Garage Organization By a Newbie #3: Moving Forward, and Some Pictures

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Blog entry by CyBorge posted 05-30-2010 07:11 AM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Progress has slowed a bit. A pulled or overworked back muscle is hindering me a little, but I have also been spending more time taking care of the lawn. I did manage to get a few pictures taken, though. For starters, here is the pile of lumber recovered from the old work bench:



Here are the cabinets. Note the…um…attractive strawberry decorations that hint at what these cabinets were originally used for. That was a fun little surprise. I guess that’s why a previous owner spray painted these things.


This is where the cabinets were installed before I took them down. The paint outline shows exactly where they were located. This picture gives a pretty good look at how the drywall color has changed with exposure. You can also see a light switch on the left wall, which controls the ceiling outlet (barely visible next to the taped joint). After this project is done I will probably tap that outlet for some new light fixtures. I’m not sure whether to remove the existing outlet and hard-wire the lights or simply plug them in, but I will cross that bridge after I’ve burned it. :-)


Here are a couple pictures of some of the taped joints. Apart from the almost nonexistent top layer of mud, some of these joints are actually okay. There is lots of dirt and grime to clean up as well.



I took a broom to the wall shown in the pictures above, as well as part of the floor, ceiling, and adjacent wall. It did a surprisingly good job of cleaning things up. There are a couple of tough spots in the corner that will need a more firm hand, but generally speaking this wall won’t need a whole lot of cleaning attention before I can prime. Yay!

I used a utility knife to cut out several pieces of loose or bubbled tape. Two pieces had to be removed from floor to ceiling, but only a few short pieces needed to be removed from the rest of this wall. I got to thinking about the pros and cons of paper versus mesh fiberglass tape. What I decided was to use paper tape on the long joints and corner joints, as well as any with a significant height change between two adjacent pieces of drywall, and mesh tape for the short “patches” with good mating surfaces. I might actually switch to paper across the board, but we will see.

I used a sanding sponge for the first time today to level out the places where tape has been removed. It worked pretty darn well, even if it took a lot of time cleaning and recleaning the sponge. My next task is to clean up those joints, tape, and mud all the seams as well as a few of the sunken nail divots.

Though I still have every intention of doing this one section of the garage at a time, I realized a potential flow in my plans. The garage floor is about four steps higher than the door to the basement. This means there is a “well” in one corner. I can’t reach the top walls and ceiling of this corner from my step ladder. My extension ladder might be too long to stand it up inside the garage due to the ceiling. Even if it’s not, there is an upright freezer in the same corner, which would need to be moved out of there before I can even try the extension ladder. I don’t think the freezer is particularly heavy on its own, but it does have a bunch of food in it, and I’m not too thrilled about the prospect of moving it up the steps.

I am thinking about actually climbing on top of the freezer. That should give me enough height to reach the ceiling. Does anybody know if this is safe (structurally speaking)? It looks/feels strong enough, but I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone standing on top of a freezer before.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 08:26 PM

It looks like your still going ahead with the full bore clean up. I think the fridge will hold you but is that a good idea with you back problem. How about a ladder?

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 08:35 PM

Get your self a good tall step Ladder. You will not regret it. When I was making my shop, between lifting 4×8 sheets of dry wall and falling off of some make shift ladders/standing spots, I had to stop work for 6 months for back surgery. That was 2 years ago. I haven’t fallen off of my 10’ ladder (yet, I’m kind of a klutz).
On the paper vs fiberglass tape, I’ve seen that if you use premix drywall mud you should use paper tape exclusively. Fiberglass is fine for mix your own mud. The article (which I can’t find) said it had something to do with dry times.
Anyway, the best with the project.

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 01:01 AM

My back problem is really just a nuisance right now and should be fully healed after a few more days. I may not heal quite as fast as I used to, but I’m still young enough to climb on things if my idiot self says that’s the best way to go about doing something! :-)

I have a 6’ step ladder, which is more than adequate most of the time. The reason a step ladder won’t work in this particular corner is because there is about a three foot gap between the side wall and the main floor of the garage. I would need stilts on one side! There might be enough room to put the ladder at the bottom of the stairs directly under the corner, but that’s where the freezer is and I’m hoping to get around having to move that thing. I’m sure I will figure something out.

Interesting comments on drywall tape. From what I understand, paper tape is stronger and less prone to cracking. It also lays flatter and is easier to get a smooth joint with. And, it is pretty much the only way to get a good corner without resorting to specialty products. However, it is harder to use correctly and will bubble/blister if not done right. I got started with it today, and will more than likely do all the walls with paper. Maybe not the ceiling, though. I’m not a big fan of working above my head.

-- "How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?"

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 02:11 AM

I don’t think you will want to get on top of your freezer. Just my opinon. I do things like this all the time and I almost always regret it. I’m starting to learn my lesson though.

Great to see these pictures. I think I’ll just use some of yours for me next blog pictures. The drywall is almost identical to mine. Same with some of the grime. I didn’t go nuts cleaning. Just got the big stuff off and went with Kilz2 Primer. I think it looks pretty good, but it take a lot of coats.

Great work and good for you saving from the old bench. more than saving $’s, you are keeping useable material from a landfill.

Looking forward to more posts!

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