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March 15, 2013 |

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posted by Ana White

I'd be doing a happy dance right now, but given the condition of the Momplex floor (more on that soon!) it's highly not recommended. For the sake of my work boots.

We are done with drywalling the Momplex upstairs!

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The last sheets upstairs went on in the hallway just yesterday. We have been holding off on the hallway as the heat system all ties in through the hall closet, and it's the last little bit to get drywalled up stairs.

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And it's done done done!!!

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Here's the living room area overlooking the stair openings. When we designed the stairs, we figured in drywall, so there's no drywalling around stair steps. We just pulled the stairs, drywalled the entire landing, and will put the stairs back in after mudding and taping.

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This is the hall closet for coats or vacuums and brooms and other stuff. That's one thing I didn't get cheap on in the Momplex - there's lots of closet space. The heat systems will tie into manifolds installed in these closets. We'll get to that in a bit!

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Here's the dining area. I really love this space. The window is perfect, and there's ample space for a good sized table and seating. I'm already picturing a mirror on that far wall!

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And this is what the great room looks like - I promise, it's bigger than it looks in this photo!

We ended up drywalling in a 2x6 pony wall for the kitchen. All the plumbing is tied in for the sink in this wall.

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Here's the small bedroom. Really, it's an office or a guest room, so we made them pretty small.

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The larger bedroom is big enough for a king bed with 3 feet of space on all sides. I'm such a fan of just right sized rooms up here in Alaska where heating bills can be so high.

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But even the small bedroom gets a walk in closet, although small.

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And the larger bedroom gets a nice, long closet, with a window! It will have shelves on one side, and the other hooks for accessories.

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I've learned a ton this time around about drywalling. This isn't the first time I've done drywall, but it sure seems like this time, we got drywall down to a science.

First, you mark all studs and boxes on the floor.

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And also mark all wall ducts to prevent screwing or nailing into them.

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Then you just measure your sheets and cut with a utility knife. We always score the drywall on the finished side first, then bed it and cut the paper along the back edge on the fold to complete the cut. A drywall square is a life saver here. Not only do you use it for cutting, but it doubles in helping you mark out all your screw holes.

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We use this tool a ton too.

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When you cut drywall by breaking it along a scored edge, sometimes the edge can be a little uneven.  You can also use this tool to take a little off a cut edge without having to recut the drywall.

Another trick the Ram taught me was for spots like this don't even bother measuring and cutting your drywall.  Just put a piece up that is bigger than you need, and trim it in place.  It's even quicker to trim with a utility knife and break the edge in place, but here, we've got such a tiny bit to trim, the rotozip is the tool of choice.

We use the rotozip also for cutting out boxes from drywall hung in place.  There's not measuring and cutting out each box by hand on the ground and then hanging.  We do the same for doorways and other openings.

We've still got the downstairs drywall to hang, including the ceilings, and the downstairs walls are 9 feet instead of 8, so we've got our work (not) cut out (yet) for us!  I'm working on a video tutorial of the step by step process of hanging drywall so look for that next week if you are interested in all the steps to DIY drywall!

So have you drywalled your home?  Did you use the same tools?  Got a special trick that'll save us tons of time on the downstairs?  We'd love to hear your thoughts on this very dry subject!

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Ana

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drywall jack!

save your arms and back and rent a drywall jack for the ceilings. There is nothing worse than balancing something with your head while you try to start a drywall screw.

posted by wittyschaffy | on Fri, 2013-03-15 16:01
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Momplex construction--A drywall tip

I'm glad to pass along/pay it forward a tip that some gave me, many years ago, for the taping and sanding stage: when you get close to being done with mudding a seam, to decide whether you've filled in the low spots, or sanded down the high spots hold a flashlight more or less flat against the wall, so its light falls at a very oblique angle on the seam*. If there are low or high spots they'll cast shadows. Much easier to see them this way than if you trying to spot them while looking directly at the wall from in front of it.

But maybe this is a trick everyone already knows?

*not sure if that gets across the idea, so in case not, here's another way to describe: if you put your head flat against the wall, with your ear ON the wall, and tried to look right along the wall at the seam, only instead of your head, its the flashlight and the light is falling where your line of sight would be--that's the the idea.

posted by Schneb | on Sat, 2013-03-16 09:55

The Shadow Knows!

I have certainly never heard of the flashlight tip, Schneb! Thanks for sharing.

posted by babysteps | on Sat, 2013-03-16 18:06

I knew an old timer that

I knew an old timer that never had to sand his dry wall. His advice was never put on too much, build up in 3 layers (at least), thin the pre mixed compound some. He put his compound into 5 gallon bucket and stressed keep it clean, don't ever put compound back in bucket. He always used paper tape. As a novice I made 2 x 4 frame and scrap drywall for practice. On corners and butt seams, after soaking the paper tape and getting it in the corner or on the butt seam, I only do one side of the seam at a time, I found it impossible to ever work both sides of a seam at once. Doesn't apply to the factory beveled seams of course. PS drywall compound sticks to everything so touch ups later would be possible even after primer and paint.

posted by H W | on Sun, 2013-03-17 00:17
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Drywalling tip

I was told by a drywall/putty guy that if you are to have 2 sheets and a bit on a wall, to have your extra strips in the middle of the wall (4' + 1' + 4' , top to bottom) so you are not puttying and sanding on your hands and knees (or on a stepladder). I'm sure you knew that already, but just in case! :)

posted by cannelle9 | on Sun, 2013-03-17 20:52

Holding up drywall

To hold drywall to the ceiling I've used 2x4s that have a ~2' piece on top that makes a T shape. Once it's lifted up you can keep it held up by putting one of these braces on either end. Worked very well for finishing a basement.

posted by Sethadar | on Sat, 2013-03-23 14:24
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Puzzle like subflooring

Hi! I was wondering about the subflooring in the 10th photo. Why is it all cut up like it is?

posted by colinmcleod | on Mon, 2013-03-25 14:42

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