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Old 04-26-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Contractor says he doesn't need to tape inside corner of drywall joint


I am having a built in shelving put in and there is some new drywall the buts up to existing wall. Contractor has not taped the inside corners adjoining the existing wall and ceiling.

Everything I know about drywall and can find on the net says you should tape either paper of mesh all inside corners

Am I missing something
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:13 AM   #2
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Yes, acceptable practice for finishing drywall is to tape and mud all seams no matter where they are. Taking shortcuts by filling a seam with caulk, etc. is unacceptable.

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yep ....ALL SEAMS MUST HAVE TAPE AND MUD.....
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Interesting. I've always used paper in inside corners. Because that was the way i was taught. Now after seeing your pic, i'm beginning to question why is paper and mud needed when the seam is small...why won't stay flexible caulking work ???
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Interesting. I've always used paper in inside corners. Because that was the way i was taught. Now after seeing your pic, i'm beginning to question why is paper and mud needed when the seam is small...why won't stay flexible caulking work ???

I wonder the same thing. Why would caulk be such a bad thing for a tight inside corner?

I'm not a drywall guy outside of small repairs, just wondering.
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to answer your question ..caulking will not hold even if it looks right its not..drywall 101 all seams are to be taped and mudded for proper finish and holding of the corner.....
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Actually, it is not as strange and as hack as everyone is making it sound.

There was no sermon on the mount that requiresd every inside corner to be taped.

Assuming a tight corner to begin with, often a very acute inside angle is caulked.

In applications of new drywall going up against old and textured drywall, a good quality caulk can provide a much better appearance than attempting tapeing the old formerly finished drywall.... without loss of performance.

There is the old school that probably has not considered the quality of new caulks that have come along way since the old crap that used to dry out.

In fact, think about it, mud is subject to cracking and paper can even tear. Caulk can provide a greater degree of movement... and much easier to repair.

(Think about it, in tileing it is virtually an industry standard/requirement... admittedly paper tape is stronger than a grout joint... but similar principals apply)

I'm not advocating caulking every inside corner... most are not tight enough anyways.... but there is no prohibition, and you will find it is used by perfectly legit contractors given the correct circumstances.

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(PS: I can't really tell your circumstances there by the pic.)
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It comes up often in re painting/remodeling that caulk is used to fix cracked out inside corners. And when re rocking walls to textured ceilings.

As long as your not pushing the caulk beyond its dimensional limitations (a lot of drywall corners would) I don't see why it wouldn't 'hold' as well as or better than joint compound.

It might be an aesthetic issue if caulking the corners left them rounded looking instead of a sharp 90 degree corner.
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I've always taped every inside corner. But in those tight corners it sure would be much easier to caulk and I would probably do it if I felt that I would get good aesthetic results. Some good points made above. I may consider it an option in the future. thanks.
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I always thought it was a fire code issue. Don't know if all caulks are fire rated now days. Any thoughts?
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I always thought it was a fire code issue. Don't know if all caulks are fire rated now days. Any thoughts?
Rob.... Most are not..... but I don't know any fire rateing issues.... apart from normal garage... two story chases.... balloon framing , cove ceilings etc

I don't very often (very seldom) not tape... and I don't even remember if I ever did on a permitted instance.
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Seems to me if there were any wall movement that tape could hide that. Without tape the plaster would crack. It could with tape also but there could be some movement that tape would hide.
Caulk, What does the adhere to. It adheres to the plaster board and would not hide much movement. The previous owner of my house used it extensively and I hate it. It discolors if not painted and when it comes time to fix the area it is in it is hard to remove.
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well maybe iam old school..but I"ll tape a corner evertime ...in the trades 40yrs ..and guess what..they still tape corners and they look excellent
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