Tuesday, July 30, 2019

A Meshy Situation

Yesterday, it was time to get downstairs and get the first layer of mud on the seams and screw holes.  We both watched a buttload of YouTube videos on the subject, and one thing I can tell you with authority is everyone has a different method.  People will tell you that X is the right way and anyone who does it Y way is wrong and vice versa.  Mesh drywall tape is crap and paper is king.  Mesh is fine, it's based on the job.  Use a 6" drywall knife, then 10" and finish with 12".  Don't do that, skip the 6" to avoid waves and get straight to the 10".  Use a ton of mud to apply the corner piece for adhesion to avoid bubbles.  Use very little mud to apply the corner piece, or you'll get bubbles.  Stagger your butt joints for better results, which we can't do because of stud placement and doorway restrictions. Basically, wing it and hope for the best because everyone has an opinion and you know what they say about those.

We had this corner piece we had to contend with, so the Mr worked on that by putting up a corner doohicky, which I believe is the technical term in the biz.

I worked on taping the seams, so I got those meshed up.  Some will tell you to put the mud down first others, mesh first then mud.

The mesh is self-adhesive, and that seemed like a waste of mud to do it first, so I put it on afterward.  We both did the first pass on the screw holes too and now to wait for 18 hours.

In the meantime, we got down to business with our workout with our bitchin' new temporary entertainment center.

We did Turbo Fire HIIT 25 and LIIFT 4 Chest and Tri's.  I couldn't take another step sesh with Shaun T given how broken my legs were.  Today, we'll do pass #2 on the wall at some point.

What tutorials have you looked up that gave you conflicting information?

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  1. There really are so many contradicting videos out there you just have to figure out what works best for you. This is our first time out so there are bound to be things we learn as we go but if the end result looks the way we want it to then we'll be that much better off.

  2. I haven't looked much up in that regard but I'm considering looking up proper swimming techniques since I have none. Like, at all. I can get from one end to the other with no issues, but I know my form is completely off. So that's one thing I'm thinking about doing.

  3. How to remove a sliding glass door. There were a lot of different information out there. What I discovered is that it depends on the door manufacturer, but looking at all of the different videos gave me better information on how to remove my door. I still had to guess, but they were informed guesses.

    As for mudding drywall, I have seen a lot of commercial drywallers at work. They lay the sticky mesh tape first and then mud. And I never saw any of them use anything more than a 6" putty knife to get the job done. The most important parts for them were to make sure that the mud was dry before sanding and not be afraid to use 3 coats of mud if necessary. And they never used mud when adhering the metal corner pieces, just a lot of drywall screws.


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