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Complete House Remodel.... #8: I like big Butts(seams) and I can not lie......

Blog entry by Todd Thomas posted 02-21-2010 10:07 PM 9120 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry for dumping all these on at once, just trying to get caught up….we hung 238 sheets of drywall….oh my back is sore. so thats 238 12 foot sheets of drywall 2 buckets of screws and 4 buckets, 26 boxes of drywall compound later we have it ready to do a final sanding and priming by this weekend. most of the drywall was hung by two of us at a time, friends start to avoid you when they know your hanging a bunch of drywall. . In some of the photos of the basement you can see we had to box in the heat/cool truck line. Most of it went well, it just took longer than I thought/hoped it would. I finished it. Yes I know that butt seems don’t have to be this big, most are about 4 feet wide, but thats the way I like it!! I don’t consider myself as a professional drywall finisher, although I do finish most all of the drywall I put up. So I worry about seeing the butt seams so I keep them thin and wide and I sand most of them by hand so I can spread out the visual on the seams. Of course we had about 4 guys over from a bible study group I’m in that came over to help hang the vaulted ceiling. LOTS of Pictures:

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-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN



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Janice

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posted 02-21-2010 11:41 PM

Oh my gosh, this is absolutley crazy! This is a house remodel? Looks like your building it. I sure wouldnt want to be the one to do all that sanding.

-- Janice

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Beginningwoodworker

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posted 02-22-2010 04:50 PM

Looks good.

-- CJIII

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BillyJ

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posted 02-22-2010 05:12 PM

OMG – you still have a back!!!!???? Please tell me you had a drywall lift – you did, didn’t you? Looks great so far. Tell you what, next time I have to hang some drywall, I’m going to call you for help (or at least look at these pics – that way I’ll stop whining).

Let us know when you recover from this!!

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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Todd Thomas

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posted 02-22-2010 07:22 PM

No lift….........I’m to old to do this anymore….thought about a lift and decided that we could do faster without. Hung most of the walls alone…I can do walls alone but not ceilings :-) Hopefully it will be awhile before I have to hang any drywall, let me forget what a pain in the backside it is!!

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 02-28-2010 01:58 PM

Todd, hey looks great, l have been in the business as a professional since 1978, many many houses.
I as well like going wide nothing wrong with that, l would have gone wider on the long joints not near as wide as your but joints.
I have never since 1978 had to go back to go back to repair my work other than a real fussy owner worried about a few scratches.

I normally go about 14-16 inches wide on all flats, but joints depends how board was installed.
I use a pole sander to remove most mud but think am only taper that sands with a hand sander corners, flats everything.
I am very fussy try to aim for 110% perfection the past 10-12 years l haven’t worked for builders USa likely same as here most builders demand quanity over quality want to prime it before lm unload tools off truck.

So the past 10-12 years working for home owner has been great, l turn 51 this year so l am slowing down work load home owners want quality even if takes longer for most is biggest investment they make is their home.
I charge more than most tapers likely but think am well worth it as l said no one hand sands every flat every corner as l do l get about 95% of jobs l bid on turn many down because l stand firm on quality if home owner wants quick job l don’t even measure job to give a price.

You hung allot of board looks great to me do you use durabond 90 there or what l prefer sheetrock 45?
Well todd keep good work up not often you see good workmanship anymore everything is about the money profit etc.
The profit is important to keep afloat, but so is the end result job A gets you job, c, d, e etc word of mouth from satisfied customer in any trade is everything.
I guess l got carried away talking drywall great job Todd

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posted 02-28-2010 02:51 PM

thank you for your comments Jim1959….I too, turn 51 this year and like you I get most of my work word of month. I just ordered my 1 business cards. I’m fussy as well. I went only about 12-14 inches on my mud seems. I hear what you are saying about most contractors they want it fast and cheap. lately that has gotten worse

I don’t consider myself in your class but I can do drywall and will if I can’t get the right guys to hang and finish it.

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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