Thursday, September 3, 2009

Drywall started on third floor

Carpenters working for H. Carr & Sons began hanging drywall on the third floor of the building this week. Before starting the drywall, the area needed to pass electrical and plumbing inspections. After passing inspection, crews were given the go-ahead to close up the walls.

Drywall screws are used to attach the drywall to the metal stud frame. The carpenter screws one in every eight inches along the four edges of the board and every twelve inches through the center of the sheet.

After the boards are hung, tapers come in and tape along the joints, where two boards meet. They apply a compound to the area, put the tape down and scrape the area with a broad knife to ensure the tape is wet and embedded in the compound. A second and third coat of compound is applied and finally the taped areas are sanded down flush to the drywall. When this process is complete the walls are ready to be primed and painted.

The third floor of the Carpenters Center will include office space for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, and various Local Unions. The third floor will have
* 1 reception/waiting area
* 35 offices
* 6 conference rooms
* 14 storage/file rooms
* 4 copier rooms
* 1 men’s and 1 women’s restroom
* 2 break rooms

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