Going Down to the Basement

I wrote about hanging drywall in the basement stairwell  a couple of weeks ago (you can see photos here).

Before John screwed in the drywall under the stairs, he wrote the blog address on the riser. Maybe in 50 or 100 years, someone will come across it and say something like, “What’s a blog?” or “I wonder why someone wrote this?”

I asked John, “Did you use a ruler to write that so perfectly?” He said, “No.”

He covered it up.

The 17′ I-beam in the above and below photos supports the second floor in the original part of the house. The beam is the length of the bonus room and garage.

The spackling and sanding is finished. Now it’s time to prime.

The stairs to the  left go up to the living room and kitchen.

And to the right of the stairwell is the bonus room.

John is using The Drywall Hawk with Wood Handle to hold the joint compound (click here). Here’s another brand, for less money. And this one is under $25. You can also use a mud pan (we have a couple), click here.

Walboard putty/tape knives used:

6″ (click here)

8″ (click here)

12″ (click here)

Walboard Utility Knife used for cutting drywall (click here)

5 thoughts on “Going Down to the Basement

  1. What a delightful idea: to tuck messages in to various parts of a new construction project! YOU ARE AMAZING, JOHN!!

  2. When we built our house we left messages on the drywall inside closets. Big events of the time (1973) our initials and our love for the house we were building. When I changed wallpaper or wall colors we let our kids draw pictures too.

  3. When my Dad was adding on to our house, he would drop pennies into some of the stud spaces before adding insulation.

    It’s traditional to drop coins and newspapers into areas of construction before walling them up.

    I didn’t find anything fun in my house except for the blueprints for the 1949 remodel, but they were on the shelf in the closet. Kinda fun to see that they didn’t do everything exactly as indicated in the blueprints.

  4. My compliments to John for doing all the drywall installation and taping. It is THE major project of house building. Well done sir…a whole bunch of time doing an intricate job for a newbie (not anymore).

    1. Now that all the drywall is finished, he’s almost a pro!! Thanks, Bruce! It wasn’t easy but it was the only way for us to do it.

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