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Fine Homebuilding is built around tradesmen who are passionate about their work, but Myron R. Ferguson is in a category all his own. You could search for a lifetime and never find another contractor who loves drywall as much as Myron. Recently, he completed a Building Performance Institute certification and is now a building-envelope analyst. When he's not heaving 'rock and slinging mud, he enjoys running in road races and spending time with his wife, Linda, their two kids, and his chocolate Lab, Dakota in Galway, N.Y.
The right techniques make for speedy, accurate cuts
Drywall can stop air leaks when it's installed with caulk, foam, and adhesive
A final skim coat of compound creates a surface as smooth as plaster but at a lower cost
Apply innovative products to difficult drywall corners for a faster, easier, and more durable job
Switching to fiberglass-faced drywall makes kitchens, baths, and basements more mold resistant, but it also means adopting some new work habits.
This gypsum job is tougher than most, and not just because of the high ceiling
For perfect results, use the right amount of compound and embed the tape using firm, even pressure
For drywall novices, there's nothing more challenging—or messy—than finishing inside corners
Use strips of drywall to create custom paneling that will add detail and charm to most any room
Watch Myron R. Ferguson demonstrate his techniques for smooth, hassle-free drywall hanging.
A good finished look starts with properly hung panels, which reduces the work of taping, mudding, and sanding
Type X and type C drywall are designed specifically to be used in fire-rated assemblies
Sheetrock Mold Tough
Heavyweight, lightweight, and midweight types are readily available and can be used straight from the bucket
Successful sound control requires a basic understanding of acoustics, the right materials, and attention to detail
Thoughtful layout and the right tools help to bring this task within reach
Create perfect walls with minimal mess, effort, and frustration
Drywall panels and innovative corner beads turn a former living room into a formal dining room
With flexible 1/4-in. drywall and a variety of bendable corner beads to choose from, creating the perfect curve is easier than ever
Techniques for fixing everything from popped screws to big holes
Longer sheets mean fewer seams and simpler taping and finishing
Great moments in building history: Drywall work saves lives
For a professional finish, you have to tape, then wait.
To get inside corners right, the tape must be tight
For a perfect finish, don't overdo this last step
Techniques for smooth walls and ceilings
Longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Myron R. Ferguson, shows how drywall can make your house more energy-efficient when installed with caulks, sealants, canned foam, and gaskets.
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