A drywall finisher applies drywall panels to buildings. Usually, drywall is used for the interior walls of houses. Drywall panels will be hung and screwed, usually starting from the ceilings. An adhesive will also be used to help the drywall stay in place. The drywall will most likely have to be cut, so that it fits properly. The drywall finisher may have to tape the drywall joints. Then he or she will need to mix a compound that should be applied to the drywall after it has been installed, so that it looks seamless. After this, a texturizing or smoothing coat may be applied, so that it looks better. This may have to be done several times to achieve the desired results, and sanding of the wall may need to be done to get the right results.
It is important to be familiar and proficient with tools that are used in this job, such as hand rollers, paintbrushes, screwdrivers, saws, power tools, and mechanical applicators. Some jobs will also require the drywall finisher to apply the final paint coat.
Attention to detail is important in this job. Also, it is essential to meet minimum physical requirements, as this job can be very physically strenuous. The abilities to stand for long periods of time, to bend and stoop, to perform repetitive motions, and to lift heavy items are important. A drywall finisher should be able to perform the task in a relatively short time. The job may be done on a team, so it is important to be able to work well with others. There are often no education requirements for this position, although training can be acquired. Experience is often necessary.
Dry Wall Finisher Tasks
Paint finished drywall.
Patch, tape, sand, mud, and plaster drywall to remove seams and fill gaps.
Hang drywall on walls and ceilings, cutting to fit.
Travel to sites and bring materials.