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KUIPORNG 12-18-2006 01:41 PM

Drywall Tapeshooter. Good ?
I found out there is this tool which is not out of reach expensive where you can use for put on tape and mud at the same time for drywall taping.

I already eliminate chances of using those tape boxes which is way too expensive.

Can anyone share his/her experience on this tool. Are they useful or just a waste of money...

AtlanticWBConst. 12-18-2006 07:21 PM

Great tool. We have several of them. They are all we use for 1st coat taping. Much less expensive than a full 'Bazooka' set up ($5K).
We just call them 'banjos'.

I recommend them highly...

KUIPORNG 12-19-2006 07:58 AM

Thanks a lot AtlanticWBConst. I will then purchase one for my tapping task which I think will start very soon.

yummy mummy 12-19-2006 08:20 AM

I am curious, what does this "thing" do?

Does it just put the tape on the wall, like one of those hand things that put tape on boxes when moving?

KUIPORNG 12-19-2006 08:27 AM

I am not sure what you mean. But this thing allow you to put tape on a dry surface. Normally tape need to put on surface with mud on it already. This thing on the other hand, let you put tape and mud on the surface at the same time...

yummy mummy 12-19-2006 01:01 PM

I see now.

It sounds as if it would be good.

747 12-19-2006 07:27 PM

There great in the correct hands. But in a diyers hands i think you will make a big mess.:laughing: Also you have to be able to know them to the point of troubleshooting if something goes wrong with tape or mud fee. See AtlanticWBConst. he didn't tell you about that. Thats where it gets real messy and i guarantee you he has been there before with one.

AtlanticWBConst. 12-19-2006 08:42 PM

Key way to limit the mess:

1.) Mix the compound you will use in the banjo with water to loosen it up. It should be of yogurt consistency.

2.) There are two types of banjos: 'Wet' and 'dry'.
Wet puts the compound on both sides of the tape - easy to wipe down and (Best IMHO).
Dry puts the compound on one side of the tape -more difficult to wipe down.)

3.) Keep the mess down by: Placing a 5 gallon bucket of clean water right next to the bucket of banjo mix compound. Set these at waist height (Less bending over).
Use the bucket of water to rinse your hands off periodically or when ever you are refilling the banjo, etc...
Result: MUCH CLEANER AND MUCH EASIER to use the tool = better results and less effort.
(If you want to take it one step further: you could keep several towels near by)

747 12-19-2006 10:46 PM

Seriously speaking they are fast in a experience user hands. Because they lay the tape and mud at the same time. So you can see the time saving. I think the key to using one is This. Great maintance and troubleshooting before you start to make sure paper and mud feed doesn't mess up on you.

KUIPORNG 12-20-2006 07:50 AM

So AtlanticWbConst, so looks like you think Wet Shooter is easier to use base on what you said. Right?

If I got the product, I will sure to use it first inside the basement closet making sure I got enough practice before using it on the obvious areas... I found out it is so true that experience does count... like hanging drywalls... after hanging approx. 20 4x8 drywalls... I feel much efficient than handling it in the beginning... On the other hand... seems so far everything is not too difficult to pick up after you experience it for not too long while... hope tapping would be the same... I know, it probably would not, as I heard it is the one which requires most skills... but I am not going to give up trying it, at least for the closet... even though my wife keep reminding me if I can't do it... hire someone...

this is the instruction document I found from the web... looks like it is for Dry shooter that AtlanticWbConst talking about:

and this must be that wet shooter

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