Jeff Sweenor shares a genius tip with our two TOH apprentices
It’s the little things that can distinguish a great final product from an ordinary one, and contractor Jeff Sweenor is happy to share those insights with Kevin Barker, an apprentice at the Jamestown house.
For example, Sweenor has a number of things he always does once framing is finished but just before the drywalling starts. He walks through every room, checking interior-door rough openings, labeling door swings so the electrician knows where the light switches should be installed, and marking areas where additional blocking is needed to support cabinets or glass shower doors—often scribbling a to-do list with marker pen on a piece of spare timber.
He also takes a video (smartphone camera is fine) while walking slowly through every room, and he gives the video to the homeowners. “It’s a great record of where to find studs, wiring, and all the things that get covered up by the drywall,” says Sweenor. “I try to do the video very slowly so that if the homeowners end up wanting to zoom in on a particular area and do a screenshot, the image will still be clear.”