I'll just start with a quote.
"You think you can do these things, but you just can't!" -Finding Nemo, 2003
As is the case with me and drywall.
Well, it's not that I can't, but it is that I don't know how to do it.
Not yet. Not at all.
If you remember, a few months back, we were getting our house assessed about how energy efficient our house has become after all our renos. It was the morning of, and of course, there were so many tiny things that I hadn't done yet, but thought should be done before the assessment. The major thing they were testing for was air tightness.
I wasn't there for the original assessment pre- renovation, so I didn't get to ask how certain things would affect the ratings. Things like the drywall seams...
Since I hadn't asked, I figured it was probably a huge deal, and now that it was the day of the post assessment, I totally just slathered those seams with drywall mud, sans drywall tape. I did that with the first door too, however, it got covered by the trim. This time, our drywall patching was not getting covered by the trim. The door originally had a sidelight, so there was no getting away with a crappy drywall job this time.
I don't know if you picked up on this, but I said a few months back. Ya... After Adam lovingly pointing out that I did it very wrong, I felt pretty unmotivated to fix it. It was going to be a killer to sand. I slathered that mud on really, really, really thick.
But I finally got at her. The sanding part at least. I am definitely going to use the following instructions with the drywall joint tape and hope for the best. If at first you don't succeed, learn how to do it right, I guess. That patch of wall will be finished soon, I can feel it!
The tools of the trade!
Any drywall horror stories to make me feel better? Please!?
8/8/2013 02:28:09 am
At least you tried most women can't say that....... I just lucked out with marrying a journeyman carpenter....... All the sanding sucks..... And I'm just the supervisor ..... Keep up the good work..... If all else fails maybe paneling will make a come back?
8/8/2013 02:38:03 am
I did try! And I will finish what I started, eventually that is! Adam is very handy, but he knows how much drywalling sucks haha. I was seriously contemplating wallpaper, but I already chose a feature wall, and it's not that one. I can see why paneling was such a popular option back in the day...
8/8/2013 02:46:21 am
At least you seem to grab the motivation for these projects you haven't learned about just yet...drywall scares me. This past spring we did our shingles ourselves, got motivated, did tons of research and it looks great...but my dads leg came through our back entrance ceiling while replacing some sheets of plywood...now that huge whole in the ceiling drywall haunts me daily and I haven't been motivated to learn how to fix it just yet. :-(
8/8/2013 01:48:28 pm
Ah! The ceiling has got to be way more difficult than wall drywall. Yikes. I don't think I'd be able to tackle that one... Hope your dad was ok, too. That doesn't sound fun.
8/8/2013 03:30:46 am
This is gonna be long... My advice? Don't do it that way! Mesh tape is the worst - it doesn't work nearly as well as fiber tape (the stuff that looks like paper) in the long run. It cracks a lot easier. Here's what you do...
8/8/2013 07:18:16 am
Oh, I almost forgot, with the nails, you want to use a 5" knife for the first two coats, and a 6" knife for the final coat.
8/8/2013 01:44:56 pm
Wow, Josh, thank you for the great, great advice, and hopefully Adam listens to it! Hahaha. Just kidding... I'll definitely be following that. I'll keep you posted
9/30/2013 05:45:33 pm
Great site, was just reading and doing some work when I found this page
10/5/2013 02:37:49 pm
Thank you, it's a lot of lessons I've learned. Usually learned the hard way, but making mistakes seems to be the best way to learn!
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