

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  • Justin Hamilton

    April 15, 2019

    I subbed because you seem polite. With nice content to watch!

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  • Don Pfeiffer

    April 15, 2019

    Great channel Brother. Just found you and am one of the new subs tonight. Outstanding information brother!!! I already knew what you were presenting since I’ve been in construction or over 30 years but folks, his info is spot-on!!

    You present the info in a very simple, understandable way. You my friend are going to do very well with your channel.

    Take care my friend!!!!

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  • Xterra64

    April 15, 2019

    I've noticed several spots in our new house in need of repair. The woman we bought it from hired a Handyman who I don't think he knew what he was doing. This will be a first for me, never did Drywall repairs my entire life but you make it seem simple and easy. Thank you! By the way I like the hat, Duty, Honor, Country! USAF!

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  • Edmond Pecot Jr.

    April 15, 2019

    drywall suks ass worst then your old raggedy ass finishes raggedy ass sheetrock baahahahhahaha…. an what's with the little helper pan bro hahahhahaha… I can't believe you made a sheetrock video man… you haven't had enough of finishing shit yet brah lol… be safe out there on them scaffolds and stills buckets and boards and ladders and keep up the great videos brother… think ima sub…

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  • Mertz Nayabis

    April 15, 2019

    I am doing such works in my house without any experience but thanks much with your video, i got the proper way.

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    I wonder if you have used a dry wall squiggy. A softy knife. My finisher uses it for the plaster base coat. It is awesome

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    8. I want a hoodie and have nothing more to say. So Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. Lol

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    7. So we are hired by the Pittsburgh Historical Society. The plaster widows we are recreating are a clover leaf with oak trim and oak shutters. I hope a man with your pride will go to my Facebook page and check out the photos. And leave me a comment

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    6. I shared your page to my Facebook page and tagged a Union Drywall Finisher. Who is one of the best i have worked with.

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    5. The series i watched and enjoyed wad that of the removal of popcorn texture

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  • Joel LaJuett

    April 15, 2019

    I also have 40 + years as a hanger /finisher and #1 rule is Tight is Right .
    This man knows what he is talking about. But after 30 years it's hard to make it look crappy when the only way you know is the right way…lol.
    Nice Job young man ?

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    4. I watched and enjoyed your work trailer video. When i was in middle school i worked for a Alcoa licensed Contractor name of John Murry. We worked out of a refurbished breadworks truck. With a 10' Metal break inside. The old school trades men loved organization. I try to teach my apprentices organization

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    3. This video was giving a thumbs up by me. Im on a pretty cool plaster job right now. I would like you to go to my Facebook page and check out the photos.

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    2. I also was a carpenters helper over summer break while in school. Your page is very good. I enjoy they older trades men who share knowledge

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  • Donnie Minard

    April 15, 2019

    This is for contest my face book page is Dondolino Minard. I am a Union Carpenter for 14 years.

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  • Cesar Calderon

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the tips

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  • Jeremy Morrison

    April 15, 2019

    I love how you tell all the Beta Males they need to work out. I will be laughing for days. Thanks

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  • Tiffany Adkins

    April 15, 2019

    Ugh I just finished my first attempt at fixing a crack abd used the small one

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  • Joe m

    April 15, 2019

    After 50 years (thanks to Youtube) last week, I learned how to press a 6-inch knife to feather the edges. Now you show it with a 12-inch trowel. Check out my original song.

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  • GN GD

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks

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  • Jason Nester

    April 15, 2019

    I’ve always used 10&12” but Hence another reason I put up wood walls drywall is garbage

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  • reay garayt

    April 15, 2019

    I learned something about drywall , thanks .

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  • Wayne Reeder

    April 15, 2019

    Once you dont notice the 6 ‘’ when feathering , 12 inch begins to cut to the finish

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  • Hoosier Fan

    April 15, 2019

    I really like your tip in this vid. I've done many small repairs but never got my quality to improve significantly. I thumbed up this one!
    And am going to explore your vid library for more tips.
    I've shared this one above to 2 friends for whom I've encouraged to try and learn basic drywall repair, and also so they can stop calling me. It's really a confidence booster when you do your first drywall repair and end up satisfied that you did it yourself….its not prefect, but at least you tackled it and will be more confident for the next one.
    Good work!!!

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  • Alan Robbins

    April 15, 2019

    Good tips, thanks.

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  • Pablo Pérez

    April 15, 2019

    Muchas gracias por compartir experiencia

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  • Rodney Widger

    April 15, 2019

    Brand new subscriber. Love the clear and precise way you went through explaining as you demonstrated what you were doing. I subbed because I have a ton of repairs to do and can't afford to hire it done. Thanks for sharing your talent and videos, Rodney

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  • Israel Rodriguez

    April 15, 2019

    Thank you, going to do this real soon for a customer and this video showed up on time. You seem like a really patient teacher!!!

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  • icecreamlady driver

    April 15, 2019

    Well, it looks like I have been doing it right. YAY. Thanks for the video.

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  • Judy Livingston

    April 15, 2019

    Wow, I am so excited to find you. I am a DIY'er out of necessity so I am now a subscriber and looking forward to checking out your videos and feeling better about my home. Thanks.

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  • Irvin Wittmeier

    April 15, 2019

    The only thing you missed is the knife has only one side that should ever tuch the wall there is an ark to the blade if it is not with the belly of the ark to the wall it will not come out right

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  • captmack007

    April 15, 2019

    Zzzzzzzzzzz…too slow gotta go

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  • Alcides Martinez

    April 15, 2019

    Great video. New subscriber here. Thanks for sharing

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