Rushing through the home repairs. #2: Sanding on 2 walls done, started cutting and installing the trim.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-02-2012 04:12 PM 1124 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got 2 more walls left that need to be sanded, actually the sanding finished really… I am using one of those hand held drywall sanders for fear of creating a dust plume that looks like a mushroom cloud with a power sander. Not to mention quickly clogging sandpaper… Anyway, I digress…

The trim around the water heater stand is done, mostly. I am still working on transition to the original wall / trim. I have no coping saw, so I am hopeful I can pull this off with the scroll saw, hand sanding, and in all honestly, caulk and paint…

Tomorrow is going to be interesting. I am effectively leaving LOML and a few of the in laws / nephews at the house as I run up to the hardwood shop to grab some 4/4 oak, 6” wide x at least 10’ long for the thresholds. Yes I am making thresholds to transition from carpet to tile. I am mostly trying to cover doggie damage without replacing the carpet, yet… Not a huge deal as the plan is, in a few years when all is said and done, and God willing the note is paid off, or LOML gets a job again (long string of curses here to the idiots so called managing our economy!) and we will rip out every stitch of carpet, and all the old tile and replace it all with hardwood flooring… But for now, we need to get these gaps covered up, and get the steam cleaners in to get the carpet looking fresh…

My trip home from work today will consist of a trip to Ace Hardware for a gallon of Ace Royal Touch interior latex semi gloss Bone White. Mostly because that is what I painted the inside of the house with back in 2004, and I can touch up with that, and repaint the walls. I also need about 20 more feet of trim, some wallpaper paste, and a few more rolls of painters tape…

Right now the shop is a disaster, and getting worse. I put a stop to projects in progress, for better or worse I did… I needed to clean up already and whamo, we get clobbered with the “inspection for appraisal” deal… so yes, I am far behind in shop maintenance as well…

And I need to keep things open, because the shop is going to hold those totes and boxes of stuff that is getting cleared out of the rest of the house…

If anybody is wondering, no, this is not my idea of fun…

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 04:25 PM

Seems to me, I have accomplished a lot with mud, pieces of board, sometimes held in place with wood and screws etc. Sometimes because I have removed something on or in the wall, or sometimes repairing damage. Don’ do much of that anymore, but I can. Just think of it as sculpture, and when it comes to drywall, you can do most anything.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 04:39 PM

Those thresholds are just an excuse to work in your wood shop! Can’t blame you though. Lol.

Keep up the good work!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 12:42 PM

I know exactly where you are coming from with regards to the shop being a mess.

I too am doing household remodelling. I have ripped out the old kiychen, taken down brick walls bricked up now defuncted doors and all other manner of demolision.

I am now on the rebuild stage, a long ardoue task when holding down a full time job and even worese when it is a kitchen that needs to be operational every day.

Next weekend will see me installing new real wood walnut worktops (3), floor tiling and wall tile.

I will be very very glad to see it all done so I can get into my shop without tripping over all manner of crap that shouldn’t be in there.

Good luck your end…...........thankfully i don’t have a dog to clear up after.


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#4 posted 03-14-2012 12:49 PM

Geez, I’ve been there, man. When we moved into my house around 2 years ago, every wall needed help. I ended up mostly using the hole-disc ROS with a big ShopVac. It was really unwieldy but it saved me a lot of grief with the dust. I used about five boxes of Swiffer wets:) Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 02:04 PM


LOML insisted I buy her a Shark Steam Mop a couple of years ago. I am pretty good at cleaning the dust up, but there is the stuff the broom and shop vac misses. The Shark does a great job, but drywall dust plugs the pads up fast, so I end up washing 4 pads at once. Probably not great for my plumbing…

Never thought of using the ROS. I guess I could try it, but I am so close to done with the sanding it’s not worth it yet. However we are discussing completely stripping out ALL the wallpaper, which would get me back into sanding, at that point, I might just go the ROS route just to speed things up…

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