Ode to sheetrock

Essay by Matt Gaylen

Remodeling – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

Ode to sheetrock

A reflection inspired by Juan de Oñate’s quest up the Rio Grande

by Matt Gaylen

Although there are many types of tools, I classify them into two major categories; tools that do work and tools that do more work. For example, a run-of-the-mill screwdriver will push a threaded shaft of metal through a piece of sheetrock into a wooden stud — in time — while a screwgun will pop that baby right in.

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Cracking the contractor code

Essay by Marty Jones

Remodeling – August 1998 – Colorado Central Magazine

Cracking the contractor’s code

by Marty Jones

They call it the “dream of home ownership.” But for my wife and me, buying our first house here in Colorado was more of a nightmare. Thanks to a long list of pseudo contractors and wannabe builders, our home purchase was a grueling saga of delays, shabby work, and tears. Instead of the happy moment we saw in real estate commercials, crossing the threshold in our first home was a dark event filled with dread and questions.

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