Sunday, September 30, 2007

What is it about the dust?

Corner bead at typical window jamb/sill

Monday October 1, 2007
As some of the photos clearly show, sheetrocking is dusty business. It's absolutely everywhere. Friday the hanging crew was able attach all of the sheets, save for two or three, Saturday they hung the rest and installed all of the corner beading (the white plastic edges) for mudding against. No trim in our house means lots of perfect corners, that's the way I'm picturing it at least.. The mudding and taping should begin tomorrow.

Living Space looking toward future kitchen alcove

The bedroom photo below shows the technique we're using to eliminate the need for base trim. We've attached a 7/8" pine strip at the floor temporarily which the drywall rests on. This gives an edge to mud against and will be removed after the primer has been sprayed. This allows us to slip the 3/4" thick flooring + rosin paper beneath it and still maintain expansion space and a small reveal above it. I've always felt trim is an unnecessary element, mostly from an aesthetic point of view but as with many things in this process of trying to accomplish something a little out of the ordinary, one realizes the true value of trim. The trim allows the drywallers to be less fussy with what they do at the base of the wall and it automatically creates a space for the flooring to expand, the joint is covered by the trim. I still dislike trim, I'm hopeful the drywall finishing is precise enough to pull this detail off.

Bedroom One

The terrible photo below is of the pocket door tracks installed. The hardware set is by Johnson, ball bearing carriers, extra heavy duty set. We've thrown out the vertical framing members that came with the kit and substituted 2x LSL (laminated strand lumber). Engineered lumber is much stiffer and will keep the pocket from moving over time...don't plan to use any KD Spruce (regular framing lumber) for this type of job, it will move over time and your door won't open. The wall is also a 2x6 wall, not the more typical 2x4 which allows for beefier framing around the opening.

We should be painting by the weekend...and more insulation for the floor system this time. I'm just itching to do more of that.

Pocket door I-track at door head


Sandstrom said...

I'm curious about how the drywall without baseboard solution you came up with came out, did it work as well as you expected? I'm in the same spot right now and trying to think of the best way around it. Also, did you put another 2x4 at the bottom of the framing then to compensate for the raised height of the drywall to allow them to screw the drywall into?

House looks great by the way, good job!

youngblood said...

I'd probably do this detail differently next looks fine but the mudding job at the base is inconsistent and I couldn't afford a skim-coat which would've evened things out. The floor definitley moves beneath it so having the no-coat at the bottom edge allows that to happen without cracking.
Two things I might suggest if you like the sheetrock to the floor look, first, try using a tear away bead from Trim-Tex, you might try the flat tear bead, others will work too ( ). This allows you to mud against a vinyl surface that you eventually tear away leaving a crisp edge. Second, you might try and use a Pittcon ( ) reveal, keep it 1/4" and you'll be happy. Don't sweat adding the 2x, they'll screw it at the studs or block if they're nervous.
Good luck with your project.