Garage Remodel #14: tape & mud & sanding completed for ceiling drywall

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 10-16-2016 04:16 PM 1022 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can see why people hire this stuff out. But, as in wood working, I wanted to experience and learn how to do most everything DIY, which comes with a lumberjack kind of pride :) I bought the necessary drywall tools (paddle, 6” knife, 12” knife, mud pan, hawk). Watched some videos on how to tape & mud. They make it look so easy :) I had no stilts or roll around scaffold, just my 6’ ladder. I should of added more water to the mud mixture as I can now understand why thin coats are better than heavy coats: because you have to sand and thin coats are easier to lay flat than thick coats. Either way, I did a light to medium sanding by hand on the 6’ ladder. Next…sealing and painting. This is a garage / shop ceiling, not living room so not worried about going all out and using the hawk (decided that today as I do not want to mud again!).

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 12:00 AM

One word of advice that comes from personal experience with doing the mudding and taping on the shop ceiling. If you aren’t applying a texture to the ceiling make sure you apply a couple of coats of mud and feather them out well as well as sanding them flat. Same goes for the nail holes. If not, when you paint the ceiling every joint will stand out. You will see shadows, bulges, edges, you name it, every little flaw shows up and it is too late to sand them out because it is painted.

I also used a sponge for the intermediate smoothing to avoid all of the dust and then a light sand on the final coat.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 01:16 AM

nope, not applying texture. This is not a show room wood shop. I already had to deal with the existing mud & tape and painting when I first moved in when i decided to paint yellow on the walls. I can see the tape somewhat and all that. I’m truly not concerned. Same for the ceiling, not a big concern. Now that I know what’s involved… I should of got one of those PODS storage containers for a week and redid the entire garage. But oh well… tis why I do this stuff to learn. Before/After the default drywall mud & tape with no paint when I first moved in, as seen in this picture:

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#3 posted 10-17-2016 11:57 AM

Good for you. Carry on. Get er done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 10-17-2016 03:30 PM

I cannot tell you how much I despise finishing drywall, and ceilings are the worst of the worst. From your photos you are 10 times the finisher that I will ever be!

I have a small part of my shop ceiling that I installed GWB on, and have decided to put wood trim over the joints and coffer it so I don’t have to deal with taping.

I am always torn that the look of a flat wall or ceiling, with no texture, is so clean. It is hard to argue with how easy simply repainting GWB walls can change things.

I like the yellow wall as well. Anything that adds some color and light to a shop. I have had it with white walls.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#5 posted 10-17-2016 06:01 PM

Jeff…now that I know things… I would of removed everything out of garage and spent a weekend going full throttle on the mud & taping & sanding & sealing & painting part with stilts or mobile stand instead of 6’ ladder. It was too hard. Just…cumbersome because of the weather here in NV with the rain (couldn’t have machines out in the rain, hence cumbersome to move things around like jigsaw puzzle)

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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