I’ve been a bit frustrated at how slow things are moving. I think things are moving at a good place, but the end of the week (and the end of my vacation time) is coming up quickly.
The ceiling got drywalled today. This is where having kids is really paying off. I had one holding screws and handing them to me one at a time, and one on the ladder holding drywall up on the ceiling while I screwed it to the joists and the blocking that I had installed yesterday.
I even managed to get the hole for the fan cut properly! As I mentioned before, I have a habit of needing to correct holes by an inch or so, or retry with a new board. I’m actually quite happy that that hasn’t happened yet.
Vapour barrier around the fan is quite difficult. It has to go over top of the fan mechanism, seal tightly around the vent pipe, and still make an airtight seal with the rest of the ceiling vapour barrier. Lots of acoustic sealant, and some Tuck Tape. The tape isn’t part of the seal, but it keeps everything in place until the drywall goes up.
Lesson: Humitek (green water-resistant drywall) is significantly heavier than regular drywall. I eyed the lightweight stuff at Home Depot, which was cheaper, but we had a mildew problem in the ceiling when we moved in (before I installed the exhaust fan) so I decided to do the whole room in Humitek. It is much more difficult to load into the car, bring up the stairs and install on a ceiling than normal drywall. Get help.
This was about all I managed to get completed today, because it was Canadian Thanksgiving. We hosted my parents-in-law and my wife’s great-aunt for a full dinner and some wonderful wine and discussion. That was all after, of course, I had the dining room table flipped over on the floor, replacing two stretcher bolts that had broken and made the table wobble badly. And, of course, I didn’t have any dowels the rights size so I had to mill some 1/2 inch dowels down to 3/8 to finish the job, because all the hardware stores are closed. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another…
Cost for this Post:
None. Stores were closed! :)