Environmental Control

Environmental Control By Myron R. Ferguson It was late October in Upstate New York, which is close to my cutoff date for working without heat. It is tough enough trying to do drywall work in the summer months but with colder weather we all really need to be more vigilant with controlling the environment on…

Drywall Repairs: Guest Post

Drywall Repair and Pink Colored Walls Scott Pfleeger When you are hired to patch a wall are you identifying blemishes, cracks, dings or small nail holes that need attention even when the customer makes no mention of it. If you are not identifying these blemishes you may want to consider it. Identifying areas of a…

Prep Before Taping

Prep Before Taping By Myron Ferguson What I have always liked about taping drywall is that it is fast moving work. There is a lot of energy in the air when we walk into a freshly hung job and get ready to start embedding the tape. And embedding the tape is really what we want…

Saving Plaster Surfaces

Saving surfaces By Myron Ferguson A few years ago someone who does restoration work was telling me that the reason they like what they do for a living so much is they have learned to appreciate all the work and energy that went into putting together the building, the walls and ceilings, or whatever part…

Jobsite Noise

Noisy Jobsites By Myron Ferguson On most construction sites there is a lot going on. There is a lot of noise. What is noise? Noise is unwanted sound Did you ever stop to visit a jobsite where the radio is blasting and you can’t help but notice the ground man struggling to hear a measurement…

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…