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Been telling one of my suppliers for years that they need to get 2'' mesh tape. They have 2-1/2'' I don't get it. Who uses 2-1/2'' ??

A long time ago I used it once. Trying to get it dead center of the flats seam was a *****.
 

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Trying to keep it between the recess is a real game changer,I did a job years ago where they used the raised panel drywall and did'nt know the specs called for 1 7/8 " wide mesh tape ended up trimming each seam.Glad it was only 32' high wainscott and not to big of a basement.
 

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Never heard of the raised panel drywall until now. Pittcon industries makes Designer Drywall, but it looks like they aren't making it right now. Does anybody make it anymore?
 

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Thanks Creter. My main point was everyone but that supplier sells 2''.

Paper tape.......I don't care for the mesh.....
I never use paper with quickset.

Just taped a job yesterday. Close to a couple hundred feet of tape,nine sticks of bead, twelve sheets. Done, sanding this morning.

Paper would have killed me. :wheelchair:

You guys that don't like mesh.............Grow up.
 

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I'm good with people that like paper. No problem.

I have never got myself involved in the paper mesh debate until now.

We are talking to totally different ways of doing things. They are both right ways in my opinion. To bash one or the other is just silly to me
 

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Thanks Creter. My main point was everyone but that supplier sells 2''.



I never use paper with quickset.

Just taped a job yesterday. Close to a couple hundred feet of tape,nine sticks of bead, twelve sheets. Done, sanding this morning.

Paper would have killed me. :wheelchair:

You guys that don't like mesh.............Grow up.
How did you do your angles? Were there any? Mesh dont work in angles,, gotta pic
 

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Mesh dont work in angles
There are whole houses around here taped with nothing but mesh and Durabond 90. It's finished in one pass - no 2 or 3 coats. Pretty much all trowel work. I just did a ceiling repair, and I should have stuck with hot mud / mesh (which was how it was done originally) - the cooler, humid weather we're having right now is giving 2 day drying times.
 

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Sure would like to see how you keep your angles square. Since mesh has no strength especially horizontally you are relying on the hot mud not to crack why not just eliminate the tape altogether.
 

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Sure would like to see how you keep your angles square. Since mesh has no strength especially horizontally you are relying on the hot mud not to crack why not just eliminate the tape altogether.
Paper tape is equally rigid in all directions, mesh moves most on a diagonal, and will stretch some. Cracking can happen with either

I use Durbond 90 with acrylic admix and no tape for some things (where building up the surface has to be absolutely minimal or a thin layer has to flex and not crack). Old timer working with me said it wouldn't work, until I took my framing hammer and started wailing on it.
 

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There are whole houses around here taped with nothing but mesh and Durabond 90. It's finished in one pass - no 2 or 3 coats. Pretty much all trowel work. I just did a ceiling repair, and I should have stuck with hot mud / mesh (which was how it was done originally) - the cooler, humid weather we're having right now is giving 2 day drying times.
That seems impossible to me.. Are all the ceilings and walls textured?
 

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That seems impossible to me.. Are all the ceilings and walls textured?
No texture on anything, flat ceilings and eggshell walls - just short of a class 5, because the walls aren't skimmed. Personally, I'm not that good at it. There used to be a lot of plasterers around here, and when things switched to drywall, people used and taught the techniques they were familiar with,
 
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