Drywallers- remodel taping question
I’ve done some taping and mudding and I’m working with a gentleman who seems to have more experience than myself, yet he is suggesting on a remodel where new srock butts up into an existing (textured) ceiling to butt-tape i.e. run the tape up _to_ the ceiling but not lap it as in a standard wall-ceiling detail. It seems from my knowledge and experience this doesn’t accomplish the ‘bridging’ (?) that’s intended from taping corners. I’d like to hear some more experienced opinions on this, is it done? Is it acceptable (under the circumstances)? Is he blowing smoke?
I've done a variation on popcorn textured ceilings. Flat taped some, used tearaway "L" bead on others. The tearaway allowed easy trowling along and just below the popcorn. Bead of caulk after tearing away and it's looked good ever since.
If there's movement it's bound to open up.
When doing crown I've gauged the crown location on the ceiling and scraped away the popcorn from there to the wall edge.
Now, if it's not popcorn I'd be real tempted to corner tape it and match/blend texture.
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No, it's not popcorn, rather light-knockdown. Thanks for all the experiential replies. One question I still have however is regards to the 'bridging' function of tape on seams. Doesn't it serve a purpose other than just to close the gap in the corner (not even getting into fire and air-infiltration, hypothetically)? Flat tape and caulk would of course make my life a little easier (not trying to match existing texture) but how often do these types of joints open up (given particularly given this is an old house with some newer framing lumber).
Tape helps to prevent cracks. But only when it bridges a gap between boards of rock (like in a corner).
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I'm with Calvin, if it ain't popcorn the corner should be taped and finished, unless you are making the walls smooth and not messing with the texture. In that case a flat tape and caulk might be okay.
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if you decide to butt tape it, try using painter's tape to keep mud off the ceiling. and sand with one of those angled sponge blocks. and caulk.
on popcorn, i have scraped away the popcorn with a 6" knife and corner taped with a 4", leaving a decorative border around the room. assuming the rooms not too big, and you're repainting the ceiling.
if it's texture, i've used j-trim and caulk. and once, in a rental, i corner taped over the texture, so the border was built up/(down? lol). it looked ok, but was a pita.