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Artroom Expansion 11

The electrician is on my ass! He wants to show up tomorrow morning to install the plugs and plates, because he is going on vacation. I tried vacation once. Screwed me up something fierce.

Because he is so damn good, I am taping like a cat with bacon tied to its tail. Taping is done, and tomorrow I am sanding and priming spots he needs. Like the ceiling where we are installing florescent fixtures on the ceiling.

The color variation is not your eyes or my camera. The white areas are speedset, the yellow/beige areas are USG Dust Control mud. On the left is the sub panel for the electric for this room, with circuits for the kilns, interior and exterior plugs and lights.

The wall seams are not centered as this room is only 7' high.

This is the east wall where the kilns will live. On the left, the square hole is for the exhaust fan. the outlet box below it is for the thermostat, that will fire it up when the kilns are running.

This is the south wall with the small window acting as the fresh air intake for the fan.

This is the west wall where the sink will be mounted. We are using an angled shower pan as the sink. Some counter and shelving will complete this wall.
Hopefully, I will have this painted by Sunday afternoon. Then the client will paint the floor with a two step garage paint. As I have gotten older, I have developed an extreme sensitivity to solvents,(like blinding headache, puking, wobbling around) so it is one of the remodeling tasks I no longer do.
While it is drying, like three days, I will be building cabinets and parts for the artroom as well as the sinkand counter bases.

Drywall Damage Repair – Seams

Drywall does amazing things. It is also fragile. Dropping, water, forklifts all contribute to damaging drywall. Seams are the long factory edges on drywall. It is where the recess is.

It will get hammered especially if you are new to drywall, and drop it. When it gets dropped the edge rolls and gypsum gets crushed. It also loosens the paper.

Here is a seam that has a problem. Because of its location on the sheet it most likely was damaged by a forklift.
To repair this damage, we cut out the damaged section, and remove loose paper. Do this for any damage in your room.
Next we mix up a small batch of speed set/hot mud. It comes in a bag dry, you add a small amount of water and mix it by hand with your knife in the mudpan.

We then prefill the holes with our mud. Fill left to right, wipe down right to left. Or the other way if you are left handed.

After it sets, run your knife across it to remove any ridges you may have left. It will shrink back a little. If you use premix mud, you will have to wait at least 24 hours before you can do this again.

Next, mix up another batch and repeat it.

Your 'finished' repair should be at the same level as the undamaged drywall around it. This is so the tape coat will be consistent when you get to that stage.
See? Like it never happened.

Artroom Expansion 10 The Red Rosin Paper Caper

Taping and sanding drywall is one of the messiest parts of remodeling. The Artroom Expansion Project is at that stage. We have already decided that the floor will be getting an epoxy floor coating. To make it look good, we need a flat, smooth, finish. It is one of the reasons we had the lads from Chayse Concrete do the slab. Manny has a zen thing going with a finish trowel.

Hanging the drywall creates its own mess. Between cutting, trimming, buffing, and sliding it around, crap builds up on the floor.

To make the epoxy application go smoothly, and not wanting to be chipping, scraping, and mopping, we are protecting the floor with Red Rosin Paper,(aka Builders Paper). RRP is about twice as thick as brown paper bag paper. It is tough stuff, and provides a much better walking surface than using plastic sheeting which will tear by thinking hard.

The first thing to do is to sweep/vac the floor.
Second, we wipe the perimeter of the room with water and a sponge.
Third we put down a line of tape as close to the wall as possible. In my case it is blue tape.
Next we roll out the Red Rosin Paper and apply tape to the paper and the tape line we have already established. We do this to the entire perimeter of the room. We are only taping the wall side down.
After we have our wall sheet down, we fill in the rest of the room by covering the edges and taping them down.
You now have floor cover that will collect the mudsharks, drops, dust and other crap including the primer and paint. Light sweeping between coats will keep the clutter down. You need reasonable care when walking around, and this should last from tape to paint.

P.S. This works well on your living spaces too.

Printing Houses

Prefabrication of houses has been going on for a long time. A new wrinkle is

which  is a layered fabrication technology, which is basically a large concrete printer for housing.

Building Codes

50 State Building Codes have been posted.

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Artroom Expansion 9

While you were celebrating Labor Day, I was hanging drywall.


Next Up, taping and beading.