Tape construction is a construction method of building with pre-cut strips of wood and nails, or brads. It is used to construct walls and ceilings during a remodeling or new-construction project. The structural integrity of the wall is mostly dependent on the length and number of nails used along with the lengths and widths of the wood strips.
Benefits of tape construction
- Speed of construction
This is the most important benefit of tape construction. With tape, you can build a wall quickly without the need to keep track of all the pieces and measurements as in traditional methods.
It is probable that walls are made using a combination of different types of wood materials and nails that cannot provide good structural integrity unless you use tape construction. The use of pre-cut pieces can help improve the strength of your walls by decreasing or eliminating some gaps or unevenness in thickness.
The cost of building a wall with tape is significantly lower than traditional methods. It can be one-fifth or even one-tenth the cost. You can have your walls constructed within days, which is much faster than some traditional methods that need weeks or even months of time to finish construction.
- Ease of construction
You can build many walls at once because you can use the same pieces that are already pre-cut for other walls in your home remodeling project. With traditional labor, it would take at least three workers to finish these jobs in the same period of time it would take one worker to complete a tape construction job.
- Reuse of materials
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can use recycled wood to make construction easier. You can also use recycled paper, plastic and other materials to construct your walls, as they are cheaper than natural materials and save time to finish projects.
With tape construction, you can add layers of wood without the need to measure and cut each strip. You also don’t have to spend much time doing so, which is a huge advantage.
Where to use tape construction
You can easily use tape construction in any room you want to build. It is ideal for new construction or remodeling of your home, and most people use it to construct walls for a bathroom, kitchen or garage. You can also use tape construction to make ceilings within your home.
Tips before you start
- Be mindful of the materials used
When choosing wood, measure your area and then select the right pieces of wood that fit the measurements of your walls. Nails are also available in many sizes that you can adjust according to the thickness of your walls. Also, think about the type of brads that will be used and any other details that you want to keep in mind before starting construction.
- Clean the area
Before you can start construction, select a good place to build your walls. You can use paint or wallpaper to decorate the room. Next, you have to clean the area where you will be constructing your walls by removing soil and debris. It is also advisable that you prepare a work space so that you can accumulate all necessary things like glue, paint brushes and other tools used in construction.
- Prepare the pieces of wood
You have to prepare all the necessary materials and tools before beginning construction of your wall or ceiling. You also need to gather enough nails, pre-cut strips of wood and other items.
- Plan the layout of your wall
The next step is to plan the layout of your wall. It is advisable that you use a pencil and straightedge to mark the outline of each piece so that it’s easier for you to construct it correctly. You also need to make sure that you will have enough space for the hardware and materials needed to finish the construction.
- Use the right type of tool or material
You can use a combination of tools used in traditional construction. These include hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, saws and any other kinds if tools that can help in laying out and building walls using tape construction.