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Rushing through the home repairs. #7: Fixing drywall problems and repainting that *&#$ cathedral ceiling...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-03-2012 06:41 PM 3156 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After hurricane Ike blew through, I was left with some cracks in my sheet rock. The inspectors / engineers I had look at it told me the issue was because of the wind load / vibration during the storm. Sadly my insurance didn’t cover that damage, so I need to get my butt up a ladder to re-tape and mud where the storm split my ceiling, and then repaint. No big deal right?

It would appear that my 6’ step ladder won’t be sufficient, but that’s okay I can borrow a taller ladder from a friend, except after getting it home I realized 2 problems…

#1. His ladder is only 8’, and still too short. #2. His ladder is rated for 225 lbs. I exceed that by a pretty good margin…

So time to cruise Craigslist…

Found it… 10’ Werner Fiberglass ladder. 375 lb load rating, $75.00… SOLD!

Hauled it all the way across Houston back home. Thank God for ratcheting cargo straps!

Once I managed to get this behemoth through the door, I stood it up, and sure enough, it was plenty tall, so up the ladder I went with the drywall sander, respirator, and plenty of trepidation…

Well 2 hours after starting, I had the first seam retaped / mudded, and the mud textured to match the stomp texture as close as I can get without restomping my entire ceiling… I have the long angled wall painted up to the ceiling and the paint was drying…

Tonight I get home, throw some tape up to tape off the wall and make a clean corner for the ceiling, and start in on the ceiling paint in that area… Then the fun part begins. The entertainment center, including the old Sony WEGA 37” CRT needs to be moved….

Now I am not sure, but I think the frame on this TV is cast iron, and the entertainment center has no casters… I was thinking about getting some of those carpet gliders that slide underneath to slide the TV out to get this done…

The nicer thing is, the BIL we have been taking care of for the last 3 years, seeing him through his health deterioration, and transplants, and finally recovery, started his new job this morning! He has offered to, when his funds start coming in, to hire help to get the remodeling done faster in lieu of rent… It will be nice to have the added help instead of expenses for a change!

Now that the 10’ ladder is here, I also finally have a means to get up to where the limbs on the dying trees are, so that I can limb these trees, then drop the trunks in sections… Once the trunks are down, I get to drill then stump rot. I am honestly planning on going the stump rot route, but doing what my uncle used to do… pile up lawn clippings etc… on top of the stump then cover the whole shebang with a tarp. Kind of composting the stumps in place.

By the time these are done, I will have a mostly blank back yard. as I am planning on ripping out the deck as well in favor of a shed, so LOML and I have been playing in Sketchup trying to get the back yard set up right…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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#1 posted 04-04-2012 10:23 PM

I forget what I bought for La Conner, but I think it was a heavy duty 10 foot Werner step ladder. That was so I could get up to the ceiling of the garage and change out light bulbs and stuff. The garage is super high. I have had dreams of a loft for lumber storage in there. The strange height is a product of the house being built climbing up a hill at the crest, the hill being solid rock. Also need that ladder for the living room stuff…....the ceiling there being even higher.

I fit under the 225# rating OK, but not with enough safety cushion for me, so as I recall, I bought the heavy duty model. Sounds like you got a good buy…....

I was thinking about doing some programming this afternoon…...for a utility to help my keyboard challenged PA with the new electronic medical record stuff…but just don’t have the energy. Programming is an early morning activity for me. I will be just cobbling together stuff I already have done, meaning I have all the necessary routines in fully debugged classes…....but it has been a few years since I programmed. Fortunately, it is coming back quickly. Visual Basic 6….....Still works with Windows 7 just fine. And I wrote a code generator years ago to set up all the basic framework for programs in my slightly unusual programming style. Sooner or later, I am hoping never, I will have to be in vb.net. But stuff doesn’t port perfectly from VB6 to .net, so I am fighting it. I use my VB6 utilities every day, usually at least 3 or 4 of them. It is nice to have programs that fit your needs exactly….......

Later…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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