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09-10-05, 01:35 PM   #1  
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Preparing wall for tile

Need to sort out conflicting opinions. I'm planning on tiling a kitchen backsplash (4" tumbled stone tile). The walls are drywall which is smooth and has been primed. My current problem is that I had to cut out a section of drywall behind the stove where I used to have tile. I've patched it with another piece of drywall and screwed it to studs. It isn't a perfect square, however, so I have some varying widths of cracks and gouges to fill. First question . . . I don't have any drywall tape so I was wondering if I can skip that or substitute something else and then use joint compount. After I got everything smoothed out, I planned to prime that section also. If I get it smooth, is my tile going to fall off the wall if I don't use tape? Sure would like to save another trip to Home Depot.

Thanks for your help.

 
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09-10-05, 04:03 PM   #2  
I would ask someone over here.

It is more a tile question. I doubt the tile will fall off but it may crack. Especially the grout if the joint lands on a untaped seam.

 
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09-10-05, 04:34 PM   #3  
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I thought someone in this forum might know if there was a substitute for drywall tape if you only needed a small amount ????

 
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09-10-05, 06:02 PM   #4  
There is no substitute for tape,only different kinds . Best advice is to post in the other forum.

 
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