Taping Knife off the Compound

Start with the Taping Knife off the Compound By Myron Ferguson The best way I have found to reduce tool marks while smoothing out joint compound is to start the motion with the knife off the compound. Let’s say you are smoothing out the fill coat on a repair. Some compound needs to be removed…

Proper Sandpaper Grits

Proper Grit of Sandpaper for Lightweight Compounds By Myron Ferguson Sanding drywall may be our least favorite part of the finishing process but it is often where the quality of the job is made or broken. Many of us are finishing our joints and fasteners with the lighter weight compound because they dry faster, are…

Radius 360 Sander

The Radius 360 sander is one of the first tools I reviewed for Fine Homebuilding. I wrote this 2005 and the sander is still my favorite sander. Radius 360 Sanding taped seams and fasteners on drywall is a necessary evil. The sanding phase is a vital part of any smooth finish drywall job. Sanding can…

Drywall Work is Real Important

How important is drywall work? By Myron Ferguson I read about , talk about, study, post on Instagram, give clinics, post on this blog and make my living with drywall. My book is a best seller at Taunton Press and My clinics at trade shows are very well attended. Most of the time I really…

Fire-Resistant Drywall

  Fire-Resistant Drywall By Myron Ferguson     The other day I was giving a demonstration on air sealing an attic. I built a box out of drywall scraps to use as a cover for recessed ceiling lights. This box would be fitted so that it sets tight against the drywall ceiling in the attic.…

POWER SANDING DRYWALL

POWER SANDING DRYWALL By Myron Ferguson One of the best ways to increase profitability is production based:tools, materials, and processes in the field. I didn’t always use a power sander and I don’t always get one out on a smaller job but I couldn’t work without one on larger job. I wish I knew the percentage of…

I HOPE THE TAPER DOES A LOUSY JOB

  I Hope the Taper Does a Lousy Job By Myron Ferguson A few months ago I bid on a taping job for a friend of the family. The potential customer had hung their own drywall and did an OK job. The area consisted of a bonus room over the garage, a stairway and some…

PLANNING AND SETTING EXPECTATIONS

Planning and Setting Expectations By Myron Ferguson I am often being accused of being too through when giving instructions. Well I have to be because I have a plan and my schedule depends on expectations being met. This past summer I took on a small repair and painting job to fill in a few days before…

STACKING DRYWALL: SAFETY FIRST

DRYWALL SAFETY: STACKING DRYWALL By Myron Ferguson It is interesting that when I was doing research on safety when stacking drywall on a job site I mostly found information on avoiding injuries while lifting and carrying drywall. There was also a lot of concerns about structural tolerances with all the weight.  However in my research I did find…

USING A CHEAP ROLLER COVER

By Myron R. Ferguson What do we base the choices we make on? Do we actually see the full picture or calculate the cost all the way through? I have witnessed a contractor driving out of a lumber yard with a few pieces of metal corner bead in the back of the truck. They hit a…