Q & A with Vic DePhillips!

Victor DePhillips

Every month we will sit down with President and CEO of Signature Building Systems to discuss how Signature builds its quality product and what sets Signature apart from its competition. This is the first of the series.

Is Signature the only manufacturer that lags the walls?

In many ways Signature is unique. I am assuming you are referring to our process whereby once the walls are placed onto the flooring, we screw the entire house together and then nail it? Some companies lag bolt their gable end walls together and then nail the balance of the house. By screwing the walls to one another and then to the floor it pulls each individual member together to create a tighter fit. My experience is that the tighter you get joints to fit, the better they travel, stay solid and avoid cracking. So we started screwing the house together about 5 years ago.

How do we tie our walls together at the top plate wall intersection? Is that different or better than others?

We strap our walls on the top before setting our roof assembly. It helps keep them in place and our gable end wall/long wall intersection is done with a lock notch. Honestly, I do not know what others do, but I know what we do work. The picture on the right is an example of a lock notch.

Is the glue that we use for our walls different, stronger than drywall adhesive?

There were two things that prompted our decision to use the foam adhesive.

1. Application: Liquid nails come in tubes and is awkward to use on the flat jigs. It also glosses over very quickly and does not adhere after it glasses over very well. The “panel hold” foam adhesive application is quick and has a little more time to grab the sheetrock after it is applied.
2. Efficiency: The foam adhesive is at full strength in 24 hours versus the 48 hours for liquid nails.