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Old 02-13-2017, 11:34 AM   #2281
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Val is headed for the coast again tomorrow, so we won't be able to spend Valentine's day together. So, to make up for it, I took her out to Earl's in Kamloops for dinner last night.

While we were there, we also dropped by our favourite House of Pot and got paint for the doors, and another box of closet stuff. Underlay for the carpet and other small stuff.

I will have photos a little later.

Yes, the ceiling spray went quite well after all our worries!
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The ceiling process that we went through.

First we need to tape off the top of the walls with masking paper. Then add the thin poly to that.

The poly seems to have a magnetic attraction - static electricity I think - and clings to the walls.
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Next we have to mix up the texture mud.

After having read the destructions and watched too many Youtube videos, we proceeded to attack the mud. Now the one thing that they ALL caution you about is mixing the mud too thin. Do that, and apparently it will bounce off the ceiling.

So I added just a very small amount of water to the mud at a time and mixed very thoroughly. After awhile, Val decided she needed to do this as well rather than stand around and watch nothing happening.

After two or three minutes of that she decided that perhaps it wasn't quite as easy as it looks and handed the drill back over to me, claiming that her arm was ready to fall off.
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Finally got the mud to a pourable consistency, set up the hopper and started spraying.

Now this thing puts out a fair volume very quickly. So the closet, about 60 square feet, only took a matter of two or three minutes to spray.

When the fellow did the ceiling in the kitchen, he sprayed it one day, and then came back again to do any necessary touchup. I, on the other hand, really didn't want to spread this out over two days. So just as soon as I could I added a bit here and there as Val directed.

It isn't quite as easy to see what's happening on the ceiling as you may think. That second pair of eyes can pick out any thin spots right away.

The pic of the ceiling wouldn't focus, so you can't really see how it came out. But for our first effort we were pretty pleased, and you can see that I wore my share of spray!
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From there we went immediately on to the bedroom ceiling. Val didn't get any pics on the Canon, except for this one, I think they are all on her iphone. She wanted to be able to send pics to her girls.

This room came out better than the closet, so Val was happy!
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Looks great Keith, I am amazed that you didn't get more over spray on you, I know I would have.
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After we cleaned up the mess, next up was the installation of the closet "organizer". Val just loves this stuff. You know, easy to install, no cutting etc. You betcha.

Anyway, these things are adjustable for whatever your little heart desires, so once we got the "hangers" installed, it was pretty straightforward.

This one she bought last year, and when we had finished with it, Val discovered that it didn't have enough bits and pieces, so of course we needed to buy more.
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So the new box came home with us yesterday, and Val right away gets into reading the instructions. Sheesh, I figured that we should remember what to do from the day before...?

It looks like she still wants to add a few more bits, so next trip into town we will grab them and hopefully that will be the end of it.
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As soon as that was done, I received instructions to get the carpet down.

OK, we picked up the tackless and underlay, so that is now down, and perhaps tomorrow I will get the carpet down in the closet. Still have to find a couple of my carpet tools.
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Looks great Keith, I am amazed that you didn't get more over spray on you, I know I would have.
Jim, I tried to keep out of the way, but that spray goes everywhere.

I think next time I will wear safety goggles. Luckily I didn't manage to get any in my eyes, but I can see that it could easily happen.

There are three basic sprays that you can use, and I tested the pattern on some cardboard first, as they suggest, and it looked OK.

Next time I will drop the air pressure a few pounds and keep the valve not quite so open. That way a little less mud will come out and make a slightly finer pattern.
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Quickie update...

First order of business for the carpet is to get the perimeter nailed out with tackless strips. Surprising how much it takes. Over 80 feet just for the bedroom and walk in closet.

Which also means it's going to take that much baseboard as well.
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The underlay that I was able to find came in a size of 6' x 9'. The House of Pot also had a big roll on hand from which one could take their chosen lengths.

The young gal who was working that department had only just started, and she didn't know what I meant by lineal feet after I asked her how wide the big roll was.

Turned out it was also 6 feet wide, so I said I need 44 lineal feet. But you can cut that in lengths of 16, 16 and 12. She was totally lost, so it was then I discovered they had these smaller pieces in pre-packaged rolls.

So five rolls gave us 45 lineal feet, and despite my best efforts to explain to her how this works (grade 1 math I think) the poor gal was even more confused.

Anyway, all's well that ends well, and the underlay got done without much in the way of fanfare.
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Laying the carpet however, was another story entirely.

Val's daughter bought a new (to her) house in Chilliwack last year, and took all the carpets out and replaced them with hardwood floors.

That's what I have to work with. Don't really know how old the carpets are, just a few years I guess, and decent quality. But that means that there is different wear patterns everywhere, along with some sun faded colours in places.

Under the circumstances I did the best I could, but using new would have been better. But then the price was right, so cannot complain about that.
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After I got the carpet cleaned up a bit, I tackled the closet doors.

I found something rather odd about how the instructions said to mount these particular doors.

There is a metal channel that the doors mount to, and the instructions say to install this channel flush with the face side of the wall.

The holes in this channel are pre-drilled about 5/8" in from the front.

Now, it strikes me that maybe someone wasn't thinking too clearly when they wrote these instructions, because if you go back 5/8" from the front side of the wall, what do you get? That's right where the drywall and the wood framing meet. In other words, you aren't getting much in the way of holding ability there.

Since I didn't think I could trust that, I moved the channel an extra 3/4" towards the inside. At least that way the screws - only two mind you - hit solid wood.

Other than that little dilemma, it went well.
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That hole in the wall should be full of door. But it's off getting painted in a white semi gloss enamel. Don't really know why thy call this paint enamel, when it is really still latex.

Just one more coat to go on the second side, which I can do in another half hour...then tomorrow I can re-hang the door. One room down!
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