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07-24-11, 09:08 AM   #1  
stress crack tape

I have several drywall stress cracks that open & close according to the weather. I never realized that there were so many types of dry wall tape on the market. I know that the old type paper tape is going to tear the 1st time that the crack expands. Does the tape that actually stretches called "stress crack tape") actually work ? I know that you can't endorse a certain product, but what have you had good luck with ?
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07-24-11, 01:03 PM   #2  
I wouldn't bet against the old paper tape.
I'm not familiar with any tape labeled 'stress crack tape' Generally the self adhesive mesh tapes have a poor track record although their success rate goes up if you use a setting compound like durabond. Setting compounds dry harder than the ready mix joint compound.


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07-25-11, 06:38 AM   #3  
Paper tape would be my choice - it's actually stronger than the mesh stuff. That said, I have no idea what 'stress crack tape' is.

 
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07-25-11, 06:50 AM   #4  
I never heard of it either....but here ya go...Home Depot - 2 in. x 50 ft. Self-Adhesive Stress Crack Tape customer reviews - product reviews - read top consumer ratings


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07-25-11, 09:05 AM   #5  
I suspect that is the same 'sticky' or mesh type tape that has a bad track record ...... although it is probably a shorter roll, marketed to homeowners.


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07-25-11, 09:13 AM   #6  
Actually supposedly it doesn't even need to be gone over with anything (supposedly!)...it has rough edges that are supposed to blend in after painting. Product Images

I know that can work with wallpaper....maybe with orange peel walls even...but I can't see it on a smooth finish?


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07-25-11, 09:20 AM   #7  
Appearently it's not the greatest thing on the market or everyone would have heard about it. I would say that the big selling point is "the stretch" instead of tearing. Here is the installation proceedures on u-tube. ‪Learn to repair ceiling and wall cracks with Stress Crack Tape‬‏ - YouTube

 
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07-25-11, 09:24 AM   #8  
Vic you're right - it is different than the sticky tape, I should have looked closer
According to step #4, you are supposed to skim a coat of mud over it. If it's ultra thin, it wouldn't be too hard to get by with just 1 coat of j/c.


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07-25-11, 09:45 AM   #9  
It stretches instead of tearing? If so, I can see that you wouldn't want to put anything over the top of it, maybe including paint

 
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08-08-11, 01:08 PM   #10  
haha...got stretchy paint?

 
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08-08-11, 02:53 PM   #11  
Latex paint will 'stretch' just a little...... but if the joint repairs moves, wouldn't you wind up with a bubble on the wall when it contracts?


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08-20-11, 07:43 PM   #12  
stress crack tape

Ok...I have fixed all those cracks with that advertised
"stress crack tape" . It came out ok, but time will tell. I too am wondering what is going to happen when these cracks decide to open & close.
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