On the fence of which way to go.

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Old 12-31-10, 12:15 PM
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On the fence of which way to go.

Building a wall to divide an already finished room (sheetrock all the way around). Walls are smooth, ceiling is knockdown so I want to avoid messing with the ceiling. This is a basement with floor trusses above that are spaced 19 3/16" OC.

My thoughts are either flat tape it where the wall meets the ceiling or use tear away and a small bead of paintable caulk. What would be the better option?
 
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Old 12-31-10, 12:43 PM
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I'd either flat tape and caulk or use a crown molding to hide the joint.

what's tear away?
 
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Old 01-01-11, 06:51 AM
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Tear away is a plastic piece (I can't think of a better word ) found with corner bead and that kind of stuff in the stores. It is kind of T shaped and you lay it flat on your wall where you have a piece of Sheetrock that has an exposed edge. It is used a lot in commercial where the rock meets the suspended ceiling tiles. You fill it in with mud, sand and then you pull off one leg of the T so it now looks like an L with it wrapping around the exposed edge of rock. Gives you a nice finished edge where the rock meets an already finished surface. But in my case I'm wondering if it is worth the extra time/expense when I can just flat tape it.

Here is a good picture: Tear Away Bead
 
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IMO it wouldn't be worth the extra trouble/expense. Flat tape works well although sometimes it will crack - the caulking addresses that.
 
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Old 01-02-11, 11:53 AM
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That was kind of the way I was leaning anyway. Thanks!
 
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