The Art Of Screwing – Rock It Fast

In French it’s called BA 10 or BA 13. In America it’s known as drywall. But in the trades it has a nickname: ‘Rock’. So when it comes to common phrases like: ‘ready to rock’, ‘let’s rock’, etc… in Carpentry they have their own special meaning.

So let’s say you’ve framed out a space and you are in fact, ready to rock. SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) dictate you always rock the ceiling first. This is the least glorious of all the rocking maneuvers. The reason is you have to get up on a ladder, lift the drywall over your head, position it properly on the ceiling joists or rafters, then you have to load your screw gun with a screw and then screw it to the rough framing. This move you rinse and repeat until the drywall is attached to the point it won’t fall down.  If there are only two guys rockin’ this is preformed while the one with the gun holds the drywall in place with his head as he reaches into his pouch to grab a handful of screws.

Now in in the good ol’ USA, we usually make a few T braces out of wood that we use to hold the drywall in place. But this is Paris. France was deforested hundreds of years ago. When it comes many building situations here, using wood just ain’t no good.

Harry Callahan, played by Clint EastwoodSo there you are huffing, puffing and juggling your way toward your rockdom. Like we said, not very glorious…until now! Enter the Auto Feed Screw Gun. Now, the video below features Bosch which is somewhat of a Pro-sumer quality brand, nothing special. But the video is out standing. Check it out!

No more fumbling around for screws, no more holding the rock up with your head. You just point and shoot like Clint Eastwood. With your auto feed screw gun in one hand and drywall in the other, you get to look up at the ceiling and say ‘Go ahead, Make my day!…’

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What Does Drywall Repair And California Have In Common?

Answer: The “California Patch”! (AKA: the no cladding patch). Very cool!

‘Yes’, this is the second video we’ve posted by Lowe’s and ‘No’ we are not getting paid. We just call ’em the way we see ’em and this video is the best we found on the subject.

What do we like? First of all, although we are Americans in Paris, we have never even HEARD of the California Patch. This is ingenious because a typical drywall repair solution includes: cutting all the way to the studs on either side or using a wood 1×3″ or similar backing to reinforce the whole. Then you need drywall tape, screws, and a screw gun plus the drywall plaster, drywall knives etc… This is an elegant solution.

Also, we like the way they show in the beginning that they are taking the extra step to protect the floor. Drywall dust footprints can and will follow you all over the house. Try to wipe them up with a sponge and you just created your very own ‘dust fun cloud streak’. Whether it’s a complete renovation or small repair; a clean job site is a happy job site.

Plus, they go into drop dead easy moves for textured finishes and if you live in Paris you sure see alot of those. Move over enduit wall texture specialist dude. Got it covered.

Lastly, the video is well produced. No fast cuts or over the top Heavy Metal sound track. The music and image flow is smooth and very Zen, the way a good carpenters mind set should always be!

Well done Lowe’s. Keep up the good work!