Progress has slowed a bit. A pulled or overworked back muscle is hindering me a little, but I have also been spending more time taking care of the lawn. I did manage to get a few pictures taken, though. For starters, here is the pile of lumber recovered from the old work bench:
Here are the cabinets. Note the…um…attractive strawberry decorations that hint at what these cabinets were originally used for. That was a fun little surprise. I guess that’s why a previous owner spray painted these things.
This is where the cabinets were installed before I took them down. The paint outline shows exactly where they were located. This picture gives a pretty good look at how the drywall color has changed with exposure. You can also see a light switch on the left wall, which controls the ceiling outlet (barely visible next to the taped joint). After this project is done I will probably tap that outlet for some new light fixtures. I’m not sure whether to remove the existing outlet and hard-wire the lights or simply plug them in, but I will cross that bridge after I’ve burned it. :-)
Here are a couple pictures of some of the taped joints. Apart from the almost nonexistent top layer of mud, some of these joints are actually okay. There is lots of dirt and grime to clean up as well.
I took a broom to the wall shown in the pictures above, as well as part of the floor, ceiling, and adjacent wall. It did a surprisingly good job of cleaning things up. There are a couple of tough spots in the corner that will need a more firm hand, but generally speaking this wall won’t need a whole lot of cleaning attention before I can prime. Yay!
I used a utility knife to cut out several pieces of loose or bubbled tape. Two pieces had to be removed from floor to ceiling, but only a few short pieces needed to be removed from the rest of this wall. I got to thinking about the pros and cons of paper versus mesh fiberglass tape. What I decided was to use paper tape on the long joints and corner joints, as well as any with a significant height change between two adjacent pieces of drywall, and mesh tape for the short “patches” with good mating surfaces. I might actually switch to paper across the board, but we will see.
I used a sanding sponge for the first time today to level out the places where tape has been removed. It worked pretty darn well, even if it took a lot of time cleaning and recleaning the sponge. My next task is to clean up those joints, tape, and mud all the seams as well as a few of the sunken nail divots.
Though I still have every intention of doing this one section of the garage at a time, I realized a potential flow in my plans. The garage floor is about four steps higher than the door to the basement. This means there is a “well” in one corner. I can’t reach the top walls and ceiling of this corner from my step ladder. My extension ladder might be too long to stand it up inside the garage due to the ceiling. Even if it’s not, there is an upright freezer in the same corner, which would need to be moved out of there before I can even try the extension ladder. I don’t think the freezer is particularly heavy on its own, but it does have a bunch of food in it, and I’m not too thrilled about the prospect of moving it up the steps.
I am thinking about actually climbing on top of the freezer. That should give me enough height to reach the ceiling. Does anybody know if this is safe (structurally speaking)? It looks/feels strong enough, but I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone standing on top of a freezer before.
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