Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve been waiting on some warm temperatures. We haven’t put anything in the ground yet. We may fire up today and plant some on the west side of the county. We go about border to border in Paulding County with about 3,500 acres with my dad in a partnership. We have all corn, beans and wheat, with about 400 or 500 acres of wheat. We bale that straw.For corn we strip-till everything with an 8-row Brillion Zone Commander about 14 inches deep. We band fertilizer with that in the fall three to six inches down in the ground. It can sometimes be more of a challenge getting that done in the fall but last fall we got everything done in a really timely manner.A couple of weeks ago I was getting a little scared. We actually needed some rain on our ground to soften the top up. We got some rain and now it is drying out a lot more evenly and I feel a whole lot better about ground conditions than I did a week or two ago.We were also nervous about how the lack of freeze this winter would affect the wheat. I have now been across the wheat with two passes of nitrogen and one pass of chemical and we are very pleased with how that is turning out. As of right now it does look pretty nice. We didn’t see any burn with the 28%.My biggest concern right now is this cold rain that may be coming and whether or not we should have any seed out that will have to try and weather through it.
Plenty of owner-builders are happy to hang drywall. When it comes to taping and finishing, however, most feel less confident. Some just shrug their shoulders and announce, “I’m going to hire a contractor to do the drywall.”Spreading drywall mud is like frosting a cake. You need to have the right touch, and the right touch takes experience. The first time you frost a cake, you’re going to damage the surface of the cake and get cake crumbs mixed with the frosting. You need to take a deep breath, slow down, and adjust the pressure on your knife.The same can be said for taping drywall. The first time you tape, you probably won’t apply the drywall mud in a consistent manner. It will end up thick, or thin, or bumpy. The more you mess with it, the worse it looks.After a few days (or weeks) of practice, though, your skills improve. Eventually, muscle memory takes over, and the mud flows smoothly. Adopting the right perspective If you’re a builder or homeowner who does a little bit of this and a little bit of that, maybe you tape just one or two rooms of drywall every year or two. You’re not doing this work every day, but you are doing it often enough for your skills to gradually improve. Eventually, if you don’t get discouraged, the work gets easier. Perhaps you will even you look forward to drywall work.I’m not a drywall contractor. My drywall taping advice comes from the perspective or a jack-of-all-trades builder or an owner-builder — basically, from the perspective of an amateur.If you’re an amateur, you don’t need to develop the same skill level as a drywall… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members