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Old 10-01-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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I'm a newbie and thinking about using self sticking fiberglass tape on all drywall joints because I've had problems with the paper tape.

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You can use either, although the debate here will never be resolved as to which is better.

I used it because I've never had any luck with paper tape either. (curling, bubbles, releasing)
The mesh tape seems to be holding up well and was way easier than paper for me.

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The only real problem with the mesh tape is that it will crack much easier than the paper tape if you don't bed it in with rock hard mud on the first coat.
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Of course, I did have the advantage of knowing most of my seams will be covered with wallpaper or panels or textures. So far, so good! where it IS showing.

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Well, you shouldn't have any major problems with cracking if your house is relatively well built and on fairly solid soil. Most of the cracking problems come from the settling those two situations cause. (or should I say "not having those two situations".)
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It's interesting, Mick, I find working with paper tape far easier than the mesh stuff.
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Well, I built this place myself, so as long as the duct-tape and clothes hangers hold up, I'll be fine.

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I find the paper tape is easier to work with, however I will use mesh tape for repairs and cracks. The paper tape may have a bit more of a learning curve to it, however once you get the hang of it I think you would prefer it generally. Just don't put the first layer of mud on too thick, however make sure that your tape is fully embedded in the mud, or you will get bubbles. Don't pack the mud on when taping, just a nice thin coat to embed the tape.

As mentioned with mesh tape you should use a setting type compound (powdered stuff you mix with water) or else run the risk of cracks. You can use pre-mixed mud for your following coats.

You will have to use paper tape for your inside corners either way.
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Well, I built this place myself, so as long as the duct-tape and clothes hangers hold up, I'll be fine.

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Thats funny. I used bubblegum screws.
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IF you go with fiberglass tape, at least the first coat "MUST" be a setting type compound as per mfgr's. specs. That said, I would use paper unless it's a small repair I wanted to complete in one trip.....

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