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Drywall Finishing Tips for Owner-Builders

The Zen of taping and sanding

Posted on Nov 18 2016 by Martin Holladay

Plenty of owner-builders are happy to hang drywall. When it comes to taping and finishing, however, most feel less confident. Some just shrug their shoulders and announce, “I’m going to hire a contractor to do the drywall.”

Spreading drywall mud is like frosting a cake. You need to have the right touch, and the right touch takes experience. The first time you frost a cake, you’re going to damage the surface of the cake and get cake crumbs mixed with the frosting. You need to take a deep breath, slow down, and adjust the pressure on your knife.

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Chinese Drywall Maker to Cough Up Tardy Payments

Five years after a state-owned company was ordered to pay for damages, the company resurfaces with money for some plaintiffs

Posted on Mar 24 2015 by Scott Gibson

There's a light at the end of the tunnel for at least a few of the thousands of families whose homes were made unhealthy or uninhabitable by defective Chinese drywall and who so far haven't been able to collect court-ordered restitution.

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The Government’s Final Word on Problem Drywall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issues guidance for those who own homes afflicted with Chinese drywall

Posted on Oct 7 2011 by Richard Defendorf

By the time the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and its team of consultants and testers had completed their investigation of problem drywall imported from China during the building boom, the agency had heard complaints about the drywall from 3,905 homeowners in 42 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico.

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Superinsulation Can't Work if the Windows Leak

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Storing Heat in Walls with Phase-Change Materials

Posted on Nov 24 2009 by Alex Wilson

I just returned from the Greenbuild conference in Phoenix. This annual event, now in its eighth year, has become the leading locus for exchange of information about the rapidly growing green building movement. This year’s event drew some 22,000 attendees, including architects, builders, engineers, developers, and manufacturers, from the U.S., Canada, and dozens of other countries.

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The Tainted-Drywall Story’s Sturdy Legs

Posted on Apr 16 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Why stories about tainted drywall imported from China continue to raise a big stink

We’ve had months of reports about defective drywall that had been imported from China to help meet demand during the U.S. building boom. But it could be years before we understand the full extent of the problems the stuff might cause.

The core issue is that most of this drywall appears to be tainted in a way that causes it to off-gas sulfuric compounds that can corrode metal fixtures, including copper piping and wiring, and produce a “rotten egg” odor.

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