Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dry Wall!

It was a long day in the basement, and the contractor and his helper were here about 8:30 AM.   They started right in and drywall flew!  I went to the Home Depot to get some plastic to put up in the doorway that goes into the furnace room.  It is packed with Loyce's storage bins, and we are trying to limit all that drywall dust.

Also I picked up some plastic that has sticky on its back, kind of like a two foot wide roll of scotch tape. I used this to make a runner down the center of the carpeted stairs to the basement.   It will somewhat protect the nasty drywall dust from tracking up the stairs so much.

But I know that nothing will contain the powder when we get to the wall sanding phase........  We all seemed to be busy all of the time.  As the guys got to another area, I would pull out the electrical outlets that are installed there.  Mostly the boxes are blank with only the rough in wiring, but some of the boxes are from the original house, and they needed to be removed as well.

We  switched on the lights by wire nutting the wires together after the switches were removed.  They are in the on position semi permanently.   But tonight I went down and fished the nuts out and separated them to get the lights to go off.

The day was very productive, as by about 4:30 or so, all of the wall board had been installed.  At least the part that they intend to install.  I will piece in some of the non finish pieces over the next few days.  Rather than throw away odd sized chunks, I will cut it down and use it in some of the storage areas.  That part will probably never be finished with joint compound, unless I get after it.  Time will tell how that will go.

Tonight, Loyce and I were cleaning up the piles of white dust.  It seems endless, and it has only begun.

Retired Rod


  1. Glad to see you got the wall in, drywalling is on mist of dislikes right up there with putting my face in a fan that running. Hope you guy have it finished soon and are relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  2. What a yucky, messy job. But it will be so wonderful when it's done. Look to the future. Hard to do when you're covered in white dust. Good luck.

  3. Reading your blog about installing drywall is about as close as I ever want to get to that job again. It's a heavy and dusty job for sure. Looks great when it's all done though.


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