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September 2007
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Guest Bath Soffit Adventures 1

Next to the walk in closet is the guest bath. The client doesn’t like soffits much. So…. we are killing them.
This was one of those last minute things that took place as the tinmen were getting ready to unload material and move the ducting in the attic. On the right side is the wall for the small hall closet, and the side of the sink. I guess they thought is was a good idea to put a soffit here, despite the fact that it required extra labor and materials from the framers, the tinmen, and the finish crew.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Enough about designers and their ideas of cool, what really chaps my ass is this romex flopping in the breeze. This is plain laziness. By code this is to be stapled down or run through the studs. Why? So the damn drywallers do not short circuit your electricity by spiking the wire when they hang drywall. The inspector should have caught this during the electric rough in inspection. But hey, he didn’t say anything about the return nonsense in the old closet.

So to solve this problem, we chisel out a channel to run the wire and cover it with a nail plate. This is one of those construction items you should never need, but it is nice to know that they make them.

Having fixed the wire, I hang and tape the drywall. On the right is the new outside corner which as a short length of cornerbead behind the mud to straighten the vertical corner.

While we are in here, the soffit over the tub is history. I bagged the walls, which are tiled, and over the sink and toilet, so that there is little mess to clean up. But wait! What is that white thing in the middle of the soffit?

It’s the damn alarm wire. The alarm guy installed the wire and sensor after the house was finished, so he gets a pass, as this is the only way he was able to fish his wire. There is no space for anybody over three feet tall to get a tool in this space as this is an outside wall and there is no room to practically drill this wire into the wall.

So we add alarm wire to the list of things to pickup.

The Walk In Closet Project - Episode 4

Now that the tin men are done, we installed a new 36” pocket door, sheetrocked the closet side and are ready to finish the drywall on the bedroom side.

The sheetrock hanging is done, and screwed off. (Note: We used 1” screws on the pocket door frame so the screws will not interfere with the operation of the door) I choose to screw the drywall just because it is a better fastening method and in the case of the pocket door frame, nailing would just bounce off the frame.

On the bedroom door side, with the soffit removed and the ducting cut back,they have gained 20 square feet more room in the bedroom.
Taping will use both paper and mesh tape. Paper tape will be used on the seams and inside corners of the new drywall, and mesh tape will be used on the transitions between the new drywall and the existing construction.

I have also used blue painters tape to cover the trim over the bedroom door and the new pocket door frame. This allows me to build up the mud coats to get the walls flat, and not spend extra time having to scrape and chip mud off the trim later.

The pocket door side has its first coat of tape and mud. I used speed set here for mudding as there are some elevation differences and gaps that would take extra time to dry with regular mud, In the case of gaps and elevations, regular mud shrinks back and cracks, requiring much more time to finish.

The bedroom door side is taped and will require using smaller knives to tape as the ductwork protrudes from the wall just a little bit, and using a large knife will just fill up the duct, and smear mud on the trim and floor.

This is one of the areas that we will be remodeling. The closet being finished, so that clothing that is scattered in different closets around the casa can be consolidated, will allow us to work on the master bath which will be getting an extensive makeover. Today we will be going out and looking at different storage solutions.

Some remodeling has plans down to the millimeter, some projects morph as conditions change and are seat of the pants deals. I like these projects as I love the challenge of thinking on my feet and adapting ideas as projects progress. New construction is boring. But that’s just me.