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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Paper tape vs. Fiberglass mesh tape

    Fiberglass mesh has no resistance to racking stress. It deforms/stretches across the bias, paper stretches not in any direction.
    They just came out with a fiberglass tape that is a spun (non-woven) fabric, not a mesh, I used it two months ago, seemed to work well; it sort of folds and goes into corners, has no weave to deform or stretch.
    Casey
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    Default Re: Paper tape vs. Fiberglass mesh tape

    "They just came out with a fiberglass tape that is a spun (non-woven) fabric,"

    What is it called?

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    Default Re: Paper tape vs. Fiberglass mesh tape

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    "They just came out with a fiberglass tape that is a spun (non-woven) fabric,"

    What is it called?
    I have no idea what was on the label; it was at Home Depot in Leesburg VA.
    I searched and found:
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/FibaTape-...62-U/203154307
    Be advised, it puts off slivers of fiberglass like you wouldn't believe.

    Casey
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    Default Re: Paper tape vs. Fiberglass mesh tape

    The new stuff sounds interesting and may solve this age-old argument. As for amateur-finisher me and the professional finishers I know, we all use paper tape exclusively because it is less prone to stress cracking than mesh. I will use mesh tape on stubborn cracks with expansion movement because it is stronger in that direction, but with lateral movement paper tape is best. That's why USG recommends using paper and not mesh.

    Ducking down and running now, avoiding the caulking section on the way out

    Phil

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