Recent thread about how long a crew was taking to tape and finish a job
got me thinking about the process. Install the rock, tape, first coat of
mud, finish coat, sand, prime, paint.
Have you ever watched Extreme Makeover where they build a house in a week?
I understand that they have many people and work around the clock.
Everything is well coordinated and laid out on a huge Gantt chart, etc. But
.. . . . . some things just take time.
In 7 days they frame, plumb, wire, and then cover the walls. That leaves
only a short time for the actual finishing before painting. I cannot
imagine having that much mud spread in such a short time, re-coated, then
sanded.Are new compounds that fast drying?
There are 15 minute versions, though the fastest I've ever needed was
30. And I just discovered there's a high-early setting-type compound
that's used in the manufactured housing industry.
I find it hard to believe the guys can move that quickly. I suppose
eventually they'll have taping guns that will mix the compound in the
chamber and it will kick almost immediately upon contact.
I've often wondered about those tv shows myself.
While they do have drywall mud that sets up in an hour, few people use it
100% of the time in real life.
You do have to remember that I'm sure a few of those week long house
renovations do take longer, and those episodes never make it to your tv
But as you also point out with enough bodies and pre-planning, you can get a
lot done in a short time.
Mind you, they never show you that house 6 months later, when the hurried
drywall joints are peeling/cracking, nails popping. or floors are squeaking,
or even that in some rooms you can see every joint or sanding marks through
Ever see what some homes in subdivisions that are built to a deadline look
It's sad to see what is often pawned off as "finished" by some contractors.
And all too often those buyers end up here, asking for help as their 3 year
old house starts falling apart around them
This is Turtle.
They have a sheet rock crew or company here that works for different contractors
doing sheet rock and here is the time frame they do it in from my uncles house
they did for him. first day they hang all the sheet rock in a 1,400 sq. ft.
house and mud in all the cracks and almost floated it in but just close. The
second day the finish floating / sanding the sheet rock and is ready to paint
and the paint crew will ruff in the paint job as primer coats that day. On the
thrid day morning they are ready to start painting regular coat of painting of
the house. a day is 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. .
They are getting faster all the time.
This is Turtle.
NO , Done with Electric Screw Guns. It is a a electric drill with the head on it
that will drill the screw in till it hits the surface and then let go of the
screw to be level with the top of the sheet rock.
Electric screws would be something good.
I use the setting mud for small projects up to maybe one room. You can get
3-4 coats (bed, top double skim) applied in one day. I go for the extra coat
because I hate sanding. It does have to dry over night with air movement to
ready for a final sanding.
I hired some guys a few years back to finish 2 large rooms for me. Two guys
had it ready to paint in a day and short half.
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