House Addition/Renovation #8: Hanging Drywall And Painting

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-13-2019 02:02 PM 1077 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Insulating and final demo (I think) Part 8 of House Addition/Renovation series Part 9: Installing Kitchen Cabinets »

For the next few days I will be proctoring Keystone (PA Standardized) Tests, so I figured I can catch up a bit on posting the progress of our Addition project. The last time I posted, we had a small victory of getting the First floor kitchen opened up and insulation installed in the new kitchen/dining room and new bedroom upstairs. We were able to take the Zipwall down and were able to get a good glimpse into what the future would hold.

Here’s a view from the opposite corner:

All of that demo left just a little bit of cleanup to take care of:

After getting all of that tossed into the dumpster, it was time to start putting up some wall board. I knew that I wouldn’t have that much time to work on hanging wallboard (other than nights/weekends by myself) and this was a really big job. Luckily, my in-laws came through and helped us out with getting it done as a Christmas Gift for the whole family.

Those are some long 12’ pieces….

Starting with the upstairs bathroom.

And into the new Bedroom:

Down the steps:

And into the new Kitchen:

Now about this time, I realized that the BRAND NEW back door was leaking a bit. Its important to note this, because, it had really only been installed about 4-6 weeks prior, and was BRAND NEW. Also, some of the paint was chipping/pealing right where the handle hardware was installed.

This is of some importance, mostly because this posting is of picture from more than a year ago (pictures of the door were actually taking February 22, 2018) and I am still dealing with this issue. Its not that the company didn’t want to take responsibility for the defective product, but rather, I have gone through 5, yes FIVE exterior doors since then between 2 different companies and it is still not resolved.

The original door (door 1) was custom order from Masonite doors, and we paid extra to have it painted a specific color. The first replacement (door 2) was just the slab and would have fixed the leak, but it had a big dent in it from shipping. So we had to call Masonite back and get the second replacement door (door 3) which had large scratches in it when unwrapped at the store. The third replacement door (door 4) was wrapped with a foam pad before the paint had fully cured, so when we unwrapped it at the store the door that was supposed to be smooth had a slight texture to it. At this time the manager at Lowe’s was supremely pissed off, so we decided that we were going to abandon Masonite and go with a whole other company. They purchased a door for me from MMI doors (slightly more expensive but Lowe’s covered the added cost) and about a month after I replaced the whole door (frame and all) I saw this:

a closer look:

so here we are, roughly 17 months after the original purchase date of the first door, and I am still having issues. Good Gawd y’all.

Anyways, back to the original story…. It was time to prime and paint the wall, which meant all hands on deck!

Meadow was kicking butt with that roller:

And Daphne has her good work shoes on.

Then we worked downstairs as the kitchen cabinets were coming in soon. Here’s a few shots of the walls after getting them all painted. we decided to paint the whole walls even though most of them would be covered with cabinets anyhow.

Moving counter-clockwise..

And that pretty much sums up this chapter of the project. Next post will be about installing the cabinets and flooring.

Thanks for stopping in to checkout the progress. I should be able to get another post up tomorrow, as well.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-13-2019 04:40 PM

lookin real good tooch,great construction crew youve got there.that door issue just doesn’t want to go away u.looking fprward to seeing more.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 05:06 PM

Tooch, this looks like you are doing the job right. I am putting your wife and daughter up for sainthood for putting up with all this. Buy a fiberglass door and paint it yourself.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 05:08 PM

That is coming along nicely. Looking great buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 09:15 PM

Nice progress, Mike. That will essentially be a brand new house!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-14-2019 02:38 AM

Having BTDT I can only agree with Big Al, no doubt a patience tester in many ways.

Its good the family are at an age that they can enjoy participating, no doubt a topic for School News (if they still do that) .

The door well what more can be said.

Its a pity you cannot get a professional job done by students at HHS but thats possibly not allowed any more.

What is in it?... it looks like builders bog?

After inspecting the rest of the house I see great work throughout, by all concerned.
I am off to look up what proctoring means, and BTW what happent to the pool is it a low priority?.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 05-14-2019 02:56 AM

Good luck to you. It’s looking good. Doing a lot of drywall here this week. It’s killing me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-14-2019 02:56 AM

Well that was fairly simple:-

proc·tor (prŏk′tər)
A supervisor especially of an examination or dormitory in a school.
tr.v. proc·tored, proc·tor·ing, proc·tors
To supervise (an examination).

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 05-14-2019 07:54 AM

well this was very nice.

-- julfeker ali tareq

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#9 posted 05-14-2019 08:01 AM


OMG its yet another spammer you seem to attact them!
Its obviously because of your fine work!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 05-14-2019 09:20 AM


OMG its yet another spammer you seem to attact them!
Its obviously because of your fine work!

- robscastle

I think they just go after low hanging fruit…

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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