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Old 03-19-2011, 10:13 AM   #16
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Above all, remember this. There is a world of difference between pros and beginners. And in the ways they best approach certain tasks.

I have developed great respect for many contributors on this forum. Bj is at the top of the list. BUT he is a pro. You are not. He, and others, can do things differently, often seeming to skip steps, and turn out excellent work. This seldom works for beginners.

Those of us doing our trades for a long time tend to forget that we very often do things without even giving them much thought. Novices have to think hard and deliberately about each and every step along the way.

If you did nothing more than listen to a good finisher 'slapping' mud on a wall, you would get the idea that drywall finishing is to be done in a reckless and haphazard manner. "Slap", "Bang", "Bam"! Nothing could be farther from the truth.

He can do it that way, but if you try what you think is the very same thing, you will likely end up with a total mess. That's why you had to take a fairly long time to learn to ride your bicycle. Had you not, you might have broken your neck.

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I agree with the above. I have always dipped the paper tape in a bucket for just a second. Actually what I have found works for me is I put a coat of mud on the seam I am getting ready to tape. I cut the tape to length, roll it up and put it in the bucket of water. I grab an end and squeegee it through 2 fingers together as i pull it out of the water. I lay the tape on the seam, Then draw a 6" knife down the seam. I have tried dry before and found I get more areas that don't seal or bubble up. So i just give it that little bit of water to make sure.
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I have developed great respect for many contributors on this forum. Bj is at the top of the list.
Totally agree If Bj posts i almost always check to see what he has to say.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:13 AM   #19
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when i hand tape patches using setting muds quicksets i do wet the tape first . it doesnt hurt anything cause the mud is wet ... but sometimes my quickset is sort of thick not soupy enough like regular taping mud is . never had any problems doing this .
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ok, let me see if I get this right.

If the theory that the drywall and tape absorb water from the mud thus weakening the bond is true then I assume that thinning the first coat of mud puts more water into the equation solving the problem.

Since thinner mud is maybe harder to work with for a beginner our alternative is to wet the tape.

I guess Bj assumes the OP is a pro since he told him to ignore the advice to wet the tape.

If I am a novice about to drywall a bedroom would Bj and others advise me to wet the tape over thinning my first coat or just use the tape dry without thinning?
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ok, let me see if I get this right.

If the theory that the drywall and tape absorb water from the mud thus weakening the bond is true then I assume that thinning the first coat of mud puts more water into the equation solving the problem.

Since thinner mud is maybe harder to work with for a beginner our alternative is to wet the tape.

I guess Bj assumes the OP is a pro since he told him to ignore the advice to wet the tape.

If I am a novice about to drywall a bedroom would Bj and others advise me to wet the tape over thinning my first coat or just use the tape dry without thinning?
He will probably say what I said..... "Try it dry first." It may work just fine for you.
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Personally myself whenever I have done dry walling I have always put the dry tape into the mud and never had a problem.

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