Installing the vinyl corner bead is one of the simplest steps when it comes to the drywall process. While there are a few different choices when it comes to corner beads, vinyl seems to be one of the most popular. Typically this is because it is a good quality, but for a great price. Here are a few materials that you will need along with the steps to help you through quickly.
Step 1 - Prepare the Area
Begin by making sure that the area is prepped. Once the drywall has been put up successfully, check to see that the corners and even and that nothing is protruding. The foundation needs to be set securely before moving on to the next step otherwise you will end up having problems with the bead. Then, clean the area with water and allow it to dry. This can be done with a damp washcloth or you can use a dry wash cloth as well as a spray bottle and do one part at a time. You need to make sure that there isn't any dust or dirt from setting up the drywall or the corner bead may be harder to install.
Step 2 - Prepare and Secure the Corner Bead
Once the drywall is ready, you can prepare the corner bead. Use the tin snips for the vinyl bead to cut, making sure to leave about a half inch at the bottom near the floor. Press the corner bead up to the wall and make sure that everything is squared away. Using a hammer, nail it in to make sure that everything has been secured. Nail through both the openings and the actual metal. While you want to be sure that everything is tight and fastened securely, you also don't need the nails to be more than 8 inches apart.
Step 3 - Clinch the Vinyl Bead
Use a few more nails in this step to be sure that everything is secure. Then, use your corner bead clincher to force the metal prongs into the drywall. This ensures that the siding is even and tight. Be sure to buy extra beading just in case, especially if this is the first time you are doing this task. While it is pretty simple to do, it isn't uncommon for a mistake or two when you are first starting out.
If you do run into a problem when you are working with the corner bead, you can just tear off the vinyl bead and start over. Typically this will happen if you line it up wrong and then begin to secure it. It isn't easy to fix once this has occured, but it is pretty simple to rip it off and then begin again. The key to this project is patience. Be sure to take your time and be patient and you will be able to get the job done with few mistakes or redos.