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I’ve been successfully hanging drywall for nearly three decades, but when work started slowing down a few years ago I decided to add home-performance contracting to my business. Getting trained and certified felt like a logical step, since drywall work directly involves the building envelope. I also do a lot of insulating (which is common for drywall contractors in my area).

Originally, I just wanted to increase the scope of services I could offer my clients, though I also thought that the added knowledge would give me an edge over my competitors when bidding drywall jobs. My hope was to derive about a quarter of my income from building-performance contracting to help cushion the blow if drywall work fell off again....

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