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Tapers - 47-2082.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Finisher Foreman
  • Drywall Finishing Foreman
  • Drywall Foreman
  • Drywall Mechanic
  • Drywall Taper
  • Finisher
  • Taper
  • Taper/Finisher
  • Taping Foreman

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
  • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
  • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.
  • Work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Install metal structural components.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
  • Select construction materials.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Taper

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Taper