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There are alot of reasons for one or the other.

Just to warn you, you will not get many helpful answers, and you will get a great deal of smart-ass responses. The reason for this is because this has beeen debated numerous times on this board, with still no definite outcome. You can do a search, and wade through all the crap to see how those threads turn out.

I would say, with a little research, you should be able to make an informed decision. The good news is, there are qualified drywall installers on both sides of the issue, so you can't go too far wrong.


Good luck.
 

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Sheesh, I don't even want my name in this thread. :whistling :jester:

I've used both in the past, but I had a roll of mesh the other day so decided to use it with hot mud because I had it. It was on some small patch work. It just made a mess, came loose, slid around and generally sucked.

Then I used it on some foot long seams and it was ok, but didn't do anything different then paper. So there's my answer. I Dunno. :laughing:

To the OP, if you are thinking the paper will fall apart because of moisture, it won't. If moisture gets to the paper after taping, mudding, texturing, priming and painting you have much bigger problems. Of course, now we will start a thread discussing how I didn't do those in the right order. :whistling ;)
 

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Thanks for the replies.

USG themselves imply paper tapes is stronger, but since they make both they don't say don't use fibreglass, but they do say if using fiberglass you must use setting compound.

I just went down and used paper tape on a few seams to see how I'd get on - I was worried about bubbling of the tape I've read about.

Seems to be OK, but I am not sure I have enough mud overtop the tape on first coat. When I apply the mud and smooth it out all the top mud comes off.

Am I OK with relatively no top mud on this first coat?

When will the blistering/bubbling occur if it is going to happen?
 

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I like fiber for repairs because it tolls down Super thin and reduces overall necessity to build the surrounding area. For new installs always paper..
Still like my mesh for repairs, may try some fiber on the next repair though.
 

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Sheesh, I don't even want my name in this thread. :whistling :jester:

I've used both in the past, but I had a roll of mesh the other day so decided to use it with hot mud because I had it. It was on some small patch work. It just made a mess, came loose, slid around and generally sucked.

Then I used it on some foot long seams and it was ok, but didn't do anything different then paper. So there's my answer. I Dunno. :laughing:

To the OP, if you are thinking the paper will fall apart because of moisture, it won't. If moisture gets to the paper after taping, mudding, texturing, priming and painting you have much bigger problems. Of course, now we will start a thread discussing how I didn't do those in the right order. :whistling ;)
You cannot treat paper like mesh or mesh like fiber or fiber like tape. They all have different properties and will not respond well to the same treatment. With that said, I still don't like using paper with hot mud.
 

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