Drywalling … Not So Easy

Dufferin Drywall & Contracting is one of the few companies in Dufferin that specialize in drywall installation. At only 24, Mono resident Adam Teeter is the owner of Dufferin Drywall & Contracting, a company with one employee and a heavy workload.

“We’re one of the few firms in this area that specialize in installing drywall” says Adam, who started the company in 2020 after working for 5 years as a tradesperson for Mason Renovations, an Orangeville based firm.

Operating solely in Dufferin County, with about 90% of its projects in Orangeville, the company’s clients are exclusively the owners – or their contractors – of existing houses which are being renovated.

One of his most challenging projects was “Project Zina” which took about 2 months to complete which included 9ft ceilings and Bullnose on the main floor and 12ft vaulted ceilings and many custom off-angles on the 2nd floor.

His journey into construction, and ultimately becoming a self-employed businessperson, began as an Orangeville Secondary School Grade 11 & 12 co-op student with Mason Renovations who then took him on full-time after graduating from high school.

There is more than just one type of drywall sheet. You have your regular sheets and then there’s Sag-Resistant sheets for ceilings, Mold/Moisture sheets for bathrooms, ⅝ sheets for garage/apartments, ¼ or ⅜ sheets to match older walls and the list goes on.

All these factors have to be taken into account when he meets with clients, assesses what is required and takes measurements before providing them with an estimate. Those estimates can be based on square footage or per project basis.

Installing drywall is a multi-step job requiring physical fitness and an eye for detail. A very basic – and condensed – description is that it begins by “hanging” the sheets in place and then screwing them into the wood/metal framing, taking care to cut out sections for lights and electrical plugs. Next comes the taping and mudding – or applying drywall compounds – so the various sheets are joined together into a complete solid wall. Further steps include priming the drywall to create a uniform surface so that it can be painted and then inspecting the drywall for any dents or imperfections which must be rectified, says Adam.

For the most part, customers don’t demand long in-depth explanations about what’s involved and most accept his estimates. But there are things they should be aware of, notably that any drywall project generates dust, primarily from the sanding.

“When sanding, furnaces should be shut off or the cold air return will suck in the dust where the work is occurring.”

Another precaution is creating plastic barriers to limit the flow of dust into other sections of the house.

Drapes and all furniture should be removed from the room if possible. If not, his crew will cover and tape it. But dust could still filter in, he warns.

When asked what measures homeowners can take to ensure they’re dealing with experienced and reputable drywall contractors, he responded that the best safeguards are to ask for references and read online reviews. Does the contractor have WSIB? This can be easily verified by a simple search on the WSIB’s website.


Author: LivingSpaces

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