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Old 02-11-2013, 10:11 AM   #46
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Those pics officially document my first attempt at mudding drywall. Ive never even opened a tub of mud before, and for the very first time, i think it went pretty well. Only had three bubbles to fix, and i got them fixed before the mud started to dry. I used the red plastic putty knife that came with the mud though, and i think i have to get a different one because my palm hurts like hell now and i have a round bruise in the middle of my palm. I dont know if thats the type of knife i used, or if it happens to all first timers. Thanks for reading

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Old 02-11-2013, 11:14 AM   #47
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Last night was really nice and cool outside, so we decided to go ahead and...
Who says this in January, except someone in Texas!?!



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LOL thanks Blondesense. Texas is actually really nice this time of year. Not too hot, not too cold. Itll last through March, then itll start getting hot again.
Anywho, back to work. We worked out there all day yesterday and all day today. All of the work was centered in the bedroom. We ran a dedicated 12-2G Romex wire to the A/C receptacle, drilled a total of 12 holes through studs to run the wires to the power box, hung all new insulation across the remaining exterior wall, and nailed up all new drywall. We only have one sheet of drywall left to hang and the walls in the master bedroom will be finished. My mom is planning to do that over the next couple of days, and this next weekend we move on to mudding, taping, sanding, mudding, sanding, and then finally, painting! Once its painted, the only thing left will be the flooring, trimwork, and closet installation. I bought one of those custom closet systems, it will fit anything from 3' to 6' wide, and my closet space is 5' wide so itll work perfect. Im also putting ceiling to floor shelving along the back wall of the room, for me to put all of my knick knacks on so that they arent all over the house. That was my fiance's only requirement when we bought our own home.
Before we can put down flooring, i get the wonderful job of sitting on the plywood floor for several hours, using a pair of channel locks to pull millions of staples out of the floor so that we can lay the new floor. Otherwise there will be hundreds of tiny bumps and itll ruin the laminate. Pics coming soon, we ran out of daylight.
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Just in case any of you are curious, we have not survived this remodel without injury. Three of which occured today.
During demo, i dropped a sheet of drywall on my leg and caused a bruise from my knee to my ankle. My fiance stabbed himself in the side with a screwdriver and drew blood. I stabbed myself in the leg with a utility knife attempting to cut the skin off of a wire. I accidentally stabbed my mom in the leg with a shelf i was attempting to move. My mom broke her toe by dropping a piece of drywall on it (she's ok now). We all have bruised toes and insteps from drywall and tools falling. My mom got a piece of wood in her eye from drilling wiring holes. Ive gouged myself on the staples and brad nails protruding from the studs multiple times, usually drawing blood. I actually did that twice today, i caught my middle finger on a nail and ripped it open, and then i turned right around and brushed my arm against two staples sticking out of a stud and ripped my arm open. They've finally stopped bleeding now, though i had to wash my glove. I nearly clocked myself in the forehead with a hammer when i slammed it into a sheet of brittle drywall and it bounced back. If i hadnt moved, i wouldve knocked myself out, if i didnt kill myself.
The lessons ive learned during this journey:
1. Always wear safety glasses when cutting or drilling wood
2. Dont stand directly in the path of a hammer
3. Watch the location of your toes when something falls
4. Wear gloves at all times.
5. Keep an eye on the location of helpers when you attempt to move heavy sharp items, or you might kill them.

I cant honestly say it hasnt been fun, though. Ive learned a lot about construction, building, and wiring during this journey. I have been watching the location of my thumb when hammering though, no black thumbnails yet. There have been a lot of laughs, and i can honestly say there were sweat and blood put into this project. The tears might happen once i see the final bill, LOL
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Woohoo got another shipment today. Now there is a nice tidy waist-high stack of drywall in my kitchen, five sheets of 1/2" green and the rest are 3/8" white. I just hope they stacked it with the white on top so we can finish out the master bedroom and possibly even finish the little bedroom. I know we have enough for the bathroom because its only 5' x 8' and one 5' wall is already drywalled and the other 5' wall is taken up by the nail-in shower surround. It nails to the studs, not the drywall, so that helps. the remainder of it is going in the space around the washer, since thats a wet area too. Boy we are just'a rockin' and a'rollin with this trailer!
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Glad to hear things are coming together.
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First thing i noticed was pic one. Wow thats a big window air conditioning unit sitting on the floor. What is it. 20,000 btu with a 220 cord?
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yeah thats exactly what it is. i wanted it so bad but i ended up having to sell it. it was actually a wall mount too, it reallyhsucks that i had to sell it but i had to pay the bills
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yeah thats exactly what it is. i wanted it so bad but i ended up having to sell it. it was actually a wall mount too, it reallyhsucks that i had to sell it but i had to pay the bills
Nice Sorry you had to sell. It would keep trailer cool NO PROBLEM.
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Went to lowes tonight and bought a few more things... paint for the master bedroom, wire to finish the wiring (only three rooms left!), faceplates, the light fixtures for the hallway, wirenuts, and a pair of tin snips to cut the old wires out of the walls. We have tried everything to get rid of them and they are annoying, it kills our hands to use pliers, and we tried using a metal blade on the oscillating multi tool and it heated up the wire so we didnt feel that it was too safe to do that. Hopefully the tin snips work better. We will find out in about six hours! Wish me luck! Here goes yet another weekend of working out there! Later today i plan to finish the bedroom drywall, finish the bathroom wiring, start bathroom drywall, finish little bedroom wiring, and maybe even finish the hallway wiring. Dont know if we will get to the living room this weekend or not. If it is warm enough, we will finish taping and mudding the master bedroom. In that case we would just do that, and work on wiring the bathroom and little bedroom.
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Tin snips are for cutting sheet metal not wiring.
Should be using linesman plyers or better yet a pair of these.
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Did you ever fix the roof properly? Hate to see you lose your work. You have drywall stacked waist high in a trailer??? That is a lot of weight.

If you are using premix drywall mud like gold bond. Put a full cup of warm water in the bucket and mix thoroughly with a mud mixer on a serious half inch drill. Keep the piece of plastic they give you, scrape down the walls of the can while wet with a wet sponge. add a little warm water and mix as you go. when you are done for the day, pour a little warm water on mud and place plastic over, this way you don't have to worry if the lid is real tight. Remix water in before reuse. Remove the strip from the lid all the way around.

I use the self stick fiberglass tape exclusively now, as you can just apply the tape to the joint, then bed in your first coat with the 6 inch. No bubbles. You are getting bubbles because the mud is too thick, and not mixed.

Use Goldblat tools, 6 inch and 10 inch knife, and watch out, they get really sharp from stropping drywall.

Never, never tool with a dry knife. That's what causes pulls. Always have a little bead of mud on the knife, even when tooling.

This advice comes from a drywall expert who I worked with many many years ago. The guy was a wizard with rock and mud. He was hard to get because he was so damn good, so I ended up doing a lot of my own work on additions I built. Drywall is a real profession, like most things. The guys that are good at it make it look easy. Like most pros.

Sounds like you ought to have some plasma on hand and a horn to yell "Medic"!
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thanks for the advice jagans. ill try that and see if it helps. thanks joe but the tin snips work a hell of a lot better than anything else we've used. the old wires go up thru the ceiling so they wont be used. i just went through with the snips and cut them all off at ceiling level. we did a lot of wiring today, finished running wire everywhere except the laundry room and the stove and hot water heater. those run under the trailer so we will probably do that nextg weekend. tomorrow, more drywall. pictures coming on monday when i have access to a computer again. thanks for reading!
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Interesting thread, keep the updates coming.

"We were told when we bought it that it was livable"

You had non paying tenants, 10 of em if i recall, 9 after the hammer incident. Livable to some.

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