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Old 08-26-2006, 08:42 PM   #1
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Hi! I have a drywall question...

In a little less than a week, I will be ready for drywall in the house I am having built. My GC is going to have minor surgery on Monday, so I really don't want to bother him with questions today. I am going to have the corners of the walls throughout the house bullnosed. The company that is going to do it uses 3/4 inch metal bullnose with paper on it for better taping. I have only seen the greenish-plastic (?) looking bullnose before. Is the metal good stuff, or should I go out and buy the plastic stuff for my installers? (Where would I go about finding the plastic bullnose?) I called the drywall company today and they perfer the metal bullnose for walls and the plastic for arches only.

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Old 08-26-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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I would let the drywallers use their product. It sounds to me like they are using tape on bead. It is faster and better. Most professionals don't like people trying to push something different from what they are used to.

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Thanks, Big Dave!

You always bring that much needed touch of reality! Being a newbie is tough. I worry about everything.

I'm taking your advice! I'm keeping my mouth shut and letting the drywallers do their thing.

I guess I need to have a little more trust!

Again, thanks, Big Dave!!!

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I was reading chats over at Contractors' Talk. I ran across one that mentioned "the home owner interference factor." OUCH!

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You have to consider, we do this for a living. We do professional work, and we all want great results. There is a reason the drywallers use tape on bead, instead of the plastic. The results are cleaner and look better. I don't mind using HO specified materials, unless it is something that is goig to add to the work or affect the results.

Several years ago, we went in to drywall a room addition the HO had built..and he had the drywall, mud, tape, and screws/nails already there. The only thing my guys used was the drywall....the HO had bought fiberglass tape, the wrong screws, roofing nails, and fast setting mud.
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Several years ago, we went in to drywall a room addition the HO had built..and he had the drywall, mud, tape, and screws/nails already there. The only thing my guys used was the drywall....the HO had bought fiberglass tape, the wrong screws, roofing nails, and fast setting mud.
HA, ha....now that's a funny story...

Yes, once again ... Big Dave is right.

We have a Drywall division within our company, and it ALWAYS ruffles our nerves when customers, with little or no experience, tell us what materials they want us to use (even tho we started 22 years ago). It's not a pride thing at all, it's that we know what works, and what doesn't work, also what things are not worth the extra time and money to spend on and try to use, etc.

We just dumped a roofing job because the HO, who's only experience with roofing products is what he has researched on the internet, gave us a list of what he wants us to use and HOW HE WANTS US TO INSTALL IT.
Nice enough guy, but, we know how to install a quality roof with various manufacture's products....
Red flags = we would rather not do the job.

- with the price of copper going through the roof, that's my 82 cents -
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These are all very good points. The best thing to remember NotSure is that you hired a contractor to take care of construction of your house.

From the research and questions that you ask here I'm sure you researched your contractor and then hired the best one based on the information given you. Let him do his job. Only question his actions if the end result is not what you want. Alot of people take differents roads to get to the same destination.

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[quote=joasis]You have to consider, we do this for a living. We do professional work, and we all want great results. There is a reason the drywallers use tape on bead, instead of the plastic. The results are cleaner and look better. I don't mind using HO specified materials, unless it is something that is goig to add to the work or affect the results.

Several years ago, we went in to drywall a room addition the HO had built..and he had the drywall, mud, tape, and screws/nails already there. The only thing my guys used was the drywall....the HO had bought fiberglass tape, the wrong screws, roofing nails, and fast setting mud.[/quo

Point well taken. I'm trying not to be "one of those." But, I'm aftaid sometimes I am. That's one of the reasons I like this chat room. You professionals and experienced DIYers can straighten me out before I pester "my guys" too much. I really do appreciate ALL feedback!

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