I can see why people hire this stuff out. But, as in wood working, I wanted to experience and learn how to do most everything DIY, which comes with a lumberjack kind of pride :) I bought the necessary drywall tools (paddle, 6” knife, 12” knife, mud pan, hawk). Watched some videos on how to tape & mud. They make it look so easy :) I had no stilts or roll around scaffold, just my 6’ ladder. I should of added more water to the mud mixture as I can now understand why thin coats are better than heavy coats: because you have to sand and thin coats are easier to lay flat than thick coats. Either way, I did a light to medium sanding by hand on the 6’ ladder. Next…sealing and painting. This is a garage / shop ceiling, not living room so not worried about going all out and using the hawk (decided that today as I do not want to mud again!).
-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"