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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.

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