Saturday, October 31, 2015


Twenty-two years ago this is where I was:

Yes, I had a baby girl on Hallowe'en morning, 1993.

This year I was sanding drywall.  This drywall has done me in.  I am finally finished and got one coat of primer on the walls I added to the workshop. What a fussy, time-consuming job. I suppose it turned out okay, but don't ask me to drywall your house. As my late father-in-law would say "it's good from far but far from good."

I'd rather have a baby!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Here is the drywalling finished at the corner of the walls that enclose my small washroom in the workshop and will also contain my dust collection system:

 Taping, one outside corner and first coat of mud is on:

Here is a small corner I had to create when I took down a larger wall:
Here it is taped, two corners applied and one coat of mud:

Thanks for following along!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Finishing the Drywall and Soundproofing

I can't believe it took me almost two weeks to finish the drywalling.  I like working alone but it certainly would go a lot faster if I had a crew here working with me.

I am going to have my dust collection hooked up in the small washroom area.  It is a very loud machine and I have read that it's a good idea to soundproof the room.  So after researching, here's what I did:




ADDED FIRST ONE LAYER OF 1/2" DRYWALL, COVERED WITH ANOTHER LAYER OF 5/8" DRYWALL:  (when installing over the resilient channel, the drywall is screwed into the channel and NOT into the studs)

5/8" drywall is supposed to be better at deadening any sounds.  Each 4' x 8' sheet weighs about 70 lbs.  I found it almost impossible to work with.  Remember, I'm working alone... husband carried them in, but after that I was on my own. Normally, one would put a sheet horizontally, with another resting horizontally on top.  There was no way I could lift a sheet (even though this one would be 6' long) up 4' high to sit on the long edge of the bottom piece.  So, I cut one piece horizontally, as you can see in the above photo, so that I "only" had to lift the middle piece up 2'.  The top horizontal piece was 24" wide and I got my daughter to help lift it up there... we really struggled with it.

On the wall around the corner to the right of this one, I covered the 1/2" drywall that was already there, with 5/8" drywall.  I did not use the sound proof insulation, nor the resilient channel.

I forgot to take a photo of that, but it's done.

With the small amount of remaining insulation left, I filled in the new angled wall that I made by the stairs, and used standard 1/2" drywall to finish that off.

I also patched a corner where I took out a wall.  I'll show that in the next post, when I get to mudding.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Front Door

This is a photo of the front of my workshop when I bought it.

I thought I would be keeping  the front door but the more I looked at it...

the more I saw that it wasn`t in very good condition.

The bottom was rusted and separating from the door:

The door seals were painted over and brittle

and the threshold was coming apart from the wet and rotten wood under the sill

I decided that I had better buy a new door and remove the old one:

Some patching was required on the floor around the bottom of the door

My husband helped put the new door in on the weekend.  It was a cold and blustery day, so the help was welcomed.

I put some new trim around the edges to match the trim around the windows.  I scraped the old flaky paint off the three lower windows and painted them and the new door trim in white.

As you can see, the whole house needs painting, something that will have to wait for next year because I think it will not be warm enough over the next few months to get it done.

Now the screen door.

It was not in the best condition, the screen was broken through, the bottom piece was no longer attached and the bottom of the door was black, not something you would want to greet customers.

I took the door down and had Eric remove the screen and power wash it. The bottom horizontal piece had broken `tongues` so that it was no longer glued to the vertical pieces.

I made new biscuit type tongues to fit into the grooves of the vertical door sides.

I glued it back together and then put on a coat of primer and three coats of paint.  I tried to use spray paint but it was impossible to get into the curved areas, so I switched to painting by brush. It was quite a tedious job.  I sprayed the handle with black and bought new black hinges and put on a new screen.

I also sprayed the outside lights black and obviously need to make a new sign, but... I`m getting there!

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Monday, October 12, 2015


I have put up the drywall on one side of each wall I am building.

The first one is by the stairs, which divides the workshop from the retail area. I showed how I framed the walls in a previous post.

Here is the drywall up but not taped yet.

And here it is from the workshop side:

The other wall is to separate the workshop from the small washroom which I previously framed.

Actually I decided I would remove the drywall to the right of this spot.  I need to try and deaden the loud sounds that come from a dust collector which will sit in my washroom.  (I'll post more about this in future posts, but it includes a thick insulation between the walls, so I need to get between the studs for that.)

Here's the view from the washroom.  The taps you see are the plumbing for a washing machine, which I thought I would leave for future use if this is turned back into a house.

Now to sound proof and then tape and mud the drywall...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Clearing Space Around the Chimney

I have a chimney in the middle of my workshop area, so I'm going to have to work around it.  I left up some studs until I was sure that the second floor would not fall down!

This is how it was when I last shared the demolition of part of the walls:

My husband got a job, so I am working on my own all day at the shop.  I had to wait to clear the extra studs out until he could come over and put a jack post in the basement just beside the chimney.  That done, he then put a temporary post in the workshop beside the chimney and knocked out the remaining studs.

As you can see, the hardwood flooring around the chimney is cut and not so neat looking.

I will build a collar around the base of the chimney (and maybe even the top?) with original 2 x 4 studs taken from this room.  These are actual 2" x 4" pieces of wood... I wonder how old they are?

At this point I have a piece on the top and bottom and have added a metal jackpost to hold up the ceiling.  (This jackpost sits above the one in the basement)

Now the temporary post can come down... and the room is clear!

Well, as clear as it's going to get.

My husband suggested I box in the chimney with drywall.  I'm sure most of you reading this would say... keep it, it's got character.  I will be leaving the chimney as is, and I also have two pieces of duct that run heating up to the second floor, they are to the right beside the chimney.  I'll leave those as well and consider it "industrial" style.  At the back of the chimney are two original 2" x 4" studs.  I'm keeping those too, for support and appearance.

If you look closely you'll see there is some black soot on the two studs.  It looks like there may have been a close call with a fire at some point in the past!

As you can see from all the photos, I have a lot of patching and painting to do.  I'm not sure what all will get finished before I get to using the workshop, but I have just started the drywall today, so we'll see.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Framing Walls in Two Places

As I've said previously, I need to make a small wall between the workshop and the retail area.  I want to keep the retail spot as clean as possible, and having a woodworking shop beside it means they must be separated by a wall.

The last blog post left us with the laminate removed and the floor area patched where a grate once was. In fact that grate, that I thought was for heat, turned out to be a cold air return (oops!) Regardless, I did not want it there.

I had to frame an angled wall just past the stairs.

Here is the view from the other side where the workshop will be.  This shows why the wall had to be angled slightly, there is a window across from the stairs:

The other place I had to frame in a wall was where the washroom opens in to the workshop.  For some reason this was not framed in, there was a second washroom just in front of it, which had a sink in it and the floor plumbing for a toilet. I will keep the small washroom in the back corner, that room will also house my dust collection.

As you can see there is a lot of patching to do and drywall is not my forté.

I am happy with the progress, but still look forward to having my table saw and other tools out of storage and at the workshop.