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Do you have a question about automatic taping and finishing tools and don’t know where to find the answer? Just submit your question here and our experts will provide the answer. Whether you want to know which tool is the right one for the job or are looking for tips and techniques, we can help. Remember – if you have a question about something, many of your colleagues probably have the same question. So, every question you ask can potentially help thousands of people learn more and work more productively. Now, that’s powerful!

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    • Question:

      My tape always seems to wrinkle when I use the corner roller. Am I doing something wrong or is something wrong with the roller?

    • Wrinkles usually happen if you start to roll your corners from one end of the corner to the other instead of from the middle. Try starting from the center and working towards each end first, then r...

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    • Question:

      Do I need a gasket when I put the gooseneck onto the B74TT pump?

    • No. The B89TT gooseneck is designed to fit the B74TT Bazooka pump...

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    • Question:

      When I use my MudRunner®, why does the joint compound flow out very slowly?

    • Your joint compound mix is probably too thick. Try mixing more water into your compound. Generally, about 28 to 30 oz. of water per 5 gallons is the right mix. The rubber wiper inside of the material cylinder may also need to be lubricated with Ames Bazooka Oil. This wiper will sometimes become dry and slows the movement of the piston that pushes the joint compound. This will keep your MudRunner...

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    • Question:

      Are the Continuous Flow Boxes the same capacity as standard Finishing Boxes?

    • Since the continuous flow pump maintains a constant flow of joint compound, the continuous flow finishing boxes have a smaller profile and less capacity than the standard Flat Boxes because their primary purpose is simply to deliver the joint compound to the wall. These finishing boxes don't need to "store" compound the way standard finishing boxes...

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    • Question:

      Why do I sometimes have sections of tape that do not have joint compound behind it?

    • The condition you describe, commonly known as "blisters", has two possible causes. First, when loading your taper with the loading pump and gooseneck, ensure that the bucket of joint compound has a sufficient amount of material for the loading pump to fill the taper and that you've properly primed the pump. Insufficient compound or improper priming can result in pockets of air in the compound that fills the automatic taper. While these air pockets won't damge the taper or effect its operation, it will leave sections of tape that have no joint compound behind them. Be sure to maintain enough joint compound in the bucket to keep the bottom of the pump covered and prime the pump to force out any air to avoid this problem. (Watch video)

      Another possible cause could be that you're not maintaining constant contact of the Taper drive wheels on the wallboard surface. Constant contact of the drive wheels to the wallboard is necessary to maintain a steady flow of joint compound onto the tape. (Watch video)...

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