Paper or Fiberglass mesh???

Reply

  #1  
Old 02-20-04, 03:03 PM
prowallguy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 2,597
Paper or Fiberglass mesh???

A question for the drywallers.

What do you prefer to tape with?
Paper or fiberglass.

I use the fiberglass for small repairs, mainly because its easy to use and I don't have to bed it in mud.

But paper is much thinner and easier to float out.

I also met a chemist at a NGPP convention that told me they tested both and paper actually had a higher tensile strength (breaking point) than fiberglass.

So whats your opinion.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-21-04, 06:21 AM
awesomedell's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 2,425
Paper 99% of the time, do use mesh for patching small holes. I'd agree that the paper is easier to float out.

Interesting what the chemist told you, I always thought the mesh to be stronger.
 
  #3  
Old 02-21-04, 06:33 AM
prowallguy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 2,597
Yeah, that surprised me too. Why do you dip your paper in water? What does that do for you?
 
  #4  
Old 02-21-04, 03:56 PM
awesomedell's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 2,425
It makes it stick to the mud better and you get less bubbles in the tape. Lot of guys have called me crazy over the yrs, but that's how I learned to do it as a young man & it's still the way I do it unless I'm just doing a small job & don't want to break out the mud pump & banjo. Same thing with a tiny bit of Joy dishsoap in the mud, makes it creamier & runs thru the banjo & boxes smoother.

I'd still like to get my hands on the info from that testing the chemist was talking about. Think I'll post that over on W&C & se what others in the trade think of it.

BTW- I've been meaning to ask you ? Got your own shingle out or workin for the man?
 

Last edited by awesomedell; 02-21-04 at 04:39 PM.
  #5  
Old 02-21-04, 04:54 PM
prowallguy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 2,597
I'd still like to get my hands on the info from that testing the chemist was talking about. Think I'll post that over on W&C & se what others in the trade think of it.
This was told to me by a guy named Merle who works for Romans adhesives. His specialty was testing products and such for different manufacturers. I can't remember for the life of me why a bunch of paperhangers and a glue man were talking about joint tape, but that was the gist of what he said. He was as surprised as the rest of us at the results.

BTW- I've been meaning to ask you ? Got your own shingle out or workin for the man?
If you mean do I work for someone, other than the IRS, then no, I'm the co. owner. Check my profile, it has a link to the company website.
 
  #6  
Old 02-22-04, 07:12 AM
coops28's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 1,752
I always use paper tape except for patches. Patch work goes a lot faster with the mesh. I also use mesh for crack repair. I am going to experiment with paper on plaster cracks. The mesh always cracks back out and you can see the mesh. I'm thinking paper would hold better.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes