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Old 04-15-2011, 08:41 AM   #16
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See your point, and my days of scurrying up ladders and working over my head are over too. But what happens when that joint flexes? Drywall compound is fairly unforgiving. Caulk maybe somewhat more.

But still confused, if you are covering the gaps with crown molding, why bother at all if you are not going to tape it?

I had trouble with tape too until many years ago a crusty old soul asked if I planned to keep 4.5 gallons of the $5 tub as a legacy or something. "Smother the joint son and press the tape into it. Tool off the excess and leave it alone for a day." I've never had a problem since.

What I cannot stand is the mesh stuff.

I happen to like inside and outside corner tools but many think I am a wimp. And I can do corners with a long straight knife.

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But still confused, if you are covering the gaps with crown molding, why bother at all if you are not going to tape it?
To smooth the area, block any possible air flow and give me surface to paint on until we wallpaper and trim. (AFTER the inspectors are out of my life forever!!!)
Bare sheetrock looks like crap.

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To smooth the area, block any possible air flow and give me surface to paint on until we wallpaper and trim. (AFTER the inspectors are out of my life forever!!!)
Bare sheetrock looks like crap.

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Now I understand. And what do have against inspectors? Are you suggesting that those who cannot do teach? And those who cannot do either inspect?

As you know, you have to play nice or they will shut you down. Electrical is nucking fightmare here. This is still conduit country. The only way around anything is to have a large extended family of handymen, not contractors, that are working on your place as a favor. Since moving back I have cousin Ralph, my electrician, Mary, my plumber, her sister Ruth is amazing with a finish nailer, Her husband John does drywall and his brother happens to know how to frame doors and windows.

Philadelphia was the worst though. I worked on a wonderful restoration with a great architect who handed me about $35K in cash one day. "You are going to need this! Keep it handy and do not buy donuts with it!" First and last project I did there. There was no shyness in the inspectors at all. "Want to work tomorrow on this?" And the palm was extended.

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There is only one "inspector" (and I use the term loosely) that gives me grief. I still have to deal with him this year. He's rude, condescending, insulting, etc. and even his co-workers cannot seem to stand him. The others were, for the most part, easy to get along with and one was even helpful.... to a point.... for a price..... (a $50.00 "CONSULTATION" fee???)
They seem to not enjoy doing their job when it comes to homeowners doing their own work, (and not doing a 'cookie cutter' job.) I have not mentioned to him my being a moderator here, since his early comment to me was "never believe anything you read on the internet." and I don't think it'd matter to him one bit. He has found NOTHING wrong with any of MY work here, but tried to hit me on something done by someone else, years ago, and approved at that time by other inspectors! KCtermite calls it the 10 LB. badge syndrome.....
So you guys remember to NOT follow any advise we give you here, since it's all going to be wrong!!!
He's a real pisstol, I tell you what.

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KCtermite calls it the 10 LB. badge syndrome.....
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Never heard it put this way but I must pass this on. I am in stitches. It is perfect. I had to tent my house twice in just a few months in California because of idiot inspectors. The head of the termite company was a good freind. He just winked and said, "We'll get em this time. I promise!"

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