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Old 04-27-2009, 04:35 PM   #16
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Drywall Taping - do you apply a layer of mud over the tape on your first go?


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Granted there may be a bit of residual mud left,
this is the very thin coat that WillieT and I are talking about. Not to go back and add a second coat until the first is dry.

I use hot mud on first and second coats. Lightweight for third and touch-ups after priming. My point with the fans is that air movement is far better then heat. Most all heaters will add too much moisture to the air. But the fans I use are like wind tunnels.

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Old 04-27-2009, 06:14 PM   #17
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Understood. I think the OP is talking about hand taping and a light coat right away. And I agree that fans are the only way to properly attempt to "force dry" mud. Throw in an electric space heater or two if there's a bit of a chill. I know a lot of people like lightweight, but it sure scratches and dings a lot easier than regular ready mix. Haven't even tried it in years, but it used to seem awfully hard to pull too. Maybe it's better these days (and maybe brands differ too).
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:45 PM   #18
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if you are using paper tape on any bevel joints or drywall sheets that butt up (side to side)never double up(2 coat same day..seems to have a bubble effect...expanding joints past the level they should be filled (there isnt much on bevel joints,butt joints unless perfectly framed beneath drywall,always are humped,requiring at leasta 12 inch coat of mud on each side of the butt joint tape (its the highest side & your trying to blend it with existing wall..leave more mud to the outsides.of that tape..but make sure your tape is covered with 2 nd coat &skim coat
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I see your point bjbatlanta..many times we have experimented ..half a bucket of box mud into a slury(pump mud)then add sheetrock 45 or 90 sowe have time to work with it and also guarantees drying where we have not applicable heating guarunteed in custom homes,or commercial jobs...
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:01 PM   #20
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if you were using fiba tape ..yes add 1 st coat of mud...if your joints are paper taped let them dry...your boxmud that you mixed with water to apply to those joints will or should shrink or tighten..nothing but probs if you cut this corner....
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:43 AM   #21
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I've never done it personally, but I've subbed out work to finishers who mix setting compound with ready mix to expedited drying time. (As stated above on production work where proper heat is not available.) Haven't seen any ill effect, but probably not advisable for a DIY'er. And it was a crew that ran tools, not hand finishers as Homey pointed out....

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