Is tape still used in drywall preparation?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 05, 2018

    Hi Don I prefer fiberglass tape personally to the old paper tape. But, yes, some type of tape needs to be applied over the seems between sheets of drywall before mud is applied.

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 05, 2018

    taping is used to connect 2 pieces of drywall. it covers the seam and you get a smother wall. most drywall i've done the edge is tapered to accept the tape and then the mudding is done.

  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Oct 05, 2018

    Yes, 1st lightly plaster the seam. Then apply tape and more plaster. Let dry completely. Then sand to smooth.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Oct 05, 2018

    Yes, you need tape, but there are different kinds. Try a big box store and see which is best for you.

  • Kc Kc on Oct 05, 2018

    I like the mesh tape because it has a sticky back and stays in place while I struggle to smooth my first layer of mud. (smoother mud means less sanding)

  • Em Em on Oct 05, 2018

    I agree with KC. The mesh is easy to place and allows the joint compound to get a better "grip" on the drywall. It makes a better bond than trying to just fill joints with compound alone.

  • William William on Oct 05, 2018

    Yep. I use the mesh tape. Sticky on one side so no need to apply compound to embed it. Just stick over the seam then mud.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 05, 2018

    You need it for any seam however it's come a long way. There is a fiberglass tape that is so much better than the original paper or the newer mesh.