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…

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…