I JUST NEED ONE GOOD WORKER

I Just Need One Good Worker   By Myron Ferguson aka “That Drywall Guy™” Maybe we all don’t notice the same things. But most people I know joke about road construction crews particularly a crew working on a city street. To most people it looks like there are way too many workers because usually there are…

LEARN

Don’t Learn the Hard Way: LEARN By Myron Ferguson Finally this year NYS will implement a new energy code. Many of the builders I have been talking to have a lot of anxiety about this and to be honest so did I.  In order for myself to be updated on the NYS Code I just…

Truss Uplift Cause and Solutions

TRUSS RAFTER What is a Truss Rafter? Trusses are pre-engineered and manufactured assemblies that take the place of conventional rafter, ceiling joist – roof construction. Trusses are usually installed across the entire width of a home and transfer the load to the outside walls and through them to the foundation. Houses that are constructed using…

HOW STRONG IS DRYWALL?

 By Myron R. Ferguson About 10 years ago I organized a field trip to a drywall factory. I took my employees, my father, the owner of the local drywall yard, and that’s about it. Turns out visiting a drywall factory is not at the top of most people’s list like it was on mine. The…

CAN A SUBCONTRACTOR MAKE CONSISTENT MONEY?

  CAN A SUBCONTRACTOR MAKE CONSISTENT MONEY?…. Myron’s perspective Being a drywall contractor I really like what I do for a living, but I wouldn’t do it every day for free. Matter of fact, if I could make more money doing what I do, I would like what I do even more. But I guess…

THOUSANDS OF SCREW POPS

One of my favorite magazine ads is of a drywall contractor standing in front of a couple who are his customers. He is gesturing toward a white painted wall that is completely bare. The caption reads: “MOST ART IS APPRECIATED WHEN IT IS SEEN -YOURS IS WHEN IT ISN’T” I recently had a general contractor ask me…

ELIMINATING PROBLEMS WITH DRYWALL BUTTED SEAMS

Drywall panels are typically produced in lengths up to 16-ft and standard widths of 48 and 54 inches.  The long edges of drywall panels are tapered slightly to accommodate joint tape and compound.  The panel ends are cut square and finished smooth with the gypsum core exposed, and are thus un-tapered.  Similarly, whenever a contractor…