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    Default Paper Tape without a Bazooka.........maybe


    Had a thought the other day, and before anyone says anything, yes it was lonely
    We're due to work in a bank shortly doing a ceiling, fireline board, firetape, then layin grid,

    My thought was get a BTE flat applicator, put it on the corner box, guy coming behind with paper tape and wipeing down.

    Or has it been done before!!

    I do similar with the external applicator when I'm using No Coat on beams, which works quite well.

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    I have a flat mud applicator for my Apla-Tech Canon and used it to do exactly what you were thinking on a MOD job at Devonport Dockyard a few years back, as I don't use a bazooka.

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    3' nail spotter works well for a little bit of fire taping. run the joint add the tape.

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    so does a 3" paint brush and a pissy mix

    corner rollers do a good job as well.....it gets a bit messy though

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    sorry might be a stupid quesstion but why would any taper not use a bazooka.. Is there a quicker way of doing it that i don't know about ??????

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    I dont think there is a quicker way, Grok, if the taper can use the gun properly. Many tapers can use it, but it takes them way too long to do the job cos they aint using it properly. Some get p*ssed off trying to use it and ditch it in favour of a painters corner roller!

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    I really want to use a bazooka but I have been too busy to take time to learn to use one. I borrowed 'the blones' Apla-taper last year and had a couple of goes with it but it was taking I was taking too long and as soon as there was a glitch, I put it down and continued with the Canon. It's easy for you guys who have mastered it to say you can't understand tapers not using them, but time is money.

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    It's also about having the right job to warrant getting it out of the van !
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    I wasn't knocking guys who cant use the bazooka. I dont even use one any more as I seem to be quicker with my painters corner roller but I was never the quickest using the bazooka anyway. What I'm trying to say is that if you can use the gun and are bang up to speed with it, then nothing can beat it . (Thats prob why they are 1000 I suppose)

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    I just wish I had more time to play about with one.

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    These days we don't do jobs that even warrant getting the boxes dirty, let alone get a bazooka. Just done a job in Croydon, 18 boards in total, plus other work and lay in grid
    We carry the BTE 18" mud tube and flushers for the internals, and do the rest by hand.
    Had a go with the Bazooka at the Lafarge course in Bristol a few years ago, to much maintainance, and to long to learn properly for someone who wouldn't be taping full time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belmoreboy View Post
    It's also about having the right job to warrant getting it out of the van !
    Bingo! I havent used any of my bazookas for about 6 months now. Dont get me wrong theyre excellent for house bashing, but the odd room here and small attic extension there doesnt justify the extra time it takes to clean the gun and pump out, maintain and oil them up again for next time. Anyway, the roller and corner finisher can still be used if the tapes are applied by hand.

    If I can apply the internal tapes in less than an hour it aint worth dirtying the gun.
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    sorry i was knocking those who don't use one . I use it even if i only have one room to do, takes 5 min to wash out , especially if you've only done one room. There are 3 things i think you need to master one , 1. nice lump free runny as hell gear , 2. a sharp and clean blade , 3. correct pin position for the feeder ..

    The job is hard enough as it is you need all the help you can get ie. mixing drill , full set of machines , generator , electric sander .. Again apologies i wasn't knocking anyone ..

    And if you can get a worn in one new ones are a bugger ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyM View Post
    I have a flat mud applicator for my Apla-Tech Canon and used it to do exactly what you were thinking on a MOD job at Devonport Dockyard a few years back, as I don't use a bazooka.
    Tony,what is a canon?,ive noticed you mentioned one before i always thought it was some type of bazzooka.is it some type of syringe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_legend View Post
    Tony,what is a canon?,ive noticed you mentioned one before i always thought it was some type of bazzooka.is it some type of syringe?
    Here mate. I only use it for internals now.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7vH..._order&list=UL

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyM View Post
    I just wish I had more time to play about with one.
    I wouldnt have the patience for the AplaTech tools and Ive no doubt you will be able to run a conventional bazooka with your eyes shut mate.
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    apla is some piece of kitt tony,but as alex says if you can use that,you can use a bazzooka no problem.two or three hours on a gun youll never look back..

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    Looks a fantastic bit of kit and when you get used to it a hell of a time and effort saver.
    Only drawback I can see is the amount of clean up time and water at the end of the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian S View Post
    Looks a fantastic bit of kit and when you get used to it a hell of a time and effort saver.
    Only drawback I can see is the amount of clean up time and water at the end of the day
    It actually takes just a few minutes to clean. I have a high pressure hose that fits on most taps. If there's no tap, I take it home and do it. I don't have the big pump anymore, I fill from a Cinta drywall pump. I have left it for a couple of weeks before, with a plastic bag wrapped around the end. The Apla-tech bazookas head is removable and easy clean too.

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    I have 4 bazookas,3 r blueline and 1 columbia! The 1 i am using at the moment i got about 18 years ago and still going strong,needs a chain and cable,service now and again but still the beast of the bunch!! It gets cleaned with a paint brush and water at the end of the day and dumped in a bucket of water until its needed again,no power hose just a spray of lube before u start next job! Best gun i have had!

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