Jim Gressinger is our drywall guru and works with Richard McCracken, as well as some of our other colleagues who are architects and homeowners to determine drywall construction requirements for interior walls, ceilings and floors.
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Drywall Contractor

And we make it a professional practice to be current on local building codes. There are very specific building-code rules to take into consideration, such as areas that may be prone to fire hazards, areas that may require damp-resistant panes, and areas that may require sound proofing. Jim also takes into account installation needs that may require drywall to be abuse resistant or sag resistant. Children’s rooms are a good example where drywall installation may need to be abuse resistant. In cold-climate areas, foil-backed drywall construction panels can provide an effective radiant barrier solution that help keep walls and ceiling free of damp by creating a vapor area. Drywall is a popular and effective alternative to traditional plasterwork. With the proper care and installation, drywall panels are visually appealing and can last a long time.

Whatever your home addition project idea, you can bring it to us and we'll review with you how we can make it happen. Sometimes the answer to cramped space isn't a whole new house, new mortgage, and the hassle of moving. Instead, you can invest in your current property by complementing your living space with an impressive home addition. And we can make it happen.

Many drywall repairs seem so small that you’re tempted to try and repair them yourself. This usually ends up like something out of “tool time”. You find that you’ve wasted your time and effort and turned that small job into a bigger headache. Jim specializes in drywall repair so that like the TV commercial says "Like it never even happened".


Drywall Installation

Gypsum board installation is the beginning of the interior finishing process. It is also the last part of the rough construction process: providing cover for framing, electrical, HVAC, low-voltage and insulation. There are a number of steps involved, which include:

  • Estimating the job from walk through or plans
  • Ordering materials and scheduling delivery
  • Ensuring that all inspections are complete before installing drywall
  • Stocking materials before drywall inspection
  • Hanging drywall ceiling board
  • Scheduling blown-in ceiling insulation
  • Making sure heat is available
  • Cleaning up scrap, and sweeping floors of debris
  • Taping and finish, applying primer, touch-up and texture
  • Removing floor paper and cleaning floors

While most of these tasks are performed by the subcontractor, it is a good idea to make sure that each party is aware of their responsibilities.


Drywall Construction Techniques

We like to keep our clients informed on the techniques used in drywall construction. The process usually starts with the storage and preparation of drywall before hanging.

Drywall is always stored laying it in flat stacks because it is easy to damage the edges. The gypsum core of drywall can crumble very easily when stress is placed on it. Before drywall is hung, an assessment of the room is made to determine the location of studs. In a well-framed room, studs are placed exactly 16 inches apart, and are parallel and plum to each other. The dimensions to the wall and ceiling are determined to gauge how many sheets will be needed. One sheet of drywall can hang vertically over three studs or horizontally over six studs.

There is always a debate within the industry about which hanging method is better. Whatever method is used, it is critical to measure and mark the positions of the studs on the drywall. This can be done by snapping a chalk line where each stud will be.