Linda Ferguson

I once had a customer who had a cathedral ceiling in her bedroom, with a large oval window in one of the gable-end walls. Long after the drywall was hung, taped, and painted, she complained that when the sun was setting, she could see a shadow along a butted end seam on the ceiling. (Of course, the seam was invisible any other time of the day or night.) Ever since, I’ve been very careful about where I put butt joints.

These days, many of the homes I hang drywall in are even trickier than that house, with open floor plans, high ceilings, and lots of windows. They also tend to feature special lighting effects — including downlights, spotlighting, and sconces — and glossy paint finishes rather than flat paints and textured surfaces or wallpaper. With all of this...

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