Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trying To Beat Winter

We have been working very long hours trying to beat winter. As a result I have badly neglected this blog. Progress has been very satisfying but there is still a long way to go. We are finishing up the drywall and are starting to paint the interior. Flooring will be next, and then to finish electrical and plumbing. Need to complete the heating soon, as cold weather is fast approaching., insulationInsulation is in and the plumbing roughed in.

island ventSpecial vent required for an island is dry fitted.

Looking for dinnerThis little guy was trying to catch lunch with his trap across our patio door.

Panel lifterThis is the tool that makes it possible to install drywall panels by yourself or with little help. We used all 12 foot sheets. A special driver for drywall screws was a great help. I purchased it at a yard sale. The panel lifter was found on Kijiji, but you can rent them. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy if you have to spend much travel time to rent.

Cutting drywallMarking off an electrical outlet. The T-square is the same width as the box. A zip saw can speed up cutting out boxes on interior walls. You can simply mark their location and cut them out after the board is hung. You do risk damaging the air barrier if you do this on ceilings or exterior walls.

Drywall is cut by scoring with a knife, snapping it and cutting the other side with your knife. Very fast and accurate with a T-square and a utility knife. Cut-outs are made with a special drywall saw.

TapingTaping is easy with a little practice. I will describe my methods in another post. I use all purpose mud for taping and a fine topping mix for later coats.

Resdy for the next coatIt takes a day or more drying before adding the second coat, which requires a little more practice and skill. I am pretty slow, but it gets done. I use premixed mud which still requires thinning with water and mixing. A heavy duty drill with a paddle mixer works well.

I do practically everything with a 6 inch plastic knife, a plastic corner tool and a mud tray, Other handy tools that you may use are a 4 inch and 10 inch knife, and a hawk.

Sanding is needed after the second coat. A pole sander with about 120 grit open coat sandpaper is handy, Sanding screens from coarse to extra fine are also good and do not plug. Sponge sanding pads in medium and fine are excellent for close work, in the corners, and for touch ups. A third coat may be needed after the initial sanding, to fill low spots, but should require very little mud or sanding. Touch ups are invariably needed after priming and painting. Be sure to prime any spots that are touched up.

superAs always, the super is checking out my work.

I am going to attemp a stipple finish for some of the ceilings. I have never done this before, so it may be interesting . I will report on results in my next post.

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