Tapers Drywall and Ceiling Installer Job
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With the construction industry moving in a positive direction
(especially residential and commercial) the need for drywall and
ceiling tile installers along with tapers, are all in demand and by
the way, these trades work hand-in-hand and are
interchangeable. Please note that ceiling tile installers do
not install or lay down flooring. Both dry wall and ceiling
tile installers do the following: hang wallboards to walls
and ceilings and also installs ceiling tiles inside buildings;
while Tapers prepare the wallboards for painting, using tape and
other materials. Many workers do both installing and taping.
Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers work indoors. As
in many other construction trades, the work is physically
demanding. Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers spend
most of the day standing, bending, or stretching and they often
must lift and maneuver heavy, oversized wallboards. Injuries
include falls from mechanical lifts, ladders, or scaffolds and
stilts (yes stilts.) Other injuries can come from cuts from sharp
tools and muscle strains from lifting heavy materials. The work
also can produce dust, which can irritate the skin, eyes and
Although most drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers
learn their trade on the job, some learn through an
Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers held about
134,000 jobs in 2014, of which 68 percent worked in the drywall and
insulation contractors industry. About 23 percent were
Employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers is
projected to grow 16 percent from 2015 to 2022, faster than the
average for all occupations. Although there are no education
requirements to become a drywall installer, it is deemed useful to
have both high school math and general shop courses under your
A few groups, including some contractor associations will
sponsor apprenticeship programs. The basic qualifications for
entering such a program are as follows:
- Age Requirements:Minimum age of 18.
- Education:High school education or equivalent and general shop
courses are considered useful.
- Strong math skills: Drywall and ceiling tile
installers and tapers use basic math skills on every job. For
example, they must be able to estimate the quantity of materials
needed and measure accurately when cutting panels.
- Physically able to perform the work:
- 1. Physical stamina. Because
installers and tapers constantly lift and move heavy materials into
place, workers should be in good physical shape.
- 2. Physical strength. Standard
drywall sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds. Drywall and ceiling tile
installers often must lift heavy panels over their heads to secure
onto the ceiling.
Trained workers with a good work history and experience in the
construction industry have the best job opportunities.
Okay, so you feel you want to go into this line of work.
Check out below what your typical day will look like on the
Drywall installers typically do the
- Review design plans to minimize the number of cuts and waste of
- Measure the locations of electrical outlets, plumbing, and
- Cut drywall to the right size, using utility knives and power
- Fasten drywall panels to interior wall studs, using nails or
- Trim and smooth rough edges so that boards join evenly
Ceiling tile installers typically do the
- Measure ceiling tile to match blueprints or drawings
- Nail, screw, or clip in supports
- Put tiles or sheets of shock-absorbing materials on and into
- Keep the tile in place with cement adhesive, nails, screws, or
Tapers typically do the following:
- Prepare wall surfaces (wallboard) by patching nail holes
- Apply tape and use sealing compound to cover joints between
- Apply additional coats of sealing compound to create an even
- Sand all joints and holes to a smooth, seamless finish
Installers can also be
called framers or hangers. Tapers
also are called finishers. Ceiling tile installers
sometimes are called acoustical
carpenters because they work with tiles that block sound.
In addition to performing new installation, many installers and
tapers do repair work by fixing damaged drywall and replacing
Once wallboards are hung, workers use increasingly wider trowels
to spread multiple coats of spackle over cracks, indentations, and
any remaining imperfections. Some workers may use a mechanical
applicator, a tool that spreads sealing compound on the wall joint
while dispensing and setting tape at the same time.