Our Process For Level 5

When it comes to doing a level 5 finish we believe there are 3 main things that must happen to ensure a high quality final product

1. Ensuring we have a PERFECT Level 4 before spraying

All of our new construction level 5 projects over 150 sheets are sprayed to achieve a level 5. We have learned the best way to mess up a sprayed level 5 is to not have a perfect level 4 before spraying, therefore we always conduct 2 quality control inspections on the level 4 before we spray.

2. We only use the best products

We only use USG’s Tough Hide self leveling primer to spray our level 5 projects.

3. Only sprayed by the best of the best

We are extremely selective about who we let spray our level 5 finishes.

The Steps

Step 1: Frame Walk With The Client

Prior to hanging drywall we always walk the project with our client to ensure the scope of work is 100% understood and to mark electrical boxes and plumbing stubs incase they get covered up.

Optional Step: Floor Cover & Masking

If needed or requested we will always mask off anything that needs to be protected with an adequate material to hold up the life of the project.

Step 2: Stocking

Our partners at L & W Supply, Jones Hertz & Frontier Drywall Supply help us get drywall delivered and stocked exactly where we need it for all of our projects.

Step 3: Hanging And Corner bead Or Bull Nose

Once we have the green light to start, our hanging crews get to work throwing up sheets and corner bead.

Step 4: Scrap Out

After we finish hanging we remove all scraps and left over drywall from the workspace. After all the scraps are removed we do a quick sweep of the work space to maintain a reasonably clean work space.

Step 5: Hanging Inspection

Before any mud or tape goes up, if the project does not receive a screw inspection from the city or county we conduct an in house screw inspection to insure there won’t be any issues down the road. During this inspection we are looking for screws to be 8″ oc on the edges and 12″ oc in the field, we are also looking to make sure there is no loose or moving drywall.

Step 6: Level 4 Finish

After we are scrapped out and pass inspection, our taping crews get to work and finish the drywall to a level 4 finish, meaning 3+ coats over all tape, bead and fasteners.

Step 7: Level 4 Quality Control Inspection

Projects will receive a thorough level 4 inspection. Inspections will be done with a light of at least 300 lumens. Inspections will take at least 15 minutes per 100 sheets. Any dent, bump or line of any size will be fixed prior to spraying. Inside corners must be finished within 1/16″ of the corner.

Prior to spraying, all projects will go through a level 4 final inspection 2 times by 2 different people.

Step 8: Spray USG’s Tuff Hide self leveling primer

Once the level 4 is ready we start spraying. Spraying will only be done using USG Tuff Hide and will only be sprayed by someone with a minimum of 5 years experience spraying level 5 primer.

Step 9: Final Clean Up

All projects will have the floor scraped flush enough to put in flooring on top without issue, will be fully swept and any mud on finished non drywall surfaces will be fully cleaned off. If requested the driveway/ exterior entry will be hosed off if the client provides a hose and water.

Step 10: Final Quality Control Inspection

Level 5 projects will receive a thorough final inspection. Inspections will be done with a light of at least 1,000 lumens. Inspections will take at least 20 minutes per 100 sheets. Any dent, bump, line or sanding mark of any size is to be fixed prior to declaring the project complete. Inside corners must be finished within 1/16″ of the corner.

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