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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BuyerBeware22 Disaster edge tape
My wife and I run a small real estate renovation business in Western Pennsylvania. We typically do a lot of renovation of heavily damaged and run-down properties. In this part of the world, that usually means renovating houses that are from eighty to a hundred years old and were not built particularly well to start with. I work with small, inexperienced groups when I’m not working alone.
Strait-Flex Huge is our problem-solving edge bead on most jobs.
When you learn about drywalling in general, you are usually introduced to the basic in a quick, breezy way that emphasizes how easy it is. The instructor is almost always working on drywall hung on newly constructed framing. The framing is always even, the edges always line up, the screws always go in straight, the instructor has plenty of room and help to put sheets in the right places. Tape goes on neatly and smoothly, finishing happens with precision and skill. The installer recommends fiberglass mesh tape for joints, paper tape for corners, and metal bead for outside corners.
Working with drywall in renovating 100-year-old homes with inexperienced crews presents a range of different challenges. To start with, the bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways you’ll invariably be doing the bulk of your drywall work in are almost always cramped, doorways are narrow, you’re lining up drywall on framing that was originally covered with lath and plaster, and nothing is ever square or even after decades of settling into shifting mud in areas with substandard erosion control measures and documented mine subsistence problems. Relying on paper tape and long, inflexible beads for your corners will often make you feel like you've brought a set of steak knives to fight a nuclear war.
Strait-Flex Huge can be used as inside corner tape and outside corner bead. It can be carefully cut into functional L-bead. It can be used with joint compound to straighten extremely ugly framing issues and cover large edge holes. It is more resistant to denting and puncturing than any other tape I’ve ever used. It accepts sanding without fuzzing.
Basically, this is very thick and wide PVC edge tape with no holes in it, no tapering, and precise measurements printed on the tape. The measurements really help you cut this tape to exactly the right size.
I’ve attached four pictures of a job I recently used this product on as inside corner tape on barneyboard in a bathroom. In the first pic, we see the edge as it was originally. There are two holes in the ceiling drywall, patched with aluminum patches. The edge is not straight. This is the perfect scenario for using Strait-Flex Huge instead of easily damaged and fragile paper tape.
In the second pic, prefilling is completed and there is a coat of unthinned all-purpose compound on the edge. You simply cannot use lightweight joint compound to tape joints with Strait-Flex Huge. It needs compound with serious glue in it. In the third picture, we have a new, straight, even inside corner created by the Huge tape. In the last picture, you can see the first coat of joint compound embedding the tape, quite unevenly applied by yours truly. But that's OK, I can sand out the ridges without worrying about the tape fuzzing up.
Strait-Flex Huge will get you out of serious jams in drywalling. There’s a lot of flexibility packed in with just one roll on a jobsite. I can’t recommend this tape highly enough for the purposes I've described.
November 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Great Product
I do a lot of sheet rocking and this is the best composite corner tape I've ever used. It's really wide which is great when your corner isn't super straight. It goes on easily and is tough and durable. If your corners are super straight I'd use a narrower corner tape so you don't have to use so much compound, but if you're only going to buy one 100 ft roll, this is the one to get.
September 29, 2014