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baum 10-16-2009 06:53 AM

Another drywall question
So what the pros-cons on putting the wheets vertical vs horizontal on the walls?

Also what type of mud should i use? first coat? mud to set the tape in? top coat?

ARI001 10-16-2009 07:09 AM

This has been covered here before. Try the search button in the future. Hanging vertically will require more tape and mud work (more lineal feet of joint). The joints will also be harder to blend. I use heavyweight (the green bucket) for the tape and first coat. Lightweight for the skim coat. Stay away from the quick drying muds you mix yourself unless you are pretty proficient with the mixing and knife work.

bjbatlanta 10-17-2009 04:38 PM

If it's a matter of eliminating "butt" joints or just a problem "stocking" with longer lengths,vertical is an option. Horizontal is the general rule in residential hanging. I personally don't use lightweight at all. It scratches and chips much easier than regular ready mix and isn't any easier to work with. If you use the mesh tape, setting type compound must be used for at least the first coat. Paper tape only in the angles.....

ARI001 10-17-2009 05:25 PM

I've only experienced the chipping and scratching with the low dust formula. I also really dis-like the mesh tape. I'm somewhat old school I prefer: paper (except for moist areas), no-coat, or straight flex.

bjbatlanta 10-17-2009 05:42 PM

I'm about as old school as it gets when it comes to drywall. 35 years in the trade. I only used the lightweight a couple of times and it was when someone else had it on the job. It's been a while back, so it may be (probably is) a better formula. Again, it's just my opinion. Tried the low dust once when it first came out and didn't like it either. The bucket I got was so thin it was hard to deal with. And I only use the mesh on small repairs with "speed set" to get the job done in a short time. A lot of DIY'ers use it though so I brought up the need for setting compound.....

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