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May 2005
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Taping Drywall

Well we have hung the drywall, and now it is time to tape it.


One of the things that I have discovered is that I work better in a room devoted to my business. I have also discovered that working from home has it’s advantages. Low Rent, Short Commute, and the ability to hang out with my dogs.

This physical/psychological separation helps me to stay on task. The previous world headquarters was completed about 6 months prior to selling that house. Having been in that house for 14 years, time moved a bit differently.

With the damage caused by the storm here a few weeks ago, requiring the replacement of half of the ceilings in casa lemurzone, knowing I would be building a new office, there is no time like the present to do this at the same time.

So I will be enclosing the carport, extending the heating and air conditioning to the new space, adding a subpanel with an isolated ground circuit for power and the computers. A trip to the local York distributor confirmed that my heating/ac unit is large enough to handle the additional load.

My house is currently 850 square feet livable, and the enclosure will add 300 square feet to that. The exterior walls and the ceilings will be 5/8″ drywall, as the joists are at 24″ on center and the additional stiffness as well as the improved 1 hour fire rating will be a plus. The exterior walls currently 3.5″ deep will be expanded to allow for 6″ R 19 fiberglass insulation not only reducing the HVAC load, but also as sound insulation, which is a plus living under one of the landing zones for Sky Harbor Airport.

I will also be adding a roofed awning to the front and the west side of the building which will further help with reducing the heat gain and loss with this addition.

Ya I know that I said that I was too old for this shit, but this will probably my last house and remodeling project. Besides a friend of mine will be on the other end of the drywall.

Stay tuned….

Light Fixture Mounting

As part of the disaster from One of Those Days, the kitchen ceiling is going to be replaced. This is a photo of what the last guy did when he remodeled.
The ceiling box is attached to a cheap ass mounting bracket. These are used all over to set the electric boxes in tract houses all over the country. If you never plan to install a ceiling fan or hang a fixture that has more than one bulb, this is probably okay.

These brackets are not made for the homeowner, they are used to reduce the labor in building houses and you will never see them, unless of course you have a disaster, or you are having a custom home built.

I am going to replace this turkey with wood backing so that I can install a 4 bulb 4′ florescent light in my kitchen. I will also be installing backing in both the joist spaces on either side of this location. Being able to screw the fixture into solid wood is a good thing.

The next owner will thank me.