Downstairs Wall Down

Wall fell down. No big deal. Just trying to rule the world.

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No Blood Stains!

Every single last bit of carpet is up! A few spots will need repair due to leaking radiators over the years but on the whole it’s in great refinishable shape!

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April Showers Bring May Flat Ceilings

Lots of stuff (when hasn’t there been?) in the works. I took some old bits to the scrap yard for spring cleaning, Amy’s been chipping away at the stairs, and I’ve been getting ready for the big downstairs living room and dining room push. This is going to include fresh drywall on the ceiling, one new wall, and copious crack repair. Carpet will be coming up at some point too. Drywall’s been purchased along with a jack. Big thanks to Arnie for stopping by with a box truck to get the 12′ sections home. Oh and because I was bored, I replaced the boiler when that failed via a leaking tank (read: I was not bored and hated to have to do this). I’ve also been doing spring maintenance on the dirt bike which has included a fresh top end, greased linkage bearings, and sorts of bits here and there. The cats continue to provide moral support.

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Pre-Spring Update (Maybe Pre-Pre Spring With This Dumb Weather)

We finished up the pallet wall a while back. It turned out amazing and will really look nice when I get trim up. That’ll be when the flooring goes in the kitchen. Otherwise I’ve been getting some ice riding in and Amy and I had a quick trip down to Austin, TX. We’re prepping the upper stairs for paint and I’ll be purchasing drywall for the downstairs work later later this week. There’s a drywall panel hoist with my name on it being shipped at this moment too. I found part of a picture under some trim I pulled up too. It’s kind of eerie.

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Back Hall Painting Done

Great stuff in the back hall. Finished up the drywall, primed, and finished painting. We went with just texture from the paint roller. It’s amazing to finally have a smooth wall in the house! I’m proud of my work back here. It turned out really nice. Just trim left and the pallet wall. We picked up pallets for it and we’re prepping the boards. Floors will be finished up after the living and dining rooms are done.

The last picture is a reminder of what it looked like just a few short weeks ago.

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Plywood Up

The last wall in the hallway came down yesterday. Today I’ve put up 19/32 plywood as an underlayment for a future pallet wood wall! It’s going to look way cool when it’s done. As you’ll see in the pictures, Kiyah was a huge help.

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Done Taping (for now)

It was an all day project, but the last drywall was put up. I had to use some tapcon screws to hold new furring strips which I ripped to correct thickness from a pressure treated 2″ x 6″. I sure love having a rotary hammer. Then I put up a vapor barrier since the rotten wood which used to be back there indicated that the wall sees moisture from time to time. I really wanted to be done so I went ahead and finished up the taping. It’s nice to see every wall covered again.

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TatataTapin’

Progress on my biggest drywall project to date continues. Everything, minus one wall (more to come later), was hung and tonight I finished the taping. I used some paper backed corner bead for the one exterior corner. That’s going to be a really nice sharp edge after the finish mudding.

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Steppin’ Up

It was a busy busy weekend + one day. I ripped up the tile in the back hallway (surprisingly I don’t have any pictures of that), tore out the treads, risers, and stringers, and put up some new drywall behind where the new stringers were to go. Next was buying some 2×12′s to cut new strings, add a larger rim joist (and reinforcements), cut new treads, and finally just cut some spacers to fill in gaps. Alright, enough talk, here are A LOT of pictures. What can I say, I was pretty excited about pulling this one off as good as I did!

(Nevermind that one picture of the stringer that didn’t touch anything. Yeah… no idea what that is about. Not like I was a little off on my math the first time… In a TOTALLY unrelated lesson, make sure you check all your dimensions and plans before cutting.)

I’ll be adding risers when new flooring goes in the kitchen as well as skirt boards on the edges.

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I Never Loved You Anyways

Back hallway work paused for just a short while with a good friend coming into town for the weekend to see the roller derby championships. Bay Area, Texas, and of course Gotham put on a hell of a show. Anywho, I digress. My next move is to replace the back steps and landing. The stairs have always been leaning and unevenly spaced. They were also covered with tile that really had no business in the house on account of not matching anything. Tonight the tile and underlayment came up and went out. This is in preparation for new joists, subfloor, stringers, treads, and risers which I hope to do within the next two weeks. No tears will be shed for not seeing that tile anymore.

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