Drywall Stress Crack Tape

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Drywall stress crack tape is something that covers the seam with a piece of paper. Find out about drywall stress crack tape with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello, everyone, I'm Joshua Clement and this is drywall stress crack tape. A lot of times where your drywall seams come together, there ends up being a crack. So they came up with some stress crack tape which covers the seam with a piece of paper or with a mesh to help keep that matte in to place when the shifting of the house from settling causes that to crack. Now when you're installing your drywall tape, you're going to need a couple things. First of all, you will need a trowel to put the tape on with, you also need to drywall mud and there's two different types of tape. You have a paper tape and a mesh tape. I personally like the mesh tape better because it doesn't take as long to put up, it's self adhesive so you don't have to put much mud on and then put your tape on, and it doesn't cause as many bubbles in your tape. Now when you go to put it on you've got to make sure that there's no dust on your drywall because it will keep the self adhesive from sticking on there, then we'll take our mesh tape and run it across our seam, making sure that the seam is right in the middle of the tape. Then when we get to the end, we're going to take a trowel, push it up against our tape and just drip it down. Now after the tape is installed we're going to take our drywall mud, we're going to go ahead and mix it up a little bit to make sure that all the moisture is through the mud thoroughly, don't have any dry stuff in there, or any clumping. Then we're going to get some on the end of our blade and put it on our tape. After it's on there I'm going to take the shorter side of my blade and run it across. Now I'm going to take the entire width and run it though there to make sure that there isn't anything sticking over to where my join is going to be. Putting tape on and mudding it correctly is essential for hanging any type of drywall. If you don't put take on there your seams are going to crack and it's going to end up looking horrible especially when you try to paint it and it ends up separating the layer and a lot of times the bottom part will stick out a little bit further than the top. So it's key to make sure that you have the drywall tape on there and on there properly. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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