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    anyone got any opinions on which is best, fibatape or papertape? i prefer the old method of paper tape .angles first,then cross ceiling joints/walls,long ceiling joints(dont overlap tape)everything done with bazooka.we used to get thru a lot of work like this but nowadays its not feasable cause u needed to be working in a couple of units at the same time,allowing proper drying time between coats.

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    Fiba for me,two coats in one day.used to paper the lot but thats to messy looks like a flock of seagulls shat all over the floor.i take it you still papertape the lott??

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    Fibatape for me no question.

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    Paper for corners, fibre for flats.

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    I can do either but my preference is to use fibatape and get two boxes done on day one so I have plenty time for these to dry while I get on with other stuff. Always paper on internals as well. Last time I taping gunned a complete site was in 2006, it was murder

    What about performance, durability and finish? Do you think any of these tapes is tougher than the other or causes cracking in the sheets? Just adds another dimension to the discussion, thats all.
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    paper tape is stronger, i use fiba now but if sheeting not done properly above doors then i will paper tape them this also depends on who im doin the work for.i feel that nowadays the attitude of some joiners(and i use that term loosely)stinks,im a taper not a magician

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    Fiba tape on flats, paper tape on internals. When I was starting out taping I was taught the old fashioned way like Butterfly said- paper tape cross tapes, tapered edge then internals. Was working with another taper who commented once I had all my flat tapes done " thats you basically just got your fiba tapes on!" And he was right ! It seemed a helluva work with the gun, then still had 3 boxes to do! it took me 3 hours yet fiba-ing up would only be half an hour so I binned the paper tape method there and then. Blisters were a pain to fix too but then again I was just learning the autotaper

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    As most of above Fiba tape flats paper tape corners, Steve

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    I like paper but what can you do when management dont understand the process and boarders or fixers dont do a tidy job but to management they cant do wrong . Speed is everything quality dont matter so much these days. I know of firms flooding jobs with cheap labour then paying a chap to go round snagging for days. Quality still counts in my book.

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    I paper tape all joints with machine. But am planning trying fiba and joint filler. What you use for tops of doors and butt ceiling joints appreciate the feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by taper1985 View Post
    I paper tape all joints with machine. But am planning trying fiba and joint filler. What you use for tops of doors and butt ceiling joints appreciate the feedback
    I scrim and use joint filler all the time on all butt joints and above doors,and windows etc. I even box my butt joints and they come out fine. Depends on the boarding of course but after sanding it won't hurt to keep an eye on the butts and touch up if needed. Very rarely need to do this though tbh.

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    Sounds good Kenya sheeting is pretty good just the odd stepped butt. Need a quicker way to bash out houses cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by taper1985 View Post
    Sounds good Kenya sheeting is pretty good just the odd stepped butt. Need a quicker way to bash out houses cheers
    Will take some trial and error with the make of scrim though. I scrimmed a few bedrooms the other day,went down mixed some filler up,went back and some of the scrim was hanging off due to lack of stickiness! Was speedtape brand iirc.

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    True true and up in north Scotland the cold wont help it stick do you 10 box the same day or let it sit till next day

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    Depends on size of house really but I do prefer to leave filler overnight.

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    Cool. Thanks Kenya. Will try that on next house gotta b quicker than paper tape thru machine

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    I generally hit the door heads and butt joints with an additional fast set if they're a bit dodgy looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.K Taper View Post
    I generally hit the door heads and butt joints with an additional fast set if they're a bit dodgy looking
    You do pishsimmon plots mate, whet do you mean ' IF they look dodgy ?'

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    Ha ha the joiners think they doing us a favour in not having a bevel to fill. No a half inch stepped butt is much better lol cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC View Post
    You do pishsimmon plots mate, whet do you mean ' IF they look dodgy ?'
    You're right, I do ALL butt joints and door heads in EVERY house with two fast set

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