Drywall, weekend 2

Making progress

Making progress

As promised, my friend Greg came into town this weekend to help with the drywalling. Unfortunately, an unexpected work issue meant he had to leave this morning, leaving me on my own for Sunday.

But we got quite a bit done yesterday (including a Bacon Explosion, but that’s a different story).

The bathroom is finished, along with about two-and-half other walls in the home theater room. Okay, maybe two-and-a-third walls.

Angles. Should have paid more attention in geometry.

Angles. Should have paid more attention in geometry.

A few things took longer than we expected. First, finishing the bathroom. That really was the hardest room. Second, figuring out how to make the transition from the finished stairs to the basement. We decided to angle some drywall down, which meant we needed to cut some 2x4s to nail the drywall to. It took a stupid amount of time for the two of us (both with advanced degrees) to figure out how to make the cuts. In fact, we couldn’t even figure out how to figure it out. Finally, through a combination of trial and error and a speed square, we came up with a template that worked.

Then of course, there was the usual stuff: trying to keep track of tools, cutting holes in the wrong places, etc. But, still, we got a good amount done (including, yes, the Bacon Explosion).

The bowed stud, still not straightened out.

The bowed stud, still not straightened out.

I ran into a few aggravations today, including a bowed stud. It’s bowed inward pretty severely. I could just attach a stud beside it, but there’s an outlet box on the stud. At this point, the box doesn’t even reach the drywall sheet. I tried one fix I read about online — cutting into the stud midway into the bow and then inserting a shim to stretch it. That didn’t work. Then I tried a second cut, and ended up with a notch. I’ll figure that out next weekend.

I’m pretty sure all the hard walls are done. There will be outlet boxes to cut out, and a few holes for switches and such. But the angles and multiple cuts for the home theater speakers and jacks are all done. I doubt I’ll finish next weekend, but I’m thinking the next weekend I have to work on it (probably the third weekend in March because of travel) will do it.

We’ll see.

Drywalling is incredibly messy. Dust is everywhere — and I understand the finishing process is even worse. I’m leaning more and more toward paying someone to do that, but we’ll see. I need to spend an hour or two just cleaning up from the last couple of weekends before I get to work making more mess.

Update: I meant to mention this before I published the post, but drywalling is not just messy, it’s hard. This is the most physically demanding part of the basement project so far. And probably the most mentally taxing, too. It’s very easy to get mixed up about how a sheet of drywall will be oriented when it goes on the wall and make the cut in the wrong place. I caught myself, actually, before doing that this afternoon. Unfortunately, I did not catch myself before cutting the same sheet an inch short. Click on the first picture in this post. See that sheet laying on its side? That’s the one. The cut for the outlet is perfectly positioned. Unfortunately, the sheet is too short to reach the top plate. I’m hoping to be able to use the sheet elsewhere. So, the upshot is, I moving around like an 80-year-old man, and my brain is fried. But, you know what? I’m still having a good time. And when this is done and I’m watching a movie on a huge projection screen and enjoying a cold draft from the wet bar, this whole experience will be hugely satisfying.

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