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Jim Frane has the unusual distinction of being both a drywall contractor and a professional engineer. He produced this two-part video series on drywall contracting as an instructional resource for novices in the field. The tapes do cover the basics, but viewing the tapes is like watching someone give a classroom lecture. Each tape opens with a snappy musical theme, but after that, a rather stiff, expressionless Mr. Frane presents information as if he is reading from a teleprompter. His only variation is to turn right or left to face a different camera whenever he changes topics. The overall effect reminds me of the deadpan, just-the-facts-ma'am style of Dragnet's Sgt. Joe Friday. To be sure, there are how-to segments with