Walled In: Part 2

I know, I know… how many days of looking at blank wallboard can I really find exiting enough to post on the internet, and here’s the answer: At least one more.

There was definite progress today, and let’s just reflect on the two months it took us to do the 400 sq ft Station, and be glad that two more bedrooms and the master bath were done in 8 hours (thanks to the professionals.)

The laundry room:




Full Bath:


Spare bedroom 1:


Short hall connecting the bedrooms and study:


Spare bedroom 2:


Not bad for a days work.

Supposedly the kitchen, study, and great room (including the vaulted ceilings) will be done today… and if it wasn’t for the fact that my ceiling insulation was being pushed back until friday, we might have the whole thing taped and mudded this week as well.

One of the things about drywall is that you’ve got to keep the house around 60 degrees so the mud doesn’t crack, and with a geothermal system you can’t just keep pumping heat into a house that doesn’t retain it. (Anyone want me to draw a cartoon to explain that?) So, we’re basically being held hostage by the insulation company who I called in advance and scheduled for tomorrow and the whole “sorry we’re going to be two days late” thing is getting a little old guys.

But with this many walls in the house, who can really complain?

7 Responses

  1. And yes, I would totally be all for another geothermal cartoon. If you taught engineering I might have gone into that instead of geography. See, I need maps and drawings to function.

  2. Isn’t it amazing what drywall can do? It looks so different! You’ll have to do a full tour when it’s all done because it’s hard to tell what each room looks like and where you are exactly.

  3. Funny, I’m sitting here studying each drywall picture like I’m going to get tested on it. It’s great to be able to see EXACTLY how the pros do it, wqhere they put each piece, how they tacked it on, nail spacing, etc. Very useful for me :). I can’t believe how fast it’s all coming together, and that fireplace looks amazing. That WOULD be quite a dreamy luxury to have a tub there, wouldn’t it.

  4. There’s a lot to be said for having the big boys tackle some of those jobs. I was fortunate enough to learn how to install drywall from a friend who’s a general contractor and who once worked as a drywaller. I did all right with it when I did the drywall for our casita.

    However… I also put in a lot of Wonderboard, which is concrete dry wall because the casita has a spa, and I wanted to make sure I would have no problems with dry rot and the like down the road. It took me damned near forever to install Wonderboard around a room that was about eleven feet by sixteen feet. It’s been some years now, so I no longer remember how many weeks it took me to do work that should have been done in half a day, tops.

    The problem was that I could not get the screws to seat properly. I would drive the screw, it would bottom out and start spinning around, at which point it held nothing! Or if I could get the screw to finally seat, the damned screwhead was proud of the Wonderboard. I eventually had to live with those raised screw heads. Becauase it’s a Mexican casita, though, I just textered the inside walls to cover over those screwheads. It actually looks fine, nice style statement. But it’s really there to hide those screwheads.

    Since then I have several times watched Wonderboard installations on TV. Those guys step right up, drive the screw flush, pull out another, drive the screw flush. To this day I don’t know what the hell I did wrong, but obviously something! And nothing in this world could get me to do it again. Later on I will use Wonderboard when I re-do our bathrooms. And I will have the big boys install it!

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