Monday, June 27, 2011

Still working on "C"

"Ya gotta do A, but before you do that you gotta do B, but you can't do B until you do C and you can't do C until you do A! That was part of a comment from "Dreaming"

or As my cousin Vickie put it, "you're ready for A, and B, but you gotta do C first." I thought it was funny that they both used the same type of analogy.

We want to paint drywall (A)and put in the ceiling(B), but we have to put in heat duct work (C)for the rooms ABOVE the basement and gas pipe (C)for the rooms ABOVE the basement before we do anything else.

So, I thought I'd give you an update on the house, even though it's probably a bit boring. We never got anyone to come out and tell us where to run the duct work, so we've spent hours figuring it out on our own. We decided we'll just install it ourselves too. A guy did come out and tell us how many registers we need for each room.

And thank the Lord we did not drill any holes in the floor for registers before discovering that the vents we bought were the wrong size!

We are constantly learning. They don't even sell register covers to fit the vent size on the right. It's bigger than the standard vent size, on the left. Odd that they sell the vents, but not registers to fit them.

There are all kinds of rules & regs that you have to follow to be up to code with bearing walls.

One register done, upstairs. About ten more to go. (sigh)

And we also have to put in gas pipe, in the ceiling, for the upstairs.

Which involves reinforcing the ceiling.

We are almost done running gas pipe, and the gas company is coming out on Wednesday to install the outside part of the pipe.

And while Dave does ductwork and gas pipe, I'm learning drywall techniques.

You use this kind of 'tape' on the wall, to cover up where the drywall comes together.

Then you take a slab of drywall mud and run it over the tape, very smoothly.

We have these plastic outside corner things that you spray with water and stick on the wall. They are very specific not to rub the water on the plastic corner or you will rub the sticky off.

After you stick it on the corner, you use mud to seal it in as well.

You use this tape on inside corners. You cut it to size, then fold it in half, then drywall mud it in.

I told Dave it's like icing a cake.

Making sure you fill in the blank spots, then smooth it all out.

Piece a cake.



  1. You are brave brave souls... I would screw up ALL of it... you lost me at gas pipe!

    I'm so proud of you though... you are a strong woman, I could never do what you are doing... I will always say, "that's the house that Cindy & Dave built."

  2. Oh my... I'm famous! I've been quoted!!! Gee, thanks!
    But, the logic thing is so true!
    You are a brave soul to tackle sheet rock... but, in many ways you are right - just like icing a cake. The trick that we learned is to only put on the lightest coat of mud. It takes far less effort to put on a few skim coats of mud than to sand off excess dried mud. Also, get several good sheetrock knives in increasing sizes.
    Your register looks great!

  3. You say piece of cake... I say.... Ah!

    Blessings, Debbie

  4. Scribe,

    You wouldn't screw it all up. Like me, you learn as you go and just do what you're told! (that's the hard part!)

    You are famous! And I had never heard of dry wall being called sheet rock. I asked Dave if it's the same thing and he said yes, why? So I told him a blogger friend calls it sheet rock. I read your comment to him and he said, "She's right!" You wanna come over and help?


    I say Ah too, many times. It's more like aauugghhhhh.....(thanks for visiting my blog btw)