Like Watching Drywall Dry

Among many home improvement projects that hit the list (again) this year, finishing the basement bathroom has been the must-do. Sure the walls upstairs need a new coat of paint. Sure the trim outside still hasn’t been finished since you painted the siding before you went to Florida (which Facebook has kindly reminded you was four years ago this week). The bathroom, though, it is the priority.

Roughed-in when we built the house twenty years ago, it just needs finishing touches. And it turns out “finish” does not start anywhere near the finish line. Nope. “Finish” means:

  • Adjust the spacing of the toilet drain in the floor.
  • Bring the shower drain up and inlet pipes down to the base of the shop sink.
  • Cap the copper and cut back the drain pipe we no longer need in case we might again someday.
  • Turn the four-plug outlet 180-degrees toward the room in the back.
  • Turn the washing machine outlet to match (Thanks, Dave!).
  • And, yes, drywall a few walls to break up the metal flashing that was the original finish for the walls.

Drywalling is this week’s task, which means:

  • cut and cornerbead around the window.
  • frame before doing the same to the opening of the storage space above the door.
  • cut around the exhaust vent flue (three words which I think all mean the same thing; hopefully you know what I mean).
  • Cut out for the two copper pipes.
  • Tape.
  • Mud.

Now we wait. Just four hours shy of a 24-hour drying window and the corner is still clay grey, which means I cannot texture yet. That was the plan for this morning.

And if I can’t texture, then priming and painting have to wait, too.

So writing this is the alternative to watching drywall dry. It is the antidote for muscles aching from hefting and holding and hammering. It is the moment of respite; I’ll be back at it again before I know it.

And if all goes well then I am just a watching-texture-and-paint-dry skip and a jump away from a weekend spent

  • filling the whole in the floor
  • hooking up the toilet and sink
  • installing the door and ceiling panels
  • cutting and hanging trim and
  • assembling cabinets.

The finish line is indeed closer than it was before. Maybe just a dry wall away.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jaclynfre says:

    I’m in awe of those who are handy around the house. I attempted to paint a door red and then hired a professional to do this. The precise, detailed work of quality physical labor is an incredible skill. Cheering for you!


  2. That’s some heck of a complex job! Anything that involves basements and plumbing is complicated. We talked to someone about putting a sink in downstairs since my kids have a room where they do art. When I heard what was involved (and the high price tag), my response was, “They can come upstairs to wash the paint off of their hands.”
    I hope you’re happy with the finished results once this project is complete!


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