Workshop Development #64: Okay I admit it. I work SLOWLY sometimes...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-06-2013 05:05 PM 2746 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 63: Workshop status, and what has been keeping me away... Part 64 of Workshop Development series Part 65: Back to the wall after the LONG wait! »

After some unexpected issues over the last two weekends, I ended up with not much else done to my drywall. I did manage to get my remaining upper panel cut. If I can con LOML into helping me out tonight, I should be able to get that up into place this evening, and then start on the bottom. Once the top is finished, I need to insure the stud locations are VERY clearly marked, and then get to work on making a panel lifting jig to jam the lower pieces into place so I can get the screws started… I don’t look forward to the second lower panel. I have pipes, outlets, and access holes I need to insure are there for the main water shutoff etc… that I need to work around. Yuck…

Funny thing is, when I was younger, I had the friends available to do these sorts of projects, but no money to do them in, now I have some funds, all my friends are busy raising their families, no time to work on these sorts of projects… Stinks..

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Chris Mobley

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 06:15 PM

We all hit snaggs sometimes! Keep your chin up and keep up the hard work!
Chris Mobley

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 06:39 PM

Your studs will most likely be evenly spaced and should line up with you drywall… (I think its called Gibb here in NZ). example here in NZ the Gibb is 2.4 (2400mm) x 1.2 (1200mm) so you make the stud centres 600mm and the dwags if you decide to put them in are at similar spacing.

All dwangs do is sto the twising of te main studs

Sorry don’t know the imperial conversions doh.

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 07:20 PM

What are dwangs?

For what it’s worth. yes my studs should be evenly spaced with 16” OC spacing. However should be, and reality are two distinctly different things. Hence the need to mark the wall so that I know EXACTLY where the middle of the studs is once I get tape, mud, and paint up… I have a couple of studs that are off by as much as 2”, so that if I try to just measure from where I know one is, to 16” over, I may or may not hit a stud… It’s infuriating…

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 07:37 PM

Nighthawk. Never mind, just found out. Dwangs = Blocking. The horizontal member of a wall.. These particular walls do not utilize such members. Simply footers, upright studs, and headers to cap it off. Lousy 1980s building codes…

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 07:41 PM

If you want some practice…..
You can come to Vermont and work on my shop!!!
Just trying to do my part to further your skill set!!! Lol.

If you start hanging out at the bars….
You may meet some people with time on their hands that can help!!!

Good luck with the shop upgrades & remember to post pictuers because….
No pictures…...

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 02:29 AM

If I start hanging out at bars I might need to make friends with a lawyer though. Forget it. I actually got a good wife this time… I kind of want to keep her around…

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 04:19 AM

Having dealt with exactly the situation you are dealing with, I depend on stud location. I never assume where the stud will be. And I am sure you don’t either. Except for work in my shop I hire it done…....wait a minute, this is work in your shop!!. OK, in my shop I do stuff myself. Not beyond asking for help from Sherie. But I admit, I have not been hanging drywall. I run some electric, hang some cabinets, etc.

OK, could you have a sheetrock hanging bee?........and promise to reciprocate?

You know what is happening to you, why you can’t rally the troops? You are getting old, yes old, content, good marriage, the whole nine yards. You are a victim of circumstance…..good circumstance. Things could be worse.

I admit it, I don’t have a solution. Mostly I just hire people, which may not work for you. But you ought to think about it.

Well, here at the vacation home….settling down after dinner. The last few days I made a small cabinet, basically a 12” cube to house all my internet gizmos. Not easy, since this shop is pretty limited. But I will blog about it, because what it replaces is pretty ludicrous.

Today I again had a foray into the Grizzly showroom at their corporate headquarters in Bellingham, WA. 30 miles from here. Bought some measuring and sharpening gear. But the array of woodworking and metal working machinery is really something. They also sell all kinds of stuff that they don’t make, so it is really a great store. Sure wish they had a store like that in Anchorage.

Well have a good one. Get creative in finding help.

Have a good evening…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 10:15 PM

I would have hired the job out. LOML doesn’t want strangers in the shop. She’s worried someone will break in while we are at work…

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