Finishing Outside Corners
Time Required: 2-4 hours
Outside corners tend to take a beating, so it is a good idea to reinforce them with a metal corner bead. This is nailed to the outside corner, and then joint compound is applied. Keep in mind that you should allow a day for drying for each coat of joint compound on corner joints. Pick a time to tackle this project when you won't mind having a wall "under construction" for a few days.
This guide outlines the procedures for applying drywall, cutting and securing the corner bead and applying drywall compound.
Measure the length of the corner, and cut the bead to length with a pair of tin snips. The metal is thin and easy to cut. Cut from one edge toward the bead in the center and then cut from the other edge toward the center.
Drywall bead is nailed to the wall instead of screwed in because the screws tend to bend the metal. Drive a 1½-inch drywall nail every 9 inches into the holes along the edge of the bead.
Dip the knife in drywall compound and pick up about an inch of compound. Rest one edge of the knife against the wall and the other against the bead. Pull the knife along the bed to apply the compound. Repeat on the other side of the corner.