The Spacklers Were Here This Morning

Four spacklers came back this morning. In 2 1/2 hours they did quite a few butt joints and they also applied mud around the windows and deep sills.


Here’s Bill’s old bedroom (and here is the 1-minute video I took when his hoard was in it). I’m not into ghosts or spirits but I often think I feel Bill’s invisible presence in the house.

This was the first room where John hung drywall. Because this was the first room, there were many butt joints which is something you want to avoid when hanging drywall.

Fortunately, when I wrote a blog post about hanging the drywall, a couple of followers immediately alerted us to the fact that their were too many butt joints. John made sure to avoid that from happening in all the other rooms (as much as he could).

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Victor, the spackler, did a great job on the deep window sills. John had to hammer a nail in the corner bead on the left afterwards. This was the one room where he used plastic corner bead rather than metal. Plastic corner bead is installed with spray. After the spackling was done, he noticed a section of the plastic was not adhering to the corner so he nailed it.


This is the linen closet across from Bill’s bedroom entrance. It’s a cute size, 1954-style! John will build shelves (another winter project).


More deep window sills in the dining area…


Painting is on the winter project list and a new front door. I stuffed a rag in the front door hole where Bill had his tiny camera installed.

The door I had bought was returned–I didn’t like the way it looked. I prefer a solid door sans a window.


Looking into the kitchen which will be painted first (white) followed with flooring.

14 thoughts on “The Spacklers Were Here This Morning

  1. Bravo ! Things are looking great ! No matter how twisty the road was to get here, you’re in a good place and looking good! It’s wonderful to see John buttoning up the siding, and your spacklers onto the odds & ends. I admire your style and grace-under-pressure ! The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. What a change from the Horde ! Keep it up, I really enjoy and appreciate your sharing of this Journey. Thanks, Sue.
    Take care.

      1. I think that’s lovely you kept in touch and were there for him.

        No one should die alone or with strangers. (A fate I suspect will be mine.)

  2. I’m so glad about your being able to get tapers in! Are you going with a textured surface? Knock down, or orange peel or just a smooth wall? Am sad to hear that Bill has passed, I think he would have been amazed with all the progress.

      1. Love it! I’m trying to convince hubby we should do Venetian plaster in our kitchen, just seal it so that it doesn’t get gross behind the stove. If I’m successful, I’ll let you know and share our progress, gotta love our fixers!

        1. I love Venetian plaster. You never have to paint again. Make sure you have it waxed after it’s done. It will make it easier to maintain.

          If you’re going to do Venetian Plaster in the kitchen, consider installing a tile mural of some sort behind the stove. Makes it much easier to clean. You can incorporate it into the backsplash to tie everything in.

      2. Excellent choice. I have lathe and plaster in my old house but the walls are not smooth. I wish they were. Then when I have to patch or repair, I don’t have to spend time trying to match the texture.

    1. A sheet rock panel (drywall) is 1/2″ thick which is the EDGE of the board. There’s the straight edge 1/2″ thick end and there is a 3/8″ thick beveled side (the long side). When the 3/8″ beveled side is butted to another beveled side, it creates a slight concave joint (joining of both boards). This requires LESS spackle (mud). When the 1/2″ side is butted to another 1/2″ side it creates a gap requiring a lot of spackle, rather than a narrow stripe of spackle, it will be a large square surface of spackle–about 6″ on each side of the butt joint. So more spackling is required, more mud and more sanding for a smooth surface.

      The reason why we had too many butt joints in the first room was due to using 8′ sheet rock panels instead of 12′ sheet rock panels. Larger panels eliminate butt joints. After the first room, we only used 12′ sheet rock panels throughout the house.

      1. Thank you for explaining that. I was just looking through the comments to see if anyone else had asked what was so bad about butt joints. 🙂

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