The Best Way To Tape And Coat Butt Joint (VIDEO)

In this video, Kody Horvey of “Up To Kode” shares how he goes about taping and mudding butt joints.

Up To Kode 

On his “Up To Kode” YouTube channel, business owner and journeyman carpenter Kody Horvey takes his construction experience and shares it with everyone who is looking for a better jobsite experience. Kody’s intention is to demonstrate those countless little details for specific jobs that many other videos leave out. Of course, there are usually multiple ways to do the same job. Kody just hopes that his videos can make your jobsite experience a bit faster and easier. Kody wants everyone to get better and do the best job possible! Especially the first time, because who has time to do it twice?

Types of Joint Compound | Construction Pro Tips
Construction Pro Tips

Which drying compound is the best?

Drying compound comes premixed in buckets and boxes. As the name suggests, it hardens as the water in it evaporates. There are variations, but these are the two basic types:

All Purpose Joint Compound | Construction Pro Tips


All-purpose compound contains a lot of adhesive, making it the hardest, strongest type of drying compound. That strength makes it a good choice for the first coat (when you embed paper tape). You can use it for following coats too, but sanding will give you a workout.

Lightweight Allpurpose Joint Compound | Construction Pro Tips

Lightweight all-purpose

The main advantage of lightweight mud is that it’s easier to sand. The downside: It’s not as hard or strong, so it’s a bit more likely to dent when bumped or to crack at joints. Look for the term “lightweight” on the label. Don’t use lightweight compound to embed mesh joint tape; that combination sometimes leads to cracks.

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