Rushing through the home repairs. #6: Foyer walls in paint, working our way to the living room, and I ran out of tall...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-22-2012 04:31 PM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Walls sanded, trim mostly done. Where's the quarter round? Part 6 of Rushing through the home repairs. series Part 7: Fixing drywall problems and repainting that *&#$ cathedral ceiling... »

It should be dead obvious to anyone that looks that our house is in the middle of remodeling, I have a nice, beautiful fresh coat of Pecan Sandie paint on the walls in the foyer, with some of it spilling over onto the trim (will mask, prep and repaint the trim bright white next). The ceiling is Glidden Ceiling white and WOW what a difference in that small, windowless space that made! The original satin bone white paint never looked good to me (I.E. I thought it was an UGLY color on the ceiling…) and felt it made the spaces shrink in on us. Well after much debate, and an executive decision being made we have bright white up there… And the foyer no longer feels like a jail cell…

The quarter round is sitting in the garage happy as a clam waiting to be cut up, but I have a fitment problem with the taller moldings in the laundry room, there is one corner where even though both pieces are cut to 45 deg and verified with my drafting triangles, speed square, and whatever else I could come up with to verify the angles, they meet at the wall, and a gap grows to the outside. It’s small, but quite annoying. So I took same said squares and found the problem… My *#&@ walls aren’t square! I should have checked first, but that’s what caulk and paint are for right?

The repairs to the bathroom wall are almost done, a little more drywall sanding, then final prep before paint and we are good to go there. Except now LOML has a bug in her bonnet to change the colors in the bathroom completely out, meaning stripping ALL of that stupid wallpaper. I wouldn’t mind so much, but when this house was originally built in 1984, the contractor had never heard of wall sizing before wallpaper, and no matter how much steam, or various chemicals I have applied to the walls, I can not get the paper to release from the drywall… I am left with strip, sand, strip, sand patch where it screws up, sand, prime, sand, prime, sand, prime some more, paint…

The ceiling in the bathroom in question is in sad shape too due to my stupidity in the past with where I put my feet in the attic. The old patch is holding, but it is without a doubt bowed. Now I can live with it and not bat an eye, but LOML wants it fixed… Yeah like I don’t have enough work to do!

And to top it off, we have had an abundance of rain for the past several months, this following a year plus of extreme drought, which started just 2 years after Hurricane Ike. I mention all this because to say the least, my poor Magnolia tree in the back yard was stressed, and unknown to me, but also infested with fire ants, well 2 days ago, a big cold front moved through with some huge winds, and down it came onto my deck… So last night on went the Amdro after finding the biting buggers, this weekend is going to be plenty of work cutting up and moving that thing off… It’s plenty dry due to the drought, so I will most likely haul it off to a friends property in Santa Fe to his burn pile, take some steaks and trade us cooking BBQ for his family for them letting us torch our dead wood. Okay admittedly it’s an excuse to go cook steaks and drink beer with friends around a bon fire…

The quarter round still needs to find it’s place in the universe so I need to get that corner squared up as best I can and get to it… I am probably looking forward to having the laundry room done the most. I am refacing the cabinets with Walnut / Pecan doors, and walnut veneering the side and face frame… Between that, the new trim, and paint work, that room should look fantastic when I am done…

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 04:42 PM

break out the coping saw! I’ve seen older craftsman who can cope by hand and create a seamless joint between moldings. Hell of a skill to have, I wish I could be as good as some of the old timers.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 05:02 PM

Sadly, no coping saw to break out. I need to go grab one… The space this particular gap is in, and the size of the gap, a dab of caulk , some sand paper to knock an errant edge down, and some paint, nobody will ever know… Especially my lovely bride…

I do have other areas that are more visible where I KNOW the walls aren’t square in the house that I will be redoing trim, so I will need a coping saw, and am thinking about the Robert Larson model from Amazon as it is one of the few modern saws I have seen that seems to be worth a tinkers hoot…

Okay I did lie a little bit. I do own a coping saw, but I would rather use a pocket knife than this thing. It’s a Stanley or Buck Bros or some stupid thing like that that came from Home Depot, and it is beyond irritating to use… Since it is pretty much useless, I said I don’t own a coping saw, truth to be fully told, I don’t own a useful coping saw…

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 05:47 PM

I think that walls that are not plumb and corners that are not 90 deg is the rule, especially with the quality of stud lumber. My contractor reverted to steel studs in certain places because he couldn’t find decent wooden ones.

Sounds like you are buzzing along. I am immersed in the EMR stuff and probably won’t get in the shop much for another month.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 07:50 PM

Oh my shop is a certifiable disaster. I have cutoffs, and hand plane shavings from face jointing 9’ long pecan lumber all over the place. I need a bigger shop, and a MUCH bigger workbench!

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 11:16 PM

Besides the walls not being square (which they never are), when you tape/corner bead & mud a corner, it takes that corner out of square!!!

Would it be easier/faster to just demo the walls, hang & tape new drywall, as opposed to removing the wallpaper??? Just a thought.

Good luck with the rest of your house renovation/rehab!!!

-- 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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