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doing some hacked job...duct tape or regular tape?

Old 03-27-15, 06:32 PM
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doing some hacked job...duct tape or regular tape?

so I guess you guys will think I am going cheap or lazy but all I want is to cover a section of basement framing that will be obstructed anyhow.
It's about 10feet long and 7 feet high.... I have about 8 random pieces of drywall that I will just cut to size making a little jigsaw....then screw it all to the studs that are there.

My question; Since I do NOT want to spackle and paint, but rather all I want to do is to tape the gaps and put up few big posters before I install some shelving to hide that mess.... what would you recommend to close all the gaps ?
Should I use regular sheetrock tape with JC or just go over the gaps with duct tape? Won't the duct tape gradually lose its stickiness ?
Just don't want the insulation and dust to get from behind the drywall.
Any other ideas to seal off the drywall panels ?

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If you are going to do it, why not do it correctly? Sometime in the future you WILL want it done correctly, I can almost assure you of that.

Piecing small pieces of scrap drywall is labor intensive and quite frustrating. Taping the seams with cloth-backed "duct" tape is a waste of time and tape as it WILL dry up and fall off. Doing it with regular drywall tape will leave a mess because of the number of seams.

I despise doing drywall and I would never consider what you are suggesting.
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Since it sounds like you don't care what the wall looks like (that is a gross understatement)

I would tape and mud it. Use the self adhesive mesh tape, mud over that.

It would be good practice in case you ever want to do some real patches in the home. As far as the size of the sections, make it easy on yourself and buy a few sheets of drywall. The less seams, the better.
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Years ago [when I was short on cash] I drywalled a room with scraps It can be made to look nice it just takes a lot of extra work

As the others have said do not use duct tape [or any other tape not meant for drywall finishing]!! If you use the adhesive mesh tape [sticky tape] you need to apply a coat of setting compound [like durabond] over it to lock it down. I'd use paper tape since it has a better track record.
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Hi Paul,
In addition to keeping the insulation and dust from coming out, you need to be sure all seams, plus top and bottom edges are air sealed. Any basement air that can leak into that wall assembly may find a sold surface upon which to deposit some moisture and feed things you don't want growing inside your walls. Note photo #2 in the link below.

BSD-103: Understanding Basements — Building Science Information


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