The Mud Slinger

There was only one truck in front of the house this morning.  We had a pretty good idea who it would be:  The Mud Slinger!

Something new caught my attention. There was a pile of sand and a stack of cement bags in front of the house.  I’m guessing they are for the front porch.

This was my first look inside as we came in the door. Stilts and tape: a clue.

The bedroom had been taped too.

Then we saw the man with a gun.  Well, I called it a gun anyway. I had never seen such a tool and was fascinated.  He moved fast.  The gun dispensed tape and joint compound (or mud, as my daddy called it).  He was going so fast; I could hardly catch him working before he finished whatever seam he was taping.  Even across a whole wall.

Afterward, he would use his trowel to remove excess mud and smooth it out.

He scraped the excess into a pan.

I got a closer look when he set the gun down.

Then he pumped the handle to reload mud.

He had a different attachment to apply tape in the vertical and horizontal corners.

He also went over the corners with a small tool to press the tape in snugly.

Here is a slightly closer look.

I like the looks of the room with the horizontal stripes.  Maybe I’ll get bold and paint some one day.  But, probably not.

I was wondering when he would use the stilts.  Here he is in the hallway, using the trowel up high.

I had a theory that seems to be confirmed today.  The walls will be painted with that “orange peel” finish.  We did not get a choice on that at the “build comm”.  Today, he did not spackle the nail heads.  Two plus two put together in my head.  They use the orange peel style of paint because it hides minor imperfections, hence, they don’t need to sling mud at the nail heads.  It’s my theory and I’m stickin’ with it. Like mud on drywall.


8 thoughts on “The Mud Slinger

  1. Mala Burt August 8, 2017 / 5:36 am

    I’ve done some mudding of tape in my day. What a great tool. It sure would have saved some time although I never did a whole house. Or worn stilts. Loving the photos of how it’s all done.


    • Dinata Misovec August 9, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      I have done a patch or two in my life. It was a LOT harder than it looks to get flat and smooth!


  2. JR Smullen August 9, 2017 / 8:26 am


    You haven’t seen anything until you see how they prep the drywall to give it the “orange peel” finish. The “device” that they used here looked an awful lot like a manual grass seed spreader, if you have ever seen one of those. The hopper is on the top and there is a crank on the side that “slings out” either grass seed or “mud”. If you do it outside, you get a lawn… if you do it inside you get “orange peel” or one of several other textured drywall finishes.

    PS. It actually has nothing to do with the paint itself. 🙂



    • Dinata Misovec August 9, 2017 / 9:31 pm

      That is fascinating. I had no idea. Now, I’m going to make sure I am around to witness that. The mud slinger told me today that it will be ready to paint by the weekend.


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