January 20, 2010

1810 Bathroom Part 3 - Drywall Finishing

Upon starting this bathroom remodel I had hoped to be done by the first of the year which unfortunately didn't work out. It has been nearly 2 months since I last posted an update and the only real change in status is that the drywall is hung and the taping and mudding is nearly complete. Hanging the drywall went quickly and I started the finishing process the first week of December. Then a combination of events and distractions basically stalled my progress for the next month and a half. Here is a list of things I did instead of finishing drywall:
  • Spent a week in Raleigh NC for work
  • Was sick for the next week (I get sick every time I fly)
  • Celebrated Christmas with Laura and Lex
  • Celebrated Christmas with Laura's family in Edgerton
  • Celebrated Christmas in Watertown
  • Helped Lon and Elise demolish their kitchen and install hardwood flooring. If you have a few minutes I would suggest reading his Blog post on the process as there were a few hilarious parts and the results were pretty sweet http://cheqmate5000.blogspot.com/2010/01/hardwood-flooring.html
  • Went to the "Domes" down in Milwaukee for a day
  • Celebrated new years and Lex's 4th birthday
  • Spent a weekend hanging out with Dustin and beating New Super Mario on the Wii
In between all that I was slowly working on finishing the drywall but when it comes down to it, its really just not my favorite thing to do and there was no real deadline pushing me to get it done. Last week however I kicked off the process to refinance my mortgage and then realized that this project needs to be done before I can get the appraisal done. I have 60 days to close the deal so I'm shooting to have the bathroom done by the middle of February.

Now that you've read through all that rambling here are some pictures of the drywall.

Here you can see the two layers of drywall on the shared wall. I ran the second layer over the nailing flange by using furring strips on the two studs closest to the tub. I chose not to fur out the whole wall to save time and the 1/8th inch difference in thickness is a non issue between two studs 16 inches apart.

Above you can see the last piece of drywall up.

Here you can see the water supply for the toilet coming out of the wall. The original supply valve was sweated onto the pipe from behind so I had to remove that and install a threaded elbow so that once the drywall was hung I could then thread in a nipple and valve. This took some time but went smoothly.

In this picture you can see I've started finishing the butt joint above the shower and some of the corner joints along with the shower spout. A few showers after first installing the shower spout I noticed that the threaded connection where the spout joins the supply pipe was leaking. I took the spout off and reinstalled it at least 5 times trying multiple types of plumbers dope and teflon tape and it just kept leaking. Through trial and error I found that a combination of plumbers dope and a few wraps of teflon tape was the trick.

I figured I'd better get the kitchen ceiling patched up while I'm in drywalling mode so I cut back all the water damaged areas and installed some plywood pieces to give me some solid areas to attach the new drywall to.

Here you can see the patch in place. I intentionally cut the hole close to two of the adjacent walls so that the seems will be easier to hide and won't require so much effort to feather out the mud.

Here you can see the walls after the first sanding. I learned my lesson last time a drywalled and have been very stingy when applying mud. When I did the last bathroom I eneded up sanding after every coat which took a ton of time and made a huge mess. By being careful while applying the mud this time the one sanding should be all I need except for a few areas that require touch up. In the picture you can also see a few pencil marks on the wall where I marked areas that still need some more mud.

The goal now is to have the walls finished and painted this weekend and to start tiling next week. Hopefully things work out as planned :)

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