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When it comes to drywall texturing applications, professional contractors need texturing machines and equipment they can rely on to meet the needs and demands of their work. In addition to needing texture spray rigs that can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their spraying applications, drywall contractors look for equipment that is durable and requires little maintenance to ensure extended power and performance. Texture spray rig maintenance takes a lot of time, and in a very demanding industry, professional contractors do not have the downtime to tend to their equipment on the job. 

At American Spray Technologies, we have changed the game when it comes to texture machines and drywall spray rigs. We produce the best spray rigs on the market and only equip them with the very best components and features to provide contractors with top-of-the-line spray equipment. We have set a standard that professional contractors rely on.

Maintenance Tips For Your AST Texture Machines

There are many advantages of choosing an AST spray rig over standard texture sprayers, but the fact that they require low-maintenance is one of the reasons why they are the preferred choice among many contractors. All of our texture spray machines are designed to give you years of low-maintenance and profitable texture spray results. However, like most heavier equipment, your spray rig will require light maintenance here and there to ensure a long life of quality performance. In this blog, we’ll share some regular maintenance tips to follow to ensure the best performance from your texture spray rig. 

Engine Maintenance - Gas Only

On our gas texture spraying equipment, we use Kohler Command engines. We choose these engines because they have set the benchmark for commercial power. Oil changes are recommended annually or after 100 hours of use to get the best performance. After every 500 hours of use, the spark plugs and the set gap should be replaced. 

Remember: Before working on the engine, disable the engine by: 1) Disconnect spark plug lead(s). 2) Disconnect negative (–) battery cable from the battery. 

Compressor Maintenance

The compressor is what pumps air through the hose of your spray rig. The air is mixed with the texturing material, atomizing it, allowing for a smooth application. Keeping the compressor maintained can save you both time and money down the road. Be sure to keep an eye on the pump’s oil level and air filter. For further instructions on compressor maintenance, refer to the manuals that come with your spray rig. 

Pump Maintenance

The pump on your spray rig is another essential component that, while very little, will require some maintenance to keep your entire spray rig performing the way it is supposed to. If you’re going to remember one thing about pump maintenance, remember the following: 1) never let the pump run dry and 2) water is not a sufficient lubricant for the pump. 

Water does not lubricate the pump enough to make it safe. If you need to run the pump without any texture material in it, soapy water is the best way to go. Without soap, water alone will not properly lubricate the pump.

Other Maintenance Tips 

Maintenance of Texture Quality - In order to maintain the quality of texture being mixed, make sure that you always clean out the tank after it has been drained, such as after a spray job. Doing this will prevent the material from drying and sticking to the inside of the tank and breaking off into the new batch of texture. 


Trailer Rig Maintenance - Just like any trailer you pull with your vehicle, trailer spray rig maintenance includes checking trailer lights, brakes, and tire pressure at regular intervals.


Stator Tube Maintenance - Your spray rigs stator tubes are an essential component of spray rigs. At AST, we put a lot of time and effort into testing our tubes to ensure our rubber compound is the ideal composition for spraying texture. Our tubes are long-lasting and require very little maintenance compared to other stator tubes.


Of course, if you want to get the full-scope of maintenance requirements for your texture spray rig, you should refer to the manuals that came with it. By following a regular maintenance routine, you can ensure that you get the best performance out of your spray rig for years to come. For further questions or assistance with spray rig maintenance, contact our experts today!


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Depending on the job requirements and specifications, different finishes and techniques may need to be applied when texturing drywall. To help contractors in the industry better understand the requirements of architects and building owners in order to enhance the satisfaction of the client, the consensus document ‘Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish’ was created by five major trade associations: The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries International (AWCI),the Drywall Finishing Council (DWFC), the Ceilings and Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA), the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA), and Gypsum Association (GA). The purpose of the document was to accurately describe the desired finish of walls and ceilings prior to final decoration. This also helped promote competitive job bidding that allows the bidder to consider the correct labor and materials to finish the wall suitably for its final decoration.

To refresh your memory, in this blog, we are going to briefly summarize the different levels of drywall finishing.

Level 0

No taping, finishing, or accessories are required for the job. This level of finish may be useful in temporary construction or whenever the final decoration has been yet to be determined.

Level 1

This level of finishing only requires a single coat with taping set in joint compound on all joints and interior angles. This level is typically specified for jobs in smoke barrier applications, plenum areas above ceilings, in attics, in building service corridors and other areas where the assembly would generally be concealed or in, and other areas not normally open to public view. Although it is not much, there is some degree of sound and smoke control is provided.

Level 2

This level involves a double coating of joint compound over all joints, interior angles, fastener heads, and accessories. This finishing level is commonly used for non-finished areas and areas where gypsum panel products are used as a substrate for tile. Examples of application locations include warehouse storage, garages, and other similar areas where surface appearance is not a concern.

Level 3

This finish requires that all joints and interior angles have tape embedded in joint compound with one thin coat applied over them, plus two coats of joint compound on fastener heads and accessories. This results in a smooth, ridge- and mark-free surface that is ideal for residential interiors and similar areas which are to receive medium to heavy texture (spray or hand applied) finishes before the application of paint, or where heavy-grade wall coverings are to be applied as the final decoration. Keep in mind, this finish is not recommended where smooth painted surfaces or light to medium wall coverings are listed as job specifications.

Level 4

Drywall contractors applying this level will have tape embedded in joint compound with two separate coats of joint compound covering all flat joints and one separate coat of joint compound applied over the interior angles. Three coats of joint compound should be applied to fastener heads and other accessories. This level is most common in applications where flat paints, light textures, or wall coverings are to be applied. There are some paints that are not recommended for this finish, including gloss, semi-gloss, and enamel paints.

Level 5

This level requires that all joints and interior angles have tape embedded in joint compound, with and two separate coats of joint compound over all of the flat joints, and one separate coat of joint compound applied over the interior angles. Like level four, all fastener heads and accessories should be covered with three separate coats of joint compound. Also, a thin coat of joint compound needs to be applied to the entire surface. This level is typically recommended where gloss, semi-gloss, enamel, or non-textured flat paints are specified or where severe lighting conditions occur. Out of all the finishes, this is of the highest quality and is the most effective for applying a uniform surface and minimize the possibility of joint photographing and of fasteners showing through the final decoration.

There you have it, the different levels of drywall finishes. These are important to keep in mind, especially for jobs that have certain specifications. While these textures can be applied by hand, it is definitely easier and more efficient to use a texture sprayer.

At American Spray Technologies, our family our texture spray rigs are ideal for drywall contractors that need durability and dependability. All of our texture spray rigs, including the notorious portable texture spray machine, the Kodiak M2, can handle a wide range of tip sizes, longer hose lengths, and heavier coatings with ease. AST drywall texture rigs will reduce your job time and make spraying a breeze with powerful, reliable performance time after time.

If you are interested in figuring out what the best texture spray rig is for your applications, check out our helpful guide. To request a quote for a texture spray rig, contact us!

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Texturing walls and ceilings is extremely popular due to its decorative applications and patterns it creates, and is used throughout the world in residential and commercial applications. However, in order to provide a decorative and elegant look, the drywall must be properly finished.

There are some common problems that contractors face when texture spraying drywall material.

In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the most common problems that are likely to occur when drywall texturing.

Lumping of the Mixture

When your drywall mix begins to lump, it is not a good sign. This usually happens when the initial mixture contains too much water. To avoid lumps in your mixture, start by adding small amounts of water at a time until you can no longer see lumps in the drywall texture. Be sure you are using the proper mixing tools or equipment to mix the material thoroughly. Remember, you can always add more water to thin out the material — it is better to add water than to add mix that you will need to get rid of later.

Mixture is too Thin

If you are dealing with a mixture that is too thin, the problem may be caused by the temperature of the water you are using. Cold water can cause the texture mix to thin out. If you need to use cold water, allow around two hours for the material to soak before mixing it up. It isn’t recommended to use texture materials in temperatures under 55 degrees.

Texture Spraying Problems

If you are applying the material using a drywall texture machine, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on air pressure. Holding the gun too close to the surface being sprayed by the drywall texture will cause the material to bounce or fallout of aggregate. Having the wrong pressure or handling the texture sprayer incorrectly will risk texture not adhering to the surface of the wall.

To reduce the amount of issues with your texture spraying applications, be sure to invest in a quality drywall texture machine, such as the Kodiak M2 Drywall Texture Sprayer.

Showing Surface

Another common problem is the surface of the drywall showing through after spraying the mixture. This is generally caused by not having a sufficient amount of water in the spray mix. This problem can also occur when the material and area of application was not estimated properly, which results in attempting to cover more than the recommended coverage area. This problem can be avoided by using the right spray pressure and by applying the joint in a systematic way.

Texture Buildup

A build up of texturing material can occur over a drywall joint when the surface has not been primed properly. Do not allow too much time between roller or brush and texture applications. Over-diluting the texturing material will create a build up over the drywall joints. Use the correct amount of water when mixing texture material and allow enough time between application and final texturing.


These common texturing issues can be avoided by using the right drywall spray rig and materials, and applying it thoroughly. To learn more about drywall texture application, visit American Spray Technologies today and take a look at our quality spray rigs.

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Applied textures and materials are essential for any drywall contracting business. Residential and commercial texture applications can be enhanced with the right drywall spray rig. Knowing which texture machines to use to apply certain materials is an important consideration that should not be overlooked. A texture spray machine is an essential piece of drywall equipment that maintains the proper temperature of the necessary materials and pumps them through a hose to the applicator.

For many drywall contractors and companies, drywall texture machines serve as the foundation of their operation. Thanks to continuing advancements in spray technologies in equipment over the years, texture spray machines produce consistent, reliable results for contractors each time they use them. There are a variety of texture machines for sale that could benefit your contracting business, and in this blog, we will compare some of the most popular drywall texture spray machines.

I Need To Purchase A Drywall Texture Machine: What Are My Options?

Texture spray rigs are sophisticated pieces of drywall finishing tools. Spray rigs require some knowledge and training to operate and maintain. Before purchasing a texture spray rig it is vital to have a good understanding of the major components that impact every aspect of the drywall application process, from the maximum hose length to machine capacity.

When comparing texture spray machines, it is important to consider the different available styles:

Air Texture Sprayer

Air spray rigs feature two separate material pumps that are driven by one air motor at the same time. They are capable of spraying any two-component material system. Some of the benefits of these spray rigs are that they have lower electrical requirements, which allow for the use of a smaller power source.

Electric Texture Sprayer

An electric drywall texture sprayer will generally include two, independent material pumps and are most commonly used in residential and commercial applications. Because these texture sprayers have electric pump motors, they typically require more power than other types of texture spray rigs.

Hydraulic Texture Sprayer

Hydraulic controlled texture sprayers include independent, horizontal hydraulic pumps that are electrically powered. These texture spray machines deliver consistent spray pressure and require very little maintenance. With hydraulic texture spray rigs, the heaters and control panel are electric and require less power than comparably sized completely electric spray rigs. Not to mention, they offer the benefit of infinite control of mixing speed and pump speed right at your fingertips.

Other Essential Factors To Consider

  • Output. A vital consideration when researching texture spray rigs, output refers to the amount of texture material a spray rig can deliver in a particular period. Machine output significantly affects the efficiency of your operation and also determines how fast you can complete texture application jobs. Typically, the higher the texture machine’s output capabilities, the more expensive the machine will be. Higher output pumps are essential to achieve a higher output. Many of the newer, hydraulic models available on the market today are specifically designed for high-output performance.

  • Pressure Rating. A texture spray machine pressure rating provides you with the level of pressure the equipment will generate during the process of mixing the texture materials. Be sure the spray rig you select has output and pressure settings that align with those of your spray texture gun and the components you are spraying.

  • Texture Machine Type. There are a variety of texture spray machine types to fit your applications. If you want a machine that's easy to move around job sites without hassle, a portable texture sprayer is a good option. However, for larger jobs, a spray rig trailer may be the best option.

  • Electrical System. Hydraulic control spray equipment often includes many individual elements that require power. A texture spray machine must have its electrical system supplied with sufficient power from either a definite energy source or a mobile source, such as a generator, to accommodate the electric loads to the components.

The Bottom Line

Choosing texture spray equipment can be a daunting task, especially if you may lack the professional and technical knowledge need to purchase the correct pieces. Texture spray machines have many available options including the type of pump, the pump size, the capacity, the control unit, and so much more. For that reason, it is essential that drywall contractors become educated and prepared when it comes to investing in a texture spray rig that best fits their needs.

At American Spray Technologies, we believe that whether you are purchasing a new or used drywall texture machine, you should have all the information you need to make an informed buying decision. We offer a wide selection of texture spray machines in various types and sizes. Whether you are searching for electric spray rigs, trailer mounted spray rigs, skid mounted spray rigs, or portable texture sprayers, we have what you need. AST manufactured rigs are strictly hydraulic controlled spray rigs, which provide infinite control of mixing speed and pump speed at your fingertips. This makes mixing a snap and adjusting your spray pattern easy. There are no transmissions or clutches to hassle with.

Be sure to check out Guide For Choosing The Right Texture Spray Rig and contact our team of experts for help selecting the right texture spray rig that best fits your needs.

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Texturing walls and ceilings has increased in popularity in both residential and commercial settings due to the decorative applications and patterns the material creates. Before beginning your texturing jobs, there are many factors that must be considered in order to achieve the desired texture and finish. Some of these essential considerations include the texture spray equipment used, nozzle selection, airflow setting, material flow setting and the actual material that is being applied.

 

One of the most crucial steps in texture spraying is mixing the material properly and paying close attention to its consistency throughout the duration of the job. In today’s blog, we will review some of the different types of texture material, pattern sizes, and helpful guidelines to keep in mind for mixing and equipment. Before you know it, you’ll be spraying texture like a professional in no time.

 

Common Types of Drywall Spray Material

Typically, drywall texture material can be purchased in a pre-mixture or powder form. No matter which type of material you are using, you must mix the material and thin it until the proper consistency is attained. This is a vital step to achieve the best finish in your spraying applications. Let’s expand upon the characteristics of the two types of texture compound.

 

Pre-Mixed Drywall Material

This drywall mud starts with a thick, paste-like consistency. Commonly found in a bucket or box that has everything needed. Keep in mind, most pre-mixed drywall material needs to be thinned to meet pattern criteria. This drywall material offers convenience and will require less mixing and less water to reach the desired consistency, but on the flip side, normally incurs a higher cost per coverage as compared to powder.

 

Powder Drywall Material

Powder drywall material is most commonly used for wall and ceiling texture application. This material will need to be thinned according to the manufacturer’s instructions as well as the contractor's preference for the desired pattern being sprayed. Powder or bagged material is used most commonly because of its lower cost compared to pre-mixed. An American Spray Technologies spray rig can mix this material up rather quickly.

 

Remember, generally, the thinner the drywall mud that you use, the more output and finer finish you will get. On the other hand, thicker drywall mud creates less output and a coarser finish.

 

Tips For Successful Drywall Spraying

Follow the tips listed below to help guarantee your success with drywall texture spraying jobs!

 

Use The Proper Mixing Tools

This one is simple for big rig owners as AST rigs have integrated mixing systems. If you are spraying with a portable unit such as the Kodiak M2, you will have to choose the right mixing tools in order to achieve the proper consistency. Using standard drills to mix the heavy drywall muds can risk damage to your equipment. When mechanically mixing material, it is best to use a heavy duty drill or a mixer designed exclusively for texture and drywall material that provides enough power to get the job done right.

 

Test Material Consistency

Mixing texture material to the right consistency is essential for a successful overall finish. An easy way to test the consistency of your material is by using your finger. After mixing, simply run your index finger through the material to determine its consistency. When the material does not fold back on itself and a line where your finger was is visible, this is an indicator that the material is too thick. Ideally, the material should fold back on itself, indicating you have a light to medium mixture.

 

Mix Material Frequently

As drywall material sits, it will begin to thicken. When material thickens it can slow down production and impact the consistency of your finish. Mixing the material frequently will help you maintain the proper consistency and aerates to keep the material fresh as you finish the job.

 

When applying drywall material, in addition to properly mixing and achieving the right consistency, using the right texture spray equipment is essential to the success of the job. That’s why many drywall contractors prefer using drywall spray rigs from American Spray Technologies. Our texture spray machines are designed to last and provide years of profitable use. We make only hydraulic controlled texture spray rigs, which provide infinite control of mixing speed and pump speed at your fingertips. This makes mixing a snap and adjusting your spray pattern a breeze! If you are interested in learning more about AST drywall spray rigs, contact our experts today!

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When building a home or remodeling, people often focus on what type of countertops and cabinets they want in their kitchen, the number and size of windows, or the square footage in the new space. With so much focus directed to the major aesthetics and space, people typically put little thought into one of the most integral parts of their space — the interior walls. However, these walls act as sound barriers and provide privacy and separation inside a home. Additionally, interior walls act as insulators and sometimes provide additional fire protection.

 

The Difference Between Drywall and Plaster

When it comes to the walls inside a home, two of the most common types of wall materials are drywall and plaster. The use of plaster dates back to the ancient Egyptian times, as it was often used for tombs. As technology advanced with time, drywall became more durable and available for use. Drywall has a evolved through its history. By the 1950s, drywall spiked in popularity as a material optimal for interior walls, and today the product covers a large majority of the walls inside most modern homes. Let’s take a deeper look at the two types of material.

 

Plaster

The most common form of plaster for interior walls is known as gypsum plaster. One of the main benefits of this material is its durability — which is why many ancient Egyptian tombs made of plaster are still standing today. There isn’t much that can bring plaster down. Plus, it produces a high-end finish that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to paint. On the down side, plaster walls require a lot of time for installation. Plaster walls are generally created through a three coat process and often require a certain amount of skill and experience for proper application.

 

Drywall

Drywall has become an easy commodity and an efficient way to build a home. Manufactured in factories, drywall sheets are very thin, strong boards made out of gypsum sheets. Installing drywall is a fairly quick process compared to that of plastering. The boards are cut to fit the shape of the walls. These boards are then nailed to the wood framing of a home. Then, the installer will use a joint compound to fill in cracks between separate boards of drywall and to essentially glue the board to the floor and ceiling. Drywall can last decades if it is not damaged through the years. While it’s a great product, if enough force is applied it can easily crack or get holes in the surface. However, it is quick and simple to repair most of the time.

 

As you can see, both drywall and plaster have their own unique set of advantages. We hope this clears up any misunderstandings or curiosities as to what differences there are between drywall and plaster for interior walls.

 

If you’re in the market for a drywall spray rig, check out the wide variety of options we have here at American Spray Technologies. You can customize your spray rig to fit all of your needs so you can get the job done.

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You might not think that drywall has a variety of available textures and styles, but it certainly does. Generally, drywall texture styles can be grouped into two categories. Their method of application for each type or style determines what group they are in — some textures are applied manually with basic hand tools, often referred to as hand applied drywall textures. The other category is referred to as sprayer applied drywall textures, which require a texture machine.

At American Spray Technologies, we specialize in drywall texture spraying equipment. In this post, we are going to take a closer look at each category and some of the most popular styles and textures in each.

 

Drywall Textures Applied By Hand

Drywall textures that are applied by hand can be as unique as the applicator is creative. A pan and knife are the most common tools used to apply hand textures. Some textures are applied with special brushes to swirl or stomp patterns in the material. Paint rollers or paint sprayers are even used sometimes. With this technique, knives, brushes, or rollers are then used to create unique patterns and styles

 

The textures applied by hand can vary depending on the technique used and skill level. Even when using similar techniques, different applicators will likely produce different texture styles.

 

Common Types of Hand Applied Drywall Textures

  • Smooth wall
  • Rosebud stomp
  • Swirl
  • Hawk and Trowel

 

Drywall Textures Applied By A Drywall Spray Rig

Drywall spray texturing on walls or ceilings certainly adds class to an ordinary room. While not all appreciate this textured effect, there is more to it than aesthetics. Soundproofing, as well as hiding painting and drywall installation mistakes, are among some of the benefits associated with this application method. There are a variety of drywall spray rigs available on the market. They typically have a tank or hopper for the drywall mud, a compressor for delivering air to atomize the material, a hose, and a gun to spray the material. Larger spray rigs are fitted with gas or diesel powered motors that run the material pump and the air compressor for powerful and efficient application. Smaller drywall texture pumps may be air driven diaphragm pumps or rotor/stator pumps driven by an electric motor. 

Drywall mud is pumped through the hose to the gun. The gun is fitted with switches and valves that turn the pump on and off and control air volume. Using drywall mud and compressed air, the gun sprays the material onto the drywall surface to create a texture. The type of texture depends on the type of material used, the size of the nozzle on the texture gun, and the amount of compressed air that is mixed with the drywall mud.

 

Common Types of Sprayer Applied Drywall Textures

 

  • Popcorn
  • Knockdown
  • Orange peel

As you can see, the application methods have their differences. When it comes to matching drywall textures, it is often difficult to do. Check out some tips for matching drywall texture.

 

If you are wanting to apply drywall textures with a spray texture machine, American Spray Technologies is the place to go to. Whether you need a trailer or skid mounted rigs, a Kodiak portable sprayer, or spray rig parts we have what you need. Create your custom spray rig today!

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When installing drywall, there are some issues that can crop up, regardless of your experience level. Today, we’re going to look at four common drywall problems, as well as how to solve them. At American Spray Technologies, we specialize in drywall spray rigs that can be customized to fit your exact needs. Give us a call to get started building your rig today!



Oversanding

Problem:

Sometimes a drywaller can get overzealous, sanding the mud compound and joints too much. When this happens, you can sand into the drywall paper or fiberglass tape that covers the seams. This can even extend to the surface of the surrounding drywall, compromising the integrity of the whole installation.

 

Solution:

An easy way to check your progress while sanding is to place a light at a low angle, pointing up to the wall. This will make it easier to see uneven surfaces like rises or bumps, acting as a guide for where to sand and where to stop.

 


Screw Pops

Problem:

When screws or nails are driven into the drywall too deep, they break the surface of the drywall paper. This heavily decreases the holding power of the screw or nail.

 

Solution:

To avoid this, drive the screw exactly to the surface of the paper cover. After that, give it a quarter or half-turn to push it just slightly below the surface of the paper. There are special drill attachments available to allow you to set the depth of the screw. With a screwgun, there is a clutch that lets you determine the depth of the drive. If you have already pierced the paper, don’t worry about removing it. Instead, put another screw near the one that popped to replace it. You can find more info about screw pops in a recent blog we posted.

 


Electrical Boxes

Problem:

Though it comes easier to drywallers with more experience, it can still be difficult to cut a hole in the drywall to line up with an electrical box that has been nailed onto a stud.

 

Solution:

One option, though not the best, is to cover the electrical box with lipstick or some other marker, then imprint it on the drywall to show where to cut. Another option is to mark the spot with painter’s tape, install the drywall, then cut the hole. A third option exists, but it requires a tool called a Blind Mark, which allows you to make an outline for the cut with magnetic pieces, often resulting in perfect holes.

 


Tight Drywall Joints

Problem:

If the joints connecting two sheets of drywall are too close together, you risk breaking the drywall. It’s also important to leave room for the natural expansion and contraction of the frame. If the joints are too tight, seasonal expansion can cause drywall to crack.

 

Solution:

Although it’s not something that can be fixed retroactively, you can avoid it with a little bit of pre-planning. Use a guide to ensure there is a ⅛” space between drywall sheets. You can use the blade of a drywall square as a guide, but thin strips of wood can also work.

 

Drywall can be tricky to install and even trickier to master. When you know how to overcome the common problems, you’ll be a drywall guru in no time. If you need a new drywall spray rig to get the job done, call American Spray Technologies today!



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Construction sites can be an incredibly dangerous place to be. However, for contractors it’s not an option for them to steer clear of them — it’s basically their office! We recently took at look at drywall safety, but today we’re going to expand our scope and talk about some ways that you can make your jobsite safer for everyone around. We all have work to get done, so there’s no reason to needlessly endanger ourselves as we do it. With some safety ground rules in place, everyone can go home at the end of the day without issue. If you’re a professional contractor looking for the equipment to get the job done, check out American Spray Technologies’ line of drywall spray rigs.

 

Entering and Exiting Equipment

One of the most common causes of injury on a construction site, surprisingly enough, happens when equipment operators are entering or exiting their equipment. Luckily there are ways you can lower the risk of workers getting hurt, such as: Checking boots and gloves for mud or other slippery substances and wiping them off. Using a hand or foot hold before pulling yourself up. Using a step ladder if necessary to facilitate the safe entrance and exit of the equipment. Asking someone for help up. There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you need help to be safe. Don’t try jumping onto or off of equipment. Take your time getting on or off equipment.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

Just like athletes have equipment designed to keep them safe when they play, construction workers have their personal protective equipment. In order to stay safe while on the jobsite, you need to dress for the job. If you’re going to be lifting heavy objects, it’s important to protect your back with a back brace. Any time you’re using dangerous tools, gloves and safety glasses are a must. When working on scaffolding or ladders, a safety harness can help you avert disaster. When working in slippery conditions, non-skid, rubber footwear is vital to keeping you on your feet. Since you want to be sure-footed when lifting heavy objects, these types of boots are quite helpful in those situations as well. Construction work has you on your feet for hours at a time, so it’s important that you find the most comfortable composite-toe shoes for work. You will also want to wear a breathing mask if you’re working in an environment with a lot of dust, debris, or dangerous toxins. For the safety of the whole jobsite, first aid kits and fire extinguishers should be close at hand and easy to access.

 

Safe Loading and Unloading Equipment

Whenever you’re dealing with heavy machinery, there is the danger that equipment could roll over while you’re loading or unloading it. This makes it important for you to ensure the ramps you’re using are straight and clear of obstructions. Workers need to keep a safe distance between themselves and the equipment in the event of an emergency. When loading or unloading equipment, someone should act as a spotter to ensure it is guided properly and clear of the ramp before turning. The trailer deck and workers should have plenty of clearance prior to loading the equipment. Once it is loaded, proper tie-down procedures must be implemented.

 

Climbing Hazards

Workers that are climbing ladders or stairs regularly for a project should take special precautions to stay safe. Ladders and stairs should be inspected anytime they’re going to be used, with special attention paid to find any damaged, loose, worn, weak, or broken spots. If, at any point, this damage is found, those areas should be avoided and the foreman needs to be notified. Ladders and stairs should be kept clean, dry, and free of clutter. When working in rainy or wet conditions, metal ladders should not be used. When it’s an option, aerial lifts and elevated platforms are safer than balancing on a ladder.

 

Crowded Areas

Few things can get as frustrating as a crowded work area, and this is especially true when it comes to heavy machinery. While people might enjoy watching large equipment at work, it’s an unnecessary risk to take. At any point large machinery is in use, people on the ground should keep a safe distance away. The foreman needs to enforce this policy and review it regularly at safety meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page.

 

A safe jobsite allows us to get our work done effectively and without issue. Keep these safety tips in mind so you can steer clear of accidents. When you need a drywall spray rig for your next job, call American Spray Technologies. Whether it’s skid-mounted or portable, we have custom options perfect for what you need. Call today at 877-833-4342!



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One of the easiest mistakes contractors and do-it-yourselfers can run into when working on a project is sticking to the same joint compound no matter what the job is. However, depending on the project you’re working on, your joint compound of choice might not be the best one for the job. Today, we’re going to take a look at the different types of joint compounds and which jobs they are best used for. 

 

Pre-Mixed Compounds

Pre-mixed compounds are typically air-drying, which allows you enough time to work the compound while taking longer for it to finish drying. This makes them ideal for projects that focus on a whole room, or for jobs that require more time to finish getting all the pieces into place. While it may require you to dilute it slightly with some water, pre-mixed compounds can be stored in a plastic bucket for extended periods of time without decreasing the quality of the compound. Some contractors will cover the container of a partially-used compound with some plastic to retain the moisture levels they’re looking for.

 

All-Purpose

As you can tell by the name, all-purpose joint compound can be used for just about every part of the finishing process. However, while it can get the job done, that doesn’t mean that it is actually the best compound for every job. This is a good option as a texturing compound, as it has an extended dry time which allows you to manipulate and adjust it to your liking.

 

Lightweight

Lightweight compounds aren’t as dense or heavy as other finishing compounds. This makes it a good choice for a finishing coat thanks to how easy it is to sand down. That being said, some drywall contractors will forgo lightweight compounds, as they believe it doesn’t contain as many adhesive agents within it.

 

Taping

Pre-mixed taping compounds are developed specifically for the taping portion of the finishing steps. A problem found with all-purpose compounds is cracking when undergoing the taping process. Taping compound ensures the tape stays in place and shapes well with a knife with minimal cracking issues.

 

Topping

A thinner mix than other compounds, topping contains fewer adhesives within its mix, which makes it a bad choice for taping. It is very white, easy to sand, and has a very fine texture. The thin consistency makes it a great option for adding texture to a wall.

 

Ready-to-Mix Compounds

Powdered compounds that are ready-to-mix often set faster, harder, and are quite tough to sand. Because they set so quickly, these compounds are ideal for repairs, fast-track jobs, and professionals that move efficiently on a job site. As these compounds set, they release heat, leading to them being commonly referred to as “hot set”. Prior to mixing, it’s incredibly important for the compound to be kept dry and sealed in plastic. Any water or excess humidity can cause the chemical reaction that sets the compound to begin, which will ruin the entirety of the contents.

 

Hot or Quick-Set

Considered the professional’s standard for joint compounds, hot set is the original ready-to-mix compound. Setting quickly and remaining harder than other compound options, this compound is sturdier on a job site and is exceptionally resistant to scrapes. Sets even faster than normal in warm or dry conditions and it is the most difficult compound to sand.

 

Easy-Sand

While it shares many similarities to hot set compound, easy-sand is a good option if you’re not sure if you’ll be able to get back to a joint to finish sanding it fast enough. Consider this a good insurance option if you don’t know if your sanders will be able to keep pace with the rest of your crew.

 

Choosing the right joint compound depends on a variety of factors, including the type of job, conditions of the area, skill level, and desired effect. Take all of these factors into consideration to ensure you choose the right joint compound for whatever job you’re taking on.



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