Sunday, April 15, 2012

The time it takes

It took about 2-1/2 hours to do this: install the flall (flooring on the wall) on the longest wall of the basement.

It took about a half hour to do this: install a ridiculously shaped set of patches on the stairway ceiling. Don't ask how the holes got this way.

It took about 12 minutes in the shower before my fingers puckered up enough to get the errant liquid nails to rub off.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Is this too boring to blog?


Dusty and boring. And annoying. We're so, so glad that the rest of the house has wonderful, mostly intact vintage plaster. The basement needed something new, though - the old paneling and crummy moist drywall had to go years ago.

All this material came from the ReStore (moisture resistant drywall scraps, about equal to 2-3 sheets, which were $5 for the lot) and from a 'damaged' cart of DensShield (this stuff) from the big box. They wanted $11 (and I had a 10% off coupon to boot!) for the cart full of 12 sheets, so we took it immediately and worried about whether we could use it later.

Turns out that yes, you can use it as wallboard and it can be painted if you skim coat it with JC first. We were shocked to find that the existing stud walls in the cellar were indeed built on 16" center, so the sheets screwed right on perfectly - no long goofy cuts! It took seriously an hour or so to sheathe most of the room (we're only doing the top half again). Ken did the skim today and we are priming - PRIMING - tomorrow night! The primer will really help to make the space look less, umm, Technicolor Dreamcoat? It's very Spring Festival of Pastels down there right now.