Bertram Notches Another WEF 6 Win in $137,000 Grand Prix

first_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Opening the final day of week six at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), it was Bertram Allen (IRL) and Castlefield Vegas, owned by Martin Egan, taking the top spot in the 137,000 IDA Development Grand Prix CSI3* held on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, on Sunday, February 21.WEF 7 brings CSI5* competition, along with a concurrent CSI2*, back to the International Arena at PBIEC on February 24-28 sponsored by Lugano Diamonds with weekly highlights including: the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI5* on Wednesday, Thursday’s $73,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 7, the $37,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.45m Classic CSI5* and $37,000 Griffis Residential 1.45m Qualifier CSI2* on Friday, the $401,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix CSI5* as part of “Saturday Night Lights,” and the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5* and $50,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday.Hunters will be featured on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, February 26, in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, with the professional section presented by Restylane and a junior/amateur section. Spectators can watch feature classes live and on demand for free using the livestream.In the first round of Sunday’s grand prix, the final line on course featured a triple combination [vertical, oxer, vertical] followed by five strides down to the IDA Developments oxer, the final jump on course. This combination of jumps proved to be one of the most difficult sections of the track designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX). A starting field of 45 combinations challenged the course, with 18 qualifying to return for the jump-off.Fresh off their victory in the Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup on Friday, Allen and the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Cassino x Lux Z did it again, putting forth a blistering double-clear effort to stop the clock in 37.10 seconds.“I knew I just had to give it everything I had,” said the 26-year-old rider. “I didn’t watch Nayel’s round, but I was talking to a few people and they said it was very fast and my guy is naturally fast, so my plan was to just be as fast as I could be without doing anything crazy. It all came up great. Friday was the biggest class he’s [Castlefield Vegas] jumped so far, and he won that, so I was delighted. Today I was interested to see how he would go along with that. He jumped great, and I had a good feeling.”Less than three-tenths of a second off the leader, Egypt’s Nayel Nassar rode Igor Van De Wittemoere owned by Evergate Stables, LLC, to a second-place finish. Nassar and the 13-year-old gelding by Cooper VD Heffinck x Orlando 96, also posted a double-clear round in 37.39 seconds. The pair has been together for about a year now so their success on Sunday comes as a very exciting step in the right direction.“It has been a bit of a process trying to get him going the way I would like him to,” said the 30-year-old rider. “He has a ton of energy and so much blood, and sometimes he tends to rush the jumps a bit. We’ve been messing around with bridles and doing a lot of flatwork just to try to get him to switch a few gears, and I was so pleased with him today. He jumped the first round spectacularly and came back to jump the jump-off even better. I thought we had it won, but this guy [Bertram] is pretty darn fast. We are so happy with the result and just very pleased with how he’s coming along.”Rounding out the top three it was Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Skara Glen’s Chancelloress, owned by Skara Glen Stables, leaving all the jumps in their cups in a time of 38.35 seconds. O’Shea and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Chacco Blue x Balou du Rouet had a successful week overall, after also finishing third in Friday’s qualifier. Top Canadian in the class was Jacqueline Steffens riding Freaky Liefhebber, who placed 7th.“I thought it was a great course,” said O’Shea, who is ranked 40th in the world. “I was very happy with my mare. She was good the other day too, so I think we went as quick as we could. I’m very happy with her, and at least another Irishman won! Bertram’s horse is co-owned by a very good friend of mine, so it’s great to see them going so well.”Allen, who sits 46th in the world rankings, echoed the praise of other international competitors of the quality of the turf, after racking up three wins to date with Castlefield Vegas on the grass Derby Field during the 2021 WEF.“Everyone is delighted to be able to jump on the grass,” he said with a smile. “There is so much space and everyone loves jumping out here, so it’s nice.”Final Results: $137,000 IDA Development Grand Prix CSI3*1. CASTLEFIELD VEGAS: 2010 ISH gelding by Cassino x Lux ZBERTRAM ALLEN (IRL), Martin Egan: 0/0/37.102. IGOR VAN DE WITTEMOERE: 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Cooper VD Heffinck x Orlando 96NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Evergate Stables, LLC: 0/0/37.393. SKARA GLEN’S CHANCELLORESS: 2009 KWPN mare by Chacco Blue x Balou du RouetPAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Skara Glen Stables: 0/0/38.354. LEGACY: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Chippendale Z x Bon AmiDANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel Grange: 0/0/38.455. URHELIA LUTTERBACH: 2008 Selle Français mare by Helios De La Cour Ii x EmilionDARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Kerry McCahill: 0/0/38.706. CHIC HIN D HYRENCOURT: 2008 SBS gelding by Taran de la Pomme x ElanvilleBEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/40.337. FREAKY LIEFHEBBER: 2010 Dutch Warmblood by Darco x Litho xJACQUELINE STEFFENS (CAN) Jacqueline Steffens: 0/0/40.728. QU ALFONS SANTO ANTONIO: 2007 ESH gelding by Aromats x False PassYURI MANSUR (BRA), Yuri Mansur: 0/0/41.519. SKYHORSE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Calvaro x Quidam de RevelLILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/0/42.7010. H5 JUST THE MUSIC: 2009 BWP gelding by Tornedo FCS x Quidam de RevelCARLOS HANK GUERREIRO (MEX), H5 Stables: 0/0/43.06 More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. 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Lakers notebook: Rookie Brandon Ingram adding weight in safe way

first_imgDespite eventually winning the matchup, Randle admitted that Ingram “competes.”“He was holding his own out there,” Walton said of Ingram. “I’m not nearly as concerned about his weight. I’m more focused on how he’s developing and how he’s growing into the NBA game. He’s a lot stronger than he appears.”The Lakers also have become impressed with Ingram’s defensive versatility, consistent outside shot and positive attitude.“With the way I’m playing, you wouldn’t worry how strong I am. I’m playing lower and playing stronger. I’m trying to use my body a lot more,” Ingram said. “I’ve grown up playing against bigger guys all my life. So it’s nothing different. Seeing bigger guys doesn’t scare me at all. It just makes me want to battle.”Ingram also wanted to express his support from one top draft prospect to another.“I hate it for him. That’s an injury you never want to have, a foot injury,” Ingram said of Simmons. “I just send prayers out to him. He’s a great guy and great basketball player. I hope he has a speedy recovery.”Home on the (mid)rangeThe physically grueling practice made Randle pause for a few seconds to gather his thoughts. It did not just involve the usual issues of an exhausting training camp.He absorbed a hit to his mouth for two consecutive days without being rewarded with a foul call. On Friday, blood poured out of his mouth though he did not need stitches. On Saturday, at least no blood was drawn. Randle also no longer plays with tape on his ring and middle finger in his right hand after having stitches removed 11 days ago. But Randle has since jammed his right thumb.That seems fine, though. None of that stopped Randle from imposing his power. But something more uncertain has emerged: how much will Randle actually rely on his developed jumper in games?“It’s good, but he hasn’t gotten a ton of reps on it” in practice, Walton said. “Right now, we don’t want our bigs rolling on everything just to get them doing it. But it looks good before and after practice.”Walton hesitated to evaluate Randle’s emergence in practice with his mid-range game because of those limited opportunities to take such shots. But Randle predicted that the repetitive offseason regimen with an unnamed shooting coach “breeds confidence” into fully translating in his game.“As much as I can,” Randle said. “Just trying to feel everything out.”Some of it could also depend on his role. Randle and Larry Nance Jr. will compete for minutes at power forward. But Walton has kept the possibility open that the two will play together, including Randle at the center position.More clarity has emerged, however, on how Randle will fit in Walton’s offense catered on ball movement, floor spacing and fast pacing. Randle has quickly driven to the basket anytime he has grabbed a rebound or made a stop.“That’s how I’m going to play,” Randle said. “I’ll lock down on defensive end, rebound and get up the court. I’ll make a play for my teammates and myself and wear teams down on the defensive end. Then I’ll wear them down even more on the other end.” SANTA BARBARA >> The injury sent a painful jolt to Philadelphia rookie forward Ben Simmons as he nursed a broken right foot. The Sixers also absorbed a psychological blow as they lost their No. 1 pick for an indefinite amount of time.As much as Lakers rookie forward and No. 2 draft pick Brandon Ingram expressed condolences and support, the incident also partly explained why he and the Lakers have ensured he gains weight gradually. With Simmons reportedly adding 33 pounds since leaving LSU, the former personal trainer of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant explained why such abrupt increases may have contributed to Simmons injury. As Tim Grover tweeted, “Athletes can’t add that much weight that quickly (without) impacting movement.”“I know it’s going to be a process,” Ingram said after practice on Saturday at Robertson Gymnasium. “I’m not trying to add weight too fast. I know it’s going to come over the years as my body matures.” Lakers coach Luke Walton has minimized wait times between drills “so the bodies don’t cool off.” The Lakers’ training staff has also emphasized proper stretching and recovery. Nonetheless, Walton admitted “injuries are a part of sports; they’re going to happen.”Yet, how Ingram handles his weight gain could make a difference.Ingram, who is listed at 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, reported he actually weighs between 195-200 pounds after adding that weight in muscle following Summer League. He has stopped consuming a high amount of calories just for the sake of adding weight. Instead, Ingram said he will enter the 2016-17 season determined to maintain the current weight he has.The Lakers are openly concerned how much Ingram can successfully navigate the NBA’s 82-game schedule. That mostly explains why Walton plans to bring Ingram off the bench. Yet, the Lakers became impressed with how Ingram matched up with bruising power forward Julius Randle in practice on Friday and Saturday. On one play in Friday’s practice, Ingram absorbed Randle’s brute strength from his listed 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame before scoring on him. As Ingram said afterward, “he has about 60 pounds over me, but I think I’ve held my own.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Picking up the pieces

first_img• For full fire coverage vist the Special Section. SAN DIEGO – Four charred bodies were found Thursday in an apparent migrant camp burned by one of the wildfires raging across Southern California, authorities said Thursday. If the fire was responsible for the deaths – which authorities said was not immediately certain – it would mean seven people have died in the flames that have consumed about 750 square miles and at least 1,800 homes since the weekend. Border Patrol agents on routine patrol found the bodies in an area near Barrett Junction, just east of San Diego, agency spokeswoman Gloria Chavez said. The area is near a major corridor for illegal immigrants who often walk hours or even days to cross into the country. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Authorities said they discovered the bodies Thursday afternoon but did not know how long ago the victims died. “They could have been out there a while,” said Paul Parker, a spokesman for the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. They were tentatively identified as three men and one woman. The area was burned by the Harris Fire, the same fire that claimed the life of 52-year-old Tecate man who refused to leave his house when the area was evacuated Sunday. The other two people killed directly by the wildfires also died in San Diego County. Despite the deaths, there were hopeful signs Thursday. President Bush surveyed the damage in the hard-hit community of Rancho Bernardo, where he draped his armed around a woman who had lost her home. “We want the people to know there’s a better day ahead – that today your life may look dismal, but tomorrow life’s going to be better,” said Bush, who earlier declared seven counties a major disaster area, making residents eligible for federal assistance to help them rebuild. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego and shelters emptied rapidly. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said an evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium, which had housed as many as 10,000 people, would be closed at noon Friday. The president’s visit came just hours after rescue crews found the bodies of a married couple in the rubble of a burned home in Escondido. Like the previous death, the pair had been urged to evacuate. Neighbors told authorities they last saw the two around midnight Monday. They were reported missing sometime after that. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday had taken a cursory look around the couple’s home and found no one inside. When the two did not turn up during the day, a search-and-rescue team was sent to the site and found one body Wednesday night and a second set of remains early Thursday. They were identified as John Christopher Bain, 58, a mortgage broker, and his wife, Victoria Fox, 55, a teacher. A relative who did not want to be identified because she was too distraught to talk to other reporters confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press, and their names matched property records for the address where they were found. Officials have reported 10 deaths connected to the fires; seven died of causes other than flames. At least 40 firefighters and 35 other people have been injured. In the Los Angeles area, fire crews worked to tamp out many wildfires, including two that burned 21 homes and were now fully contained. But the focus shifted to flames still raging in Orange and San Diego counties, particularly in rural areas near the Mexico border where more evacuation orders were issued. The total burn area across California had expanded to more than 482,000 acres – about 753 square miles. Eight Indian reservations have been damaged, with evacuation centers set up for tribal members. San Diego officials said the number of homes destroyed had risen to at least 1,470, about 400 more than previously reported. That would bring the number of homes destroyed in the seven affected counties to at least 1,800. The Santa Ana winds that had fueled the flames were all but gone by Thursday, but San Diego County remained a tinderbox. Firefighters cut fire lines around sections of the major blazes, but none of the four fires was more than 40 percent contained. More than 8,500 homes were still threatened. Towns scattered throughout the county remained on the edge of disaster, including the apple-picking region around Julian, where dozens of homes burned in 2003. Authorities also evacuated Jamul, an upscale community of about 6,000 in a hilly region about 20 miles east of San Diego. David and Brandy Hradecky, who defied evacuation orders with their daughters, said a small percentage of residents stayed in Jamul and worked with firefighters to save their neighbors’ homes. David Hradecky said he spent 2 days using his bulldozer to create firebreaks around seven homes. He said his young daughters even used 5-gallon buckets to put out hot spots and quench the thirst of farm animals that had been left behind. “Where are you going to go? They were evacuating the evacuee places. We know what to do. We took care of all the people’s houses,” said Brandy Hradecky. To the north, crews were battling a 35,000-acre fire in northern San Diego County that was burning on Palomar Mountain. Fred Daskoski, a spokesman for the state fire department, said there was no immediate threat to the mountain’s landmark observatory, which housed the world’s largest telescope when it was completed in 1908. In the Lake Arrowhead area, fire officials said 16,000 homes remained in the path of two wildfires that had destroyed more than 300 homes. Both fires remained out of control, but were being bombarded by aerial tankers and helicopters. A 23,000-acre blaze in Orange County has been declared arson. Five people in San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties have been arrested on suspicion of arson, but none has been linked to any of the major blazes, authorities said Thursday. A sixth man, Russell Lane Daves, 27, of Topock, Ariz., was shot to death by San Bernardino police Tuesday after he fled officers who approached to see if he might be trying to set a fire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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11 straight wins: Kirk homers twice, Tucker picks up second win for Crabs

first_imgFor the second consecutive night Bryce Kirk, with a single swing of his bat, gave the Crabs a lead which it would not relent as his fifth inning 2-run home run put the Humboldt Crabs ahead for good in what was a 13-5 win over the visiting Redding Ringtails, Wednesday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Kirk’s fifth inning bomb over the right field wall marked the fifth and final lead change of the night as it put the Crabs ahead 6-5, and for good.And it wasn’t his only marque play of what was the …last_img read more

Bacterial Flagellar Motor Has a Protein Clutch

first_imgThe bacterial flagellum, the whiplike outboard motor that has become an icon of intelligent design, has another artificial-looking part: a clutch.  Science reported this in “machine language” as follows:1The bacterial flagellum, powered by a motor that generates 1400 pN-nm of torque, can rotate at a frequency of greater than 100 Hz.  EpsE [the clutch protein] disabled this powerful biological motor when associated with a flagellar basal body and, in a manner similar to that of a clutch, disengaged the drive train from the power sourcee (fig.  S5B).  Clutch control of flagellar function has distinct advantages over transcriptional control of flagellar gene expression for regulating motility.  Some bacteria, such as E. coli and B. subtilis, have many flagella per cell.  The flagellum is an elaborate, durable, energetically expensive, molecular machine and simply turning off de novo flagellum synthesis does not necessarily arrest motility.  Once flagellar gene expression is inactivated, multiple rounds of cell division may be required to segregate preexisting flagella to extinction in daughter cells.  In contrast, the clutch requires the synthesis of only a single protein to inhibit motility.  Furthermore, if biofilm formation is prematurely aborted, flagella once disabled by the clutch might be reactivated, allowing cells to bypass fresh investment in flagellar synthesis.  Whereas flagellum expression and assembly are complex and slow, clutch control is simple, rapid, and potentially reversible.The clutch thus puts the flagellum in neutral and lets the motor idle without having to be shut down.  Among the co-authors of the paper was Howard Berg of Harvard, who has spent many years studying the molecular motor.  The paper did not attempt to explain how a clutch might evolve by natural selection.    For popular reports on this finding, with illustrations of how the clutch works, visit NSF News,,, PhysOrg and Science Daily.  ARN discussed the paper from an intelligent design perspective.1.  Blair, Turner, Winkelman, Berg and Kearns, “A Molecular Clutch Disables Flagella in the Bacillus subtilis Biofilm,” Science, 20 June 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5883, pp. 1636 – 1638, DOI: 10.1126/science.1157877.This is another of many instances of one of the best-established laws in nature: evolutionary storytelling is inversely proportional to observational detail.  A good scientific law needs a popular name.  Write in with your suggestion.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s top female Olympians – part 2

first_img12 August 2016Team South Africa began its Rio Olympics campaign this week, and among the 137athletes competing this year are some of the country’s outstanding female athletes,representing a wide range of sporting disciplines. To celebrate Women’s Month, hereis a look at another five of the best.Linda Motlhalo – footballlinda motlhalo Aiming For RIO 2016 Big For More Go To For More-—game-on-mag (@MySportMyLife) April 22,2016At 18, Linda Motlhalo is one of Banyana Banyana’s youngest scoring sensationsand while Rio might be her biggest career moment so far, it definitely won’t be thelast. Hailing from Brandvlei, Randfontein’s hotbed of football talent, Motlhalodreams big yet is comfortable at her own pace.The South African Football Association’s Fran Hilton-Smith calls her the futureof women’s football in South Africa. “What stands out about her is her big-matchtemperament,” she told City Press. “From the first time I saw her, Iknew she was going places… Her tactical awareness at her age is very good and Ibelieve she is in good hands with (Banyana coach) Vera Pauw.”Motlhalo has scored three goals in four games in South African colours, and isnot planning on stopping.Janine van Wyk – football#RSA‘ KapitäninJanine van Wyk ist trotz Auftaktpleite gegen #SWE stolz:— auf deutsch (@fifacom_de) August 4,2016Cool-headed veteran Janine van Wyk is leading Banyana at the Rio Olympicsthis year, her second Olympics. As South African football’s most capped footballplayer (male and female), scoring 10 goals as defender in 160 games, she bringsconfident leadership and creative talent to the Rio team.While the prospect of Banyana making it to the next stage of the tournamenthangs in the balance – with losses to Sweden and China, and a gutsy draw againsthosts Brazil – Van Wyk is determined to make sure her teammates enjoy theexperience and, above all, use it to learn for the future.Dominique Scott – athleticsI’m actually here… Dreams DO come true!!! #Olympics #Rio2016 #TeamSA #RSA—DOM • SCOTT-EFURD (@domscottrunSA) August 5,2016When Dominique Scott begins the 10 000m race on Friday, 12 August, she’ll no doubt be thinking of South African runners who have tackled one of athletics’ more gruelling events before her: most notably Elena Meyer. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Meyer won South Africa’s first post-isolation medal. Scott was born in 1992.The determined Capetonian has already built a formidable junior career,winning two golds in the 2010 South African junior championships and going on toshow impressive progress as part of her American college team at the University ofArkansas. Before leaving for Rio, she won both the 10 000m and 5 000m finals at the National College Athletics Association Outdoor championships.Michelle Weber – open water marathon swimmingSee theother photos from my Women’sHealth shoot on my site @WomensHealthSA @ArenaSAfrica—Michelle Weber (@michelleweber71) July 26,2016Michelle Weber is the only female swimmer representing South Africa in Riothis year. Her marathon is on Monday, 15 August.Weber, who underwent serious heart surgery three years ago, decided tospecialise in the more paced marathon events in lieu of shorter swims. The changeseems to have worked for her – Weber has won the 5km and 10km events at theSouth African Senior Championships for three consecutive years.Ashleigh Simon – golfSA’s @ash_simoncloses with a 73 @RICOHWomensBrit to grab ashare of 47th on one-over-par 289—Sunshine Ladies Tour (@SLadiesTour) July 31,2016Ashleigh Simon shot to fame as one of South Africa’s prodigious young golfingtalents, becoming the youngest player to win the ladies’ South African Amateurtournament, and the first player in over a century to win the ladies’ South AfricanOpen title three times.Since turning professional at the age of 18, Simon has participated in the US and British Opens, and is a regular on the European and American PGA tours, on which she has won six individual tournaments. Simon has also won numerous South Africa tournaments, and represented South Africa at the women’s golf World Cup for four consecutive years.“Rio,” Simon told the Bedfordview and Edenvale community newspaper, “is going to be something different (from the normal professional circuit). Golf is an individual sport and (our doubles) team (with Paula Reto) will have to work together… It is important for golfers on the South African team to have a good short game.”Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more

3 New Browser Tools You Should Know About: Embedly, Cortex,

first_imgThe browser is a beautiful thing, but it can be made so much better with the right tools. In the screenshot posted here, you can see new two tools in action – both of which you should check out right away. What you’re looking at in that image is the page for a single Tweet, viewed using the brand new Chrome browser extension from, which displays embedded previews from 165 different publishing platforms and previews of any web link posted on Twitter. It’s a must-have. Overlayed on top of that? The rapid sharing tool Cortex – probably the fastest way to post links to Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper and Tumblr. Click your mouse, hold for two seconds and that circle shows up. Move over one of the sections and you’re on your way to sharing a link.Embedly makes beautiful use of web standards. Cortex is still a little rough around the edges; it could use a character count-down for Twitter, for example, and it takes some getting used to before it’s easy to control. It’s worth trying for a while, though.What’s the third?, a simple little bookmarklet that makes it easy to share links with fly-out quotes and tags that can be navigated to view all the most interesting quotes on a given topic found by other users. It’s a really cool little service. There are others like it, see Sniply, for example, and each of them brings a different design element to the nascent field of content curation. There’s clearly a whole lot of room for development in the field of curation and sharing. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Drywall Finishing Tips for Owner-Builders

first_imgPlenty 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.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more