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Completely revised & updated

Myron Ferguson

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  • Product # 070966
  • ISBN 978-1-56158-955-5
  • Published Date 2008
  • Pages 224

In this completely revised third edition of the best-selling classic, drywall contractor Myron Ferguson shares the latest information, including an entirely new chapter on sound control and over 100 new photos.

Learn how to:

  • Choose the right drywall for the job
  • Hang, tape, and finish drywall like the pros
  • Work with the new cornerbead products
  • Repair damaged walls and ceilings
  • Prep drywall for paint and textured finishes

About the Author
Myron Ferguson has over 25 years of experience hanging drywall. He is the author 
of numerous articles written for trade journals including Fine Homebuilding magazine, 
Walls and Ceilings, and Journal of Light Construction.

Table of Contents

Drywall Basics
Types and Uses of Drywall
Planning the Job
Estimating Materials
Planning Access for Materials

Tools and Materials
Hanging Tools
Taping Tools and Materials
Sanding Tools and Materials

Hanging Drywall
Backing Materials
Measuring and Cutting Drywall
General Guidelines for Hanging Drywall
Fastening Drywall
Hanging Ceilings
Hanging Walls
Trim Accessories

Taping Basics
Taping Fastener Heads
Taping Seams
Taping Inside Corners
Taping Outside Corners
Mechanical Taping
Taping Problems

Getting Ready to Sand
The Sanding Process
Wet Sanding
General Cleanup

Special Installations
Off-Angle Corners
Curved Walls and Barrel Ceilings
Butted Seams
Butting Drywall to a Different Surface
Multilayer Applications
Cement Board
Control Joints
Decorating with Drywall

Popped Nails and Screws
Repairing Holes in Drywall
Remodeling Repairs
Stress Cracks
Water Damage
Water Stains

Decorating Drywall
Wall Coverings

The Basics of Sound Control
The Drywaller's Role
Develop a Plan
Controlling Noise
Trouble Spots and Solutions
Sound Control for Existing Structures



Drywall, wallboard, Sheetrock®, gypsum board--call it what you will, this material is on more walls and ceilings than any other material in new construction. Drywall covers approximately 80 percent of the visible interior of a typical home, and it holds more than a 90 percent market share of interior finish materials. Properly installed and finished, drywall can add real beauty to a home or business. Improperly attached or finished, it can be a major eyesore. In this book, I'll teach you how to do it right, with techniques and materials used by the pros. Remember that the best drywalling job goes completely unnoticed.

My first drywalling job was on my own house quite a few years ago. I'd heard a lot of negative things about the chore of installing drywall, but to my surprise I found that I liked the work. Hanging the panels provided me with the physical work that I enjoy, while taping and finishing drywall proved to be an interesting test of my patience and skill. When I started out in the business in 1980, I had a bare minimum of tools and a pretty limited knowledge of the drywall trade. But over the years, I've experimented with different kinds of drywall, joint tape, and joint compounds; added numerous tools to my drywalling arsenal; and studied the work of many professional hangers and tapers.

I'm still learning. Each year manufacturers bring out new materials, such as the variety of corner beads and tapes now on the market. These products not only improve productivity, they also enhance the finished look of the project. Hangers and tapers are always developing and honing installation techniques, and a whole rash of new application tools makes the work go more quickly and smoothly. My experiences, including countless hours spent hanging and taping drywall, as well as training and talking to people out in the field, have enabled me to develop techniques that virtually guarantee success when drywalling.

If you've ever watched a professional hanger or taper in action, the work probably looked deceptively simple--panels are attached and joints taped in a graceful rhythm. But don?t be deceived; working with drywall is not without its frustrations. Getting the perfect finish on the final coat of joint compound can be maddening, and finding a 4-ft.-wide butted seam on a ceiling that is only visible when the sun is setting and shining in the window can all but reduce you to tears. Drywalling requires care and attention to detail every step of the way. Drywall work is just one piece in the construction puzzle; it should be done at the proper time and under the proper conditions.

Drywalling is a very linear process, and I've organized the book in roughly the order 
I handle a typical job--from planning the layout to hanging, taping, and sanding dry-
wall to finishing the walls and ceilings (with paint, textures, or wall coverings). I've also included a chapter on special installations (such as curved walls and double-layer applications) and another on drywall repairs. It's a complete course in drywalling.

You may also appreciate the new chapter that I have added detailing the basics of sound control. Whether he knows it or not, the drywall contractor is often involved in some form of sound control. Even the act of installing drywall adds mass to the assembly, which helps reduce sound transmission. But there can be much more than this, so I am offering a brief introduction to sound control. Basic sound control can become an offshoot of any drywall business. In these competitive times, setting yourself apart and establishing another niche market can reap big benefits.


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