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Old 05-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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is it viable to avoid mesh tape altogether?


i have heard from multiple people they only use paper tape and never mesh even for center-wall joints. i would like to hear some more opinions on whether it is prudent to simplify with just paper tape or should mesh indeed be used in the middle of the wall.

i understand this is more of a matter of preference than a rule but just checking

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No need to use mesh tape if you don't want to.

Paper tape makes a stronger joint anyway because it cannot move on the bias.

I do drywall finishing and repairs and have never used mesh tape.

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its a personal. everyone is different. i just started a job a week ago, my previous employer only wanted me to use mesh and now my new employer swears by paper tape. done correctly they both work fine.
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No need to use mesh tape if you don't want to.

Paper tape makes a stronger joint anyway because it cannot move on the bias.

I do drywall finishing and repairs and have never used mesh tape.
I used mesh tape only for what is meant. Fixing cracks.

For drywall seams I always used paper tape for the reasons mentioned.
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I too only use mesh for small repairs. New work is paper only.
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If you will have any kind of structural movement at all later, causing a crack, use paper tape- it doesn't stretch: http://www.usg.com/rc/technical-arti...ems-en-PM5.pdf

Tips: http://www.usg.com/rc/data-submittal...ata-MH1178.pdf

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To each his own. I have used mesh for many years now on additions, basement remodels, garages, etc. I haven't had any problems with cracking. I use the ultra thin mesh now. It is easier to work with than the older, thicker mesh. We can debate over which is stronger. I say there are so many variables on how different people tape that it's a moot point. So use whatever you want, whichever you feel most comfortable with.
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I use paper tape most of the time, only using mesh for cracks and small repairs-when i'd use 20 minute setting compound for the repair.

Both will work fine, just remember that the mesh is meant to be imbedded with a "setting compound" as in the powdered stuff, not all purpose you buy in the bucket ready to go. My understanding is that you risk cracks imbedding mesh tape with all purpose.
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That's exactly right Chris. I use the easy sand products for the first two coats, then dust control premix for the final coat.
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