What Are Drywall Finishing Level Definitions??

October 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

The following finishing level definitions are based on ASTM C840, “Standard Specification for Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board” and are intended to provide an industry standard for drywall finishing.

Level 0 Used in temporary construction or wherever the final decoration has not been determined. Unfinished. No taping, finishing or corner beads are required. Also could be used where non-predecorated panels will be used in demountable-type partitions which are to be painted as a final finish.

Level 1 Frequently used in plenum areas above ceilings, in attics, in areas where the assembly would generally be concealed or in building service corridors and other areas not normally open to public view.  Some degree of sound and smoke control is provided; in some geographic areas, this level is referred to as “fire-taping,” although this level of finish does not typically meet fire-resistant assembly requirements.  Where a fire resistance rating is required for the gypsum board assembly, details of construction should be in accordance with reports of fire tests of assemblies that have met the requirements of the fire rating imposed.  All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint compound.  Accessories are optional at specifier discretion in corridors and other areas with pedestrian traffic. Tape and fastener heads need not be covered with joint compound. Surface shall be free of excess joint compound. Tool marks and ridges are acceptable.

Level 2 May be used with setting-type compound for areas where water-resistant gypsum backing board, specification ASTM C630, is used as a substrate for tile. It may also be specified for standard gypsum board surfaces in garages, warehouse storage or other similar areas where surface appearance is not of primary importance.  All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint compound and shall be immediately wiped with a joint knife or trowel, leaving a thin coating of joint compound over all joints and interior angles.  Fastener heads and accessories shall be covered with a coat of joint compound. Surface shall be free of excess joint compound. Tool marks and ridges are acceptable.

Level 3 Typically used in areas which are to receive heavy texture (spray or hand applied) finishes before final painting, or where commercial-grade (heavy duty) wallcoverings are to be applied as the final decoration.  This level of finish should not be used where smooth painted surfaces or where lighter weight wallcoverings are specified. The prepared surface shall be coated with a drywall primer prior to the application of final finishes.  All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint compound and shall be immediately wiped with a joint knife or trowel, leaving a thin coating of joint compound over all joints and interior angles.  One additional coat of joint compound shall be applied over all  joints and interior angles. Fastener heads and accessories shall be covered with two separate coats of joint compound. All joint compounds shall be smooth and free of tool marks and ridges. The prepared surface shall be covered with a drywall primer prior to the application of the final decoration.

Level 4 This level should be used where residential grade (light duty) wall coverings, flat paints or light textures are to be applied. The prepared surface shall be coated with a drywall primer prior to the application of final finishes. Release agents for wall coverings are specifically  formulated to minimize damage if coverings are subsequently removed. The weight, texture and sheen level of the wallcovering material selected should be taken into consideration when specifying wallcoverings over this level of drywall treatment. Joints and fasteners must be sufficiently concealed if the wallcovering material is lightweight, contains limited pattern, has a glossy finish or has any combination of these features. In critical lighting areas, flat paints applied over light textures tend to reduce joint photographing. Gloss, semigloss and enamel paints are not recommended over this level of finish.  All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint compound and shall be immediately wiped with a joint knife or trowel, leaving a thin coating of joint compound over all joints and interior angles.  In addition, two separate coats of joint compound shall be applied over all flat joints and one separate coat of joint compound applied over interior angles. Fastener heads and accessories shall be covered with three separate coats of joint compound. All joint compounds shall be smooth and free of tool marks and ridges. The prepared surface shall be covered with a drywall primer prior to the application of the final decoration.

Level 5 The highest quality finish is the most effective method to provide a uniform surface and minimize the possibility of joint photographing and of fasteners showing through the final decoration. This level of finish is required where gloss, semigloss or enamel are specified or when flat joints are specified over an untextured surface or where critical lighting conditions occur. The prepared surface shall be coated with a drywall primer prior to the application of final decoration.  All joints and interior angles shall have tape embedded in joint compound and immediately wiped with a joint knife or trowel, leaving a thin coating of joint compound over all joints and interior angles. Two separate coats of joint compound shall be applied over all flat joints and one separate coat of joint compound applied over interior angles.  Fastener heads and accessories shall be covered with three separate coats of joint compound. A thin skim coat of joint compound shall be trowel applied to the entire surface. Excess compound is immediately sheared off, leaving a film or skim coating of compound completely covering the paper. As an alternative to a skim coat, a material manufactured especially for this purpose may be applied. The surface must be smooth and free of tool marks and ridges. The prepared surface shall be covered with a drywall primer prior to the application of the final decoration.

We Support Our Community

October 14, 2015 in News

Central Maine Drywall, Inc. is a proud supporter of many local schools, churches, charities and community centers.  Recently we were presented with this banner from Kennebec Valley YMCA’s Children’s Program for being a supporter since 2008!

We’re Hiring!!

May 8, 2014 in News

We are currently seeking qualified drywall installers, framers and finishers for a multitude of projects from Bangor to Augusta, Maine.  We are also looking for team members who are interested in beginning a career in construction and who want to learn a very lucrative trade.  No experience is needed for these helper positions but there is plenty of advancement potential for the right people!

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and we offer a wide array of benefits such as health insurance, 401(k) and paid vacation (all after qualifying terms of employment).  Safety is our number one priority so our employees are trained in all of the current safe practices for the industry.

 

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out an on-line application.  Just click on the “contact us” tab and the application is at the bottom of the page.  Thanks and we look forward to welcoming you to the Central Maine Drywall family!

Busy Summer Forecast For Our Crews!

April 27, 2014 in News

Our estimator, Kaleb Violette, has been working hard this past winter and we are fortunate to have contracts for framing and drywall at several prestigious projects here in Central Maine.  Our crews will be working at the Maine Veterans Home New Administration Building  in Augusta, the New Office Building at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, also in Augusta, and an interior renovation of the old mill, The Hamilton Building, located on the Kennebec River in Waterville.

Our crews are currently hard at work on the new Classroom and Lab Building for Kennebec Valley Community College in Hinkley as well as wrapping up the Medical Office Building at St. Joseph Healthcare in Bangor.  Add to that the several residential and small commercial projects that we currently have under contract and you have plenty of work for our employees!

If you, or someone you know, has experience in framing, hanging or taping, we encourage them to apply through this website.  We also are in need of helpers who would have the potential for being trained in a trade with advancement potential.  Click on the tab “Contact Us” and scroll to the bottom half of the page for our on-line application.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

Administrative Professionals Day/Week

April 23, 2014 in News

We’d like to say a huge Thank You to all of the Administrative Professionals with whom we work.  Our project documentation would be so much harder without their expert help!  Be sure to pass this thank you on to the admins in your office!

Spring Means Time To Update Your Home’s Interior

March 20, 2014 in News

Has your home taken a beating this winter?  Time to renovate or remodel?  Need to repair some leak damage from this winter’s never-ending snow?  We can help with your home improvement projects – give us a call and we’ll be at your door to discuss your plans for new drywall, paint or texture.  We always provide free estimates – just call us at 207/622-5994 and someone will be glad to meet with you!

Saint Joseph’s Medical Office Building in Bangor, ME

November 14, 2013 in News

Central Maine Drywall has been awarded a contract with Consigli Construction to install the framing, drywall and acoustical ceilings in the new medical office building located at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor, Maine.  This project will keep our crews working until well into the spring.  Come back often to see updates on the drywall work at this project!

Central Maine Drywall Works!

July 18, 2012 in News

Central Maine Drywall is located on Route 202 in Manchester, ME. Where do we work? Primarily in central Maine cities such as Augusta, Lewiston, Auburn, Waterville, etc. but we also go as far as Bangor, Portland, Kittery, Freeport, Bath, Rockland and even Machias! No matter what your drywall needs, call us at (207) 622-5994 or send us a message from this website and we will get back to you ASAP!