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RTC_wa 03-12-2013 02:51 PM

has any one ever used this???
I have a question? I have a sheetrock prodject coming up not good at tape and mud. saw this on youtube. has any one used this tool?
thanks in advance

joecaption 03-12-2013 02:54 PM

Just a cheap spin off of a real one.

RTC_wa 03-12-2013 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1135614)
Just a cheap spin off of a real one.

I am a DIY not a contractor and all I am doing is a living room 20X30 then that is it never use it again. I don't need a 100 dollar tool. unless I am doing it for a living thank heaven I don't.

ToolSeeker 03-12-2013 03:25 PM

Yea we used to make them out of cardboard boxes. They were called slop boxes only we put a rope on them up over your neck and you would walk around with it.

coupe 03-12-2013 05:32 PM

the idea, is to put mud on the joint/corner, not on both sides of the tape and all over yourself, wall, and floor creating a slipping hazard. watching these, reinforce the fixation on amount and easiness of sanding. simply use a 6" knife and a mud pan, mud the joint/corner, apply tape, wipe off keeping knife firmly against the drywall on all three coats 12" and 15" trowels for second and third coat. there will be little sanding needed only along the outer edges.

my wife and I used to sand and prime a 125 sheet 3 bedroom house in 6 hours

747 03-12-2013 06:26 PM

go with mesh tape. You can't mess it up. Concerning mud. Just take your time. You will get the hang of it. Worse case scenario some extra sanding.

coupe 03-12-2013 07:51 PM

can't mess up! you ever try to coat mesh? 1 too many psses when sanding, little mesh tips everywhere.

ToolSeeker 03-12-2013 08:34 PM

Can't mess up I would sure like to see how you keep it creased to get a sharp corner. How do you keep from cutting it with the corner of your knife when you pull the corner flat. How do you keep it from cracking down the road since mesh tape has no strength vertically.

747 03-12-2013 08:57 PM

Well then go with paper tape. I found mesh to be easier to use then paper tape. I like the self sticking.

Sharp corner. Paper only. LOL (I never used it in the corners) Corners are tricky. Fold tape perfectly in half then use a corner troll.

ps. You could always just hang the drywall and pay somebody to tape and mud.

coupe 03-12-2013 09:24 PM

paper tape is made with crease to fold it perfectly in half, just slide it between thumb, index finger, and middle finger

RTC_wa 03-13-2013 12:56 AM


Originally Posted by 747 (Post 1135791)
go with mesh tape. You can't mess it up. Concerning mud. Just take your time. You will get the hang of it. Worse case scenario some extra sanding.

forget mesh I have seen it used and it is not the look I want. I will spend the 30 bucks to give it a try and see how I like the tape buddy. Heck I have wasted more money on other junk tools and what nots.

oh'mike 03-13-2013 04:56 AM

Let us know how it works!

mpellerin 03-13-2013 06:34 AM

I have and I loved it!!

I should mention that I am fairly new to DIY, 5' 2", female and in my mid-fifties. I had a hard time geting 8 feet of tape up quickly enough before the mud started to dry a little, enough that I would question how well it would adhere. I bought one of these and it made the job MUCH easier, and my results were much much better, the tape much smoother. Just be sure to thin the mud (watch their official video), use a full roll of tape and fill the chamber up with mud. It is more trouble to run out of mud and have to clean it and re-fill than to waste a little mud.

My son-in-law borrowed mine and was also amazed at how much his taping was improved.

You may also like this: It helps with the mess from sanding. It doesn't eliminate the dust, but it does help.

I'd like to hear what you think about it if you do get one.


frankdb 03-15-2013 03:08 PM

I think that thing is a waste of money if your only doing one job.
The mesh tape is a love or hate it kind of thing. My dad's owned a painting company for 30 plus years and he cringes any time I mention the mesh tape.
If your an amateur- mesh tape is good because you know that the mud is fully covering both sides (since you can see through the tape). You just have to be careful when you sand it. Also, its thicker than paper so you could end up building up too much mud over the tape.
I think paper tape is better (and cheaper) but you need to make sure you're getting enough compound behind the tape. If the tape doesnt make good contact with the joint compound behind it, it'll lift/bubble.

rckkrgrd 03-16-2013 11:14 AM

I have used similiar ones and they actually do work well if you don't mind the mess. You can make a usable one by just screwing a dowel across an old mud pan or any box. Use your fingers to control the amount of mud on the tape. I don't use them any more as practice has made me neater and faster with just a taping knife. The important part is good mud coverage and squeezing it out as thoroughly as possible.

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