Drywall Repair, Patching and Taping – A Free Training Event by Ecopainting
Erna used to work for Ecopainting as a painter and still works with us occasionally. She is passionate about her skills and she is one of the hardest working people I know. When Erna decides to give you her time, be prepared to accept it. She will always give you more than you expect. I knew that whoever showed up for the event would be in for a treat. Every participant would get an abundance of useful information. Or at least as much information as you could fit in two hours.
It was a Good Event Turnout
First she introduced the different tools, materials and patching compounds. There are different patching compounds, some ready to use and some in powder form. They all have a different purpose and some dry faster than others. We talked about the differences between mesh and paper tape for drywall joints. Finally we spent some time discussing the merits of the new Fibafuse tape. What made this event even more valuable was the real field experience that Erna brought to the event. The tools and methods we discussed are the same ones our employees and painter apprentices use every day.
We prepared the training wall a few days later to save some time. We created a few holes, installed some pieces of drywall and applied the first coat of compound on some drywall tape.
Erna first demonstrated how to patch regular holes and then how to patch bigger one by installing backing behind the hole with some wood and screws. Then she proceeded to share some more of her tips, including the ‘butterfly patch”, also known as the California drywall patch.
The remaining of the time was spent taping the pre-installed drywall joints with different tapes. The FibaFuse paperless tape was a hit and received most of the attention. Being thinner than paper tape and stronger than the fiberglass mesh tape it’s becoming the trade favourite. Note: always wear protective gloves when handling this tape as the fiberglass is an irritant.
A “hands on” patching demonstration indeed!
The “hands on” part went amazingly well and most participants got their hands dirty. Under Erna’s watchful eye, almost everyone got to familiarize themselves with the tools and products. The blog pictures really tell the story and they show how attentive the audience was.
We had a journalist from Snapd Scarborough taking information and pictures for a feature and a report of the event. Which we usually kept in our record.
Conclusion: The event was great success!
- We work hard to minimize any harm our business causes to the environment.
- Our Painters matter and they are the driving force behind our company.
- We are positive participants and contributors in our community.
As we are brainstorming to come up with the next topic and theme, we are open to suggestions. What would you like our next event to be about? A discussion about today’s paints and eco-friendly coatings? Maybe the issue of what it means to be an environmentally responsible contractor? Another idea is to have a face to face with a designer or colour consultant where people can ask their decorating questions. What about a talk about the business of contracting?
We look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.