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brises 08-07-2012 01:16 PM

taping question
Hey everybody..I have some questions I hope you people can help me answer..I hired a taper to tape my ceiling..he put the first coat on but none of the cornerbead is covered with compound except the nail holes. Is that the proper protocol?..he told me he is going to put paper tape over the cornerbead and mud the tape..I thought that's not the way its done..Also none of the corners where the ceiling meet the wall are taped..he said that he will come back and tape those tomorrow..I feel like I'm not getting what I am paying for..can someone please let me know if this is the right way to do this?....there is tape and compound over the finished seams that run lengthwise across the kitchen but nothing on the corners??? I right to be a little skeptical here?...I'm going to try to post pics so you can visualize what I'm saying

orange 08-07-2012 02:18 PM

Sounds to me like a work in progress. If he hasn't finished the job, he may have some idiosyncrasies about the order of events and/ or he may be working on other projects at the same time.
I'm not a drywaller, but I've seen stuff done in some strange ways -- leave corners to the end...

Here are some videos (highly rated) that show how someone does some of these corner beads, butt joints, factory joints etc.

If you watch these you may get some ideas and ammunition when discussing your project with the "taper/drywaller".

brises 08-07-2012 02:23 PM

Yes I thought it was a little strange to do it that way but I'm just hoping it comes out clean..I was wondering if I should've fired him and hired someone else cause thats not the proper protocol...he just put some mud on the drywall nails of the cornerbead but none on the it seemed strange..thanks for the links.I will check them out

chrisn 08-07-2012 05:00 PM

Let the poor guy finish before jumping to conclusions and firing him

tatanka 08-07-2012 05:13 PM

give him a shot.. 40 years in const. seen many things stranger

princelake 08-07-2012 08:40 PM

yup sounds strange. if im doing a just one room i prefill, tape butts, flats, then corners and the left over mud in my pan goes on the screw heads. then the same on second coat but i only mud one side of the corners then 3rd day the same and other side of the corners.

brises 08-07-2012 10:22 PM

Ok I'm going to give him a shot and see how the second coat comes out before I pay the guy..he wants me to pay him as soon as he walks in the door but I'm going to hold off until I see some that a good idea

brises 08-07-2012 10:37 PM


Originally Posted by chrisn
Let the poor guy finish before jumping to conclusions and firing him

I understand what toy are saying and I agree with you but I don't want to be out 800 bucks with a crap tape job so that's another concern of mine

orange 08-08-2012 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by brises (Post 983910)
I understand what toy are saying and I agree with you but I don't want to be out 800 bucks with a crap tape job so that's another concern of mine

What sort of agreement with him do you have?
Does he know exactly what is expected?
Surely you wouldn't pay full agreed price upfront. Always structure payment to have some holdback - to be paid following a "final inspection". That way you won't be out $800.

I'd be more cautious of the "pay upfront" than the "funny" way he's approaching the taping, filling.....

Did you look at any of the videos I recommended? They should give you some ideas/thoughts re speaking with the taper.

brises 08-08-2012 10:04 AM

The agreement we had was that I would give him 150 up front and then 200 a day so long as the tapinglooks clean..clean edges..clean seams. etc...just an overall good Job...he had said to me that if I didn't Like the way the job came out I wouldn't have to pay him..I don't like paying someone right as they walk in the door before they start me some good progress and I don't mind paying but if he has money in hand already then he could just leave doing minimal work and I don't want that..I don't think thats being unreasonable..I am going to watch the video now so I have more knowledge and thanks again for the link

brises 08-08-2012 10:14 AM

Some other information the taper told me which made me kinda scratch my head...he told me that he didn't tape the corners cause he was going to come back on day 2 and give it 2 coats of mud..he also told me for the cornerbead that he just covers the nail holes to make it all smooth and then put paper tape over the cornerbead..he keeps promising me that it will come out beautiful..I guess I will find out when the second coat goes on and is sanded down and then I will post some pics and you guys can let me know what u think

scottktmrider 08-08-2012 06:22 PM

I have never used paper tape on corner bead,allways use mesh because its eaiser to work with.But as long as its taped i guess it does not matter.Every taper has thier own system when it comes to the order of taping as long as it gets down and its right.

Costa Rica Sun 08-08-2012 08:35 PM

taping corner
The corner bead can be held in place with the tape but you only have one shot to get it flat and below the taper. Watch for this.

oldrivers 08-08-2012 08:47 PM

its not uncommon to put a really tight coat of hotmud on the beads because it is stronger than regular mud , but you dont need or want to fill the bead with it . maybe thats what he did. sounds a little unorthadox the way he is taping but that dont really matter on the final product .

brises 08-08-2012 11:06 PM

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