We didn’t have any special tools to work with drywall, so we ended up mostly using the multitool. For some of the larger cuts, I used a circular saw (though that kicked up a crapton of debris).
The whole Visqueen process was way, way easier than I thought it would be. Though it took a while for us to get the plywood installed officially, the Visqueen part went by super quick.
I’m now much less daunted about applying Visqueen and dry wall across the entire basement. I think with a full day, Liz and I could likely power through the rest of the basement.
Given how sick I’ve been, these last few days – I haven’t had time to go back and finish up the plywood in the back basement. As soon as that’s done, we’ll have drywall to work with – and can hopefully finish up that back area.
If you look at the measurements in the first photo, the top right corner shows 10/16″. But what it actually was was 1 10/16″. And that threw off my subsequent measurements. Ugh!
Bob was over last night, finishing off the remaining bit of work on the joists… making way for the new header. It’s the first of two large pieces that replace the old/warped boards tha twe took out, a few days ago.
While looking into a space where the pocket doors area, Bob reached in and found this bit of newspaper – lodged pretty far inside.
Though we were both a little tired from the work day (and were feeling 50/50 about hour “house night”), Liz and I sucked it up and suited up. We both were at work in the basement, with her painting and me clearing out the back area again.
Using a bottle jack to get the top part of the frame in place. Things I learned today: the to of the jack unscrews, and can extend a few more inches – if you’re ever in a pinch.
Liz and I have returned to a more focused, consistent schedule on the house. With the events of the last few months settling down, we’re renewing our time and effort back to having a routine where we work on the house at set times during the week.
The day shot by really fast. House days tend to do that. Even though we try to aim to finish by 3PM, we always go over – propelled by the momentum of the day. It’s a good and bad thing, as we put in a solid day… but spent most of the day working.
On Sunday, Bob and I spent a good part of the day working in the basement – adding in studs to the support beam, and prepping for the wall that would enclose both the stairs and the bathroom.
Bob and Julie came by over the weekend, and spent a long Sunday afternoon helping us work on the house. While Julie and Liz were outside working on the yard, I was down in the basement with Bob.
Tonight, Bob was over and helped us set up a new Craftsman Table Saw we purchased. Additionally, he brought over a replacement for our miter saw, which was working fine… but a piece of errant wood broke off the guard. Thankfully, the warranty we got covered a full replacement – so Bob helped set up both.
So did you know that you can order paint via Amazon? It’s true. But so far, our experience has been that the act of delivering paint is easier said than done.
Liz, working with the impact drill.