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On my first day back to work, I had to hang 24 sheets of drywall.

Protecting stairs during drywall installation In my 20 years as a drywall contractor, I’ve worked on a lot of two- and three-story houses. In just about every one, the finished stairs are in place when I start my work. My crew and I make numerous trips up and down those stairs. We work over them and on them, carrying drywall, tools, and 60-lb. buckets of joint compound. The steps need to be protected when we are working so that they’ll be spotless when we finish the job.  I've tried all…

In my 20 years as a drywall contractor, I’ve worked on a lot of two- and three-story houses. In just about every one, the finished stairs are in place when …

Varnish stilts

Varnish/Painting stilts for when you're painting items like doors etc (and while they dry).

Scribe-fit+plaster+patch

As a remodeling contractor in Pennsylvania, I often have to patch plaster walls. Unfortunately, “squaring up” a hole in a plaster wall to receive a drywall or rock-lath patch can …

Drywall kicker - I have to hang some drywall once in a while, but not often enough to justify investing in a real drywall "kicker -- a lever device made especially for lifting a piece of drywall. Instead, I modified my pry bar as shown in the drawing to do the same task. Through its nail-pulling hole I attached a 3-in. length of 1-in. dia. dowel with a bolt that is countersunk in the dowel. With just a little toe pressure I can lift a drywall panel 2 in. off the floor.

In the course of my construction projects I have to hang some drywall once in a while, but not often enough to justify investing in a real drywall “kicker — …

Spacing deck railing balusters

Another angle on spacing deck-railing balusters - Fine Homebuilding

Straightening crooked lumber - Fine Homebuilding Tip

Building built-up girders, headers and beams can be a nuisance if the components aren’t straight. The drawing shows a simple way to use a hammer and a nail to …

Patching drywall - Fine Homebuilding Tip

Here is still another way to install a drywall patch in a spot that doesn’t have any backing. First, cut an oversize patch, and nibble away at it until it …

Panel hook - Fine Homebuilding Tip

A sheet of drywall, pegboard, or plywood can be a nuisance to carry. With my device, one person can easily maneuver these bulky panels. I fabricated the metal hook …

Glue bucket - Fine Homebuilding Tip

Applying contact cement to laminate work can be a messy proposition.

Cutting plastic pipe - Fine Homebuilding Tip

While on one of my daily inspection tours of the job site, I saw out of the corner of my eye my plumber doing what looked like an aerobic exercise …

Patching holes in textured drywall

Patching holes in textured drywall - Fine Homebuilding

Broomplow

A sprained ankle can be but a few steps away on a job site that’s littered with framing offcuts. That’s why I make it a point to regularly pick up …

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