Workshop Development #61: Been a while. Starting to get the sheet rock on the walls. Planning the next stages.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-26-2012 05:53 PM 2060 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy, so I haven’t been in my shop much lately, well that’s not exactly true, but it IS true that I haven’t gotten done what I want to yet.

After scheduling the time to get a rented hoist, then discovering the hoist won’t work for holding drywall up against the studs while I start the screws, I got a helping hand from my lovely bride, who could only go so far with it. I need to get some volunteers to help me out here!

Long story short, we wrestled a quite heavy hunk o sheet rock into place, and then ran the screws in. At this point, I couldn’t care less if the screw heads leave bumps or not. I used the drywall dimpler, but some screw heads are just a shave proud of the sheet rock.

I have been spending some real long overdue quality time though in cleaning up my shop. I have so much more to do, and so little time to work though.

Tonight, assuming LOML doesn’t have other tasks in mind for me, I am planning on spending at least another hour out there just cleaning, straightening, and stashing upstairs the stuff that is out of production and won’t be coming back frequently….

I have one more uninterrupted drywall panel to install, then comes the fun part. I have to cut in around the existing electrical and plumbing. This is going to end up a wall board sawn mess I am sure. But once it is all installed, taped, mudded, and painted, I should be silly happy with the next steps…

Once I am ready to get it back in place, I am planning on mounting up my HF DC side flip style to a plywood mount board, and get the drum directly under the impeller… Then back to mounting things up where I want them, finally!

I am at the stage where I really want to be making progress, but REALLY need help getting there… Good thing the neighbor across the way owes me a few favors…

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 07:28 PM

DB, sheetrock can be a pain, I know from doing it daily. Since you say your wife can be there to help, make yourself a couple deadmen for the ceiling. Basically a T out of 2×4 that is 1/4” longer than the distance from floor to finished ceiling. Once the board is in place, she pushes the deadman as far as she can and wedges the board tight. Only try with 4×8 sheets. You won’t save that many joints with 12’ sheets, and they greatly increase your stress factor. Of course, start with the ceiling, then the top part of the walls. Measure 48 1/16 down from the ceiling and install a horizontal helper board out of 1×4, plywood, or whatever you have. For the bottom sheets, a toe kicker sheet lifter is a great time saver, but a flat pry bar with some kind of fulcrum can be substituted in a pinch. I hope this helps, I’ll put this on my watch list for any questions you may have.

Oh, throw the dimpler tip away, install the screws with #2 phillips on your battery power driver. You’ll get the hang of driving them the right depth very quickly. The batt. driver on high speed slows down as you near the depth on 1 1/4” screws. This info does not help if you’re using 1 5/8” screws. If you are, you need power, in which case I pity you!

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 08:17 PM

Not sure how we could use a deadman on the wall itself. The ceiling is already sheet rocked…

“Measure 48 1/16 down from the ceiling and install a horizontal helper board out of 1×4, plywood”

Oh you just gave me a fan-stinking tastic idea, I think…

So install the helper board, shimmy the sheet into place, and use it to hold the sheet up while I dirve the screws? Sound about right?

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 12:13 PM

Sorry for the delay, it’s been crazy down here. You do have the right idea, though. If you have too much gap at the joint between wall and ceiling, a wedge or flat bar will bring it tight. I generally leave the gaps, however, and fill them with fiberglass mesh and 5 minute mud. I feel that the horizontal line is more important to maintain than a tight joint at the ceiling.

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