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Old 08-14-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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Putting up drywall is such a pain!


I started to put up drywall in a bedroom I'm remodeling and wow... what a pain!!! First I hung it (heavy and time consuming) now I'm taping (tedious), next step spotting screws and feathering out the taped joints. I spent the entire weekend taping. I used Fibafuse (love this stuff) for tapered/butt joints and straight-flex original for the inside and outside corners, all with Durabond 90 to bed the tape. That stuff is tough to work with, you need to be quick (which I'm not), since it's constantly getting thicker. Only thing left to tape is the top of the knee wall where it meets the sloped ceiling then I'm done with Durabond and moving to all purpose then light weight. Of course it doesn't help that I'm a one man show. Thank god I bought a drywall lift but even with that it was tough. Good experience though, I get better everyday. First time doing drywall other than a few patches. Probably shouldn't have started with a cape bedroom since it has sooooo many type of angles, lol!

I have to give credit to all the professional drywallers out there - you don't get NEARLY the credit you deserve!

Ok, rant over, lol. Here's a pic of some of the tape. Notice all the angles!
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:50 PM   #2
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It looks like you are doing fine.

Keep in mind that the big drywall outfits spread the work out so you are trying to learn more than one job.
We see different people for.
Hanging , beading , taping, finishing, and sanding.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:09 PM   #3
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Locally we usually have one crew that hangs and nails up the corner bead and another that does the taping and finishing.

Except when using mesh tape you don't have to use Durabond. Many of us use it to speed things up. Usually I'll use Durabond for everything but the final coat - regular joint compound is easier to sand.
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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I opted to use Durabond for the additional strength. I know I may have to do some more work to hide mistakes but that's fine with me. I have so many hours into this, what's a few more, ha ha. I call the time I put into these projects "paying for my education." I'm 35 now - I figure by the time I retire I should be a decent all-around handyman
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Locally we usually have one crew that hangs and nails up the corner bead and another that does the taping and finishing.

Except when using mesh tape you don't have to use Durabond. Many of us use it to speed things up. Usually I'll use Durabond for everything but the final coat - regular joint compound is easier to sand.
My drywall finisher uses durabond (90 minute ez sand actually) for metal corners.
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My drywall finisher uses durabond (90 minute ez sand actually) for metal corners.
Do they nail or crimp the corner bead in place?
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Do they nail or crimp the corner bead in place?


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It's my understanding that it says right on the package that mesh should only be used with setting compounds, like durabond.
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It's my understanding that it says right on the package that mesh should only be used with setting compounds, like durabond.
Never read the package but know from experience that there is a high likelihood of issues if sticky tape is used with regular ready mix joint compound. Setting compounds eliminate or at least reduce that risk.
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It's my understanding that it says right on the package that mesh should only be used with setting compounds, like durabond.
I used FibaFuse, not mesh tape. FibaFuse is a fiberglass tape that isn't self-adhesive. It's great though because it still lets the mud pass through, unlike paper tape. It can be used with all purpose compound but I prefer the extra strength of durabond for the first coat.

Here's a link to the stuff. If you haven't tried it, and you drywall occasionally, I highly recommend. It's strong, thin and easy to apply (especially for those of us who don't tape regularly).

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Saint-Gobai...t-Tape/4411371
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I opted to use Durabond for the additional strength. I know I may have to do some more work to hide mistakes but that's fine with me. I have so many hours into this, what's a few more, ha ha. I call the time I put into these projects "paying for my education." I'm 35 now - I figure by the time I retire I should be a decent all-around handyman
Well Marky.... I'm almost twice your age... and pretty sure I'm still a slower taper than you.......

It's an art....

(Actually I only do it on very small jobs/work... the specialists are so much faster and really not expensive.... I sub it every time I can justify the cost.)

You may be slow.... but it looks like it is coming on fine, and you obviously have learned your product and going for quality...

Good going
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