Great Lakes Taping Tools offers complete drywall taping tool repairs on NorthStar, TapeTech, Columbia, Drywall Master, BlueLine / Premier drywall tools. We are very selective on what parts we choose to use, carrying NorthStar Parts, TapeTech Parts and Columbia Parts as we want you to be confident that we aren't skimping on the tools that support your livelihood. All repairs are done by the owner himself, so there is great consistency from one repair to another.
How much do rebuilds cost?
There are a number of factors that determine the cost of taping tool repairs, the condition of the tool of course being the biggest factor. We make it a point to provide an estimate of repair work before we start, and make sure to notify the customer if we should find anything that would generate significant unexpected cost along the way. Our bench fee for repairs is $40 per hour. Most small tool repairs (angle heads, flat boxes, pumps, handles) are completed within 1 hour. Automatic tapers are typically 1-2 hours. We stay competitive with our parts pricing, provide a full detailed invoice, and return the parts we removed when practical.
How to ship tools to us:
If you would like to send tools to us to repair please start by contacting us so we can provide you with our address where you can ship the tools.
Depending on how comfortable you are with the computer, you can definitely save money by printing your own labels online. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of creating your own label, you can just stop by your local UPS or FedEx store and pay them to pack and ship it for you.
The first thing you need to do if you are going to print your own label is get a box that will fit your tool. Protect your tool with bubble wrap, packing paper, etc. Once you have it packed, you can measure it and weigh it. You will need this info if you are going to print a label online. We have had very good results shipping tools with USPS (United States Postal Service). You can print labels directly from the USPS website by clicking this link.
If you have a PayPal account, they also have a very convenient interface for creating shipping labels you can click this link to log in and use PayPal's shipping interface.
When sending us tools, please remember to include in the package your complete mailing address, a phone number where we can reach you, as well as an email address for billing purposes.