Drywall’n In The House Tonight

Getting back to where I left off last we had our electrical inspection and……wait for it…..we didn’t pass. Boo! Luckily it was just very minor things that could easily be added/fixed. There were two locations where the holes we drilled to run wiring in the 2×4 walls were 1″ from the edge of the stud instead of the 1 1/4″ required per code. Yes our inspector was nit picking over 1/4 of an inch! (But overall the two inspectors in our area are actually pretty good guys.) I guess next time we need to measure where the center is instead of eyeballing it. We were able to quickly fix this with some $.60 metal cover plates to keep screws or nails from hitting the wire. Just hammer them in over the thinner area and you’re good to go. They do make the drywall bulge out a little in those areas though (kind of a bummer) but our existing walls are so wavy it will fit right in!

The one other request the inspector had before he passed us to continue had to deal with smoke detectors. He was requiring that we add one to the master bedroom but noted that starting in 2012 a new state law was requiring them in every bedroom for existing homes also. So any future inspection we ever have in the home he could ask us to add them in the other two bedrooms and the basement. We ended up installing 6 new detectors when all was said and done. I was bummed our nice clean bedroom ceilings would be ruined by smoke detectors that would be an eye sore when you’re in the bed sleeping. So I searched around and found a slim smoke detector, Kidde’s Silhouette.

I love the way the look! Too bad they don't have a smoke and CO combo unit that looks like that. Flannel Man added old work round electrical boxes for the smoke detectors but I failed to tell him these new smoke detectors I bought were square. Whoops! I ended up being square to the walls in the master bedroom but in the two spare bedrooms they are at an angle. For now they are staying that way because the boxes are foamed in place.

To follow up the inspector had no issue with us not having two outlets in the tiny hallway/entry to our master bedroom and said that because one wall was existing there were exceptions to the 12′ rule. He said we had plenty of convenience outlets around the room and noted that we had more outlets in the new smaller master bedroom than we had originally in the bigger master bedroom so it was no big deal. Apparently he doesn’t whip out the tape measure to keep everyone to the 12′ rule like he does for the 1 1/4″ rule (above) because it is not a safety hazard. Makes sense to me. We’re glad we have practical and relatively easy going inspectors compared to nearby cities. I’m telling you the country is where it’s at!

 

The electrical inspector returned to pass us so we could start adding insulation to the walls. You can find some good tips for insulating around electrical with fiberglass batt here. Like I said before we used some kraft faced insulation we already had plus some new unfaced insulation which is significantly cheaper. Because we were adding visqueen (aka. poly sheeting) to the mix we thoroughly slashed any facing that was going under it.

We picked the 6mil thick visqueen which was unnecessarily thick but it was only a few bucks more than the 4mil so we figured why not. The 6 mil wasn’t that much harder to work with but the one benefit I do see to the 4 mil is that the thinner sheets are see through. Why is that beneficial? Well what we didn’t know having never used visqueen before is that you typically keep the plastic covering the windows until after you’ve drywalled, mudded, and painted saving you time from having to tape them off again and again. So our nice treetop views out the new windows will be covered up for a long time. : ( Not a big deal but it’s kind of depressing not being able to see outside in ¼ of my house.

 

First we moved all of the drywall from our screened in porch and garage which was a task in itself with 8×10′ pieces. The stairs from the garage were too tight of a bend so the person on the stairs had to lift their end over their head onto the stair railing, crawl under the piece while the other person held the free end, pick it back up and position themselves first through the small opening for the built in leading to the master closet.

The first area that got drywalled was the master closet which only need a few pieces.

At the last minute I convinced Flannel Man to switch the attic access to just inside our new closet. Originally it was in a spare bedroom closet but to get to the access all of the shelving and things in the closet needed to be moved. It’s always been a pain and we’re just using it for spare storage right now. This new location will mean nothing needs to be moved to access the attic. Flannel Man built up the sides with spare 2×10 pieces so that the insulation won’t fall out of the hatch when it’s open.

The old closet door.

 

With all of the drywall to hang Flannel Man and Papa Flannel went into overdrive. Papa Flannel would stop by the house and wake up Flannel Man early everyday and they would work on it for 1-2 hours before Flannel Man had to go to work. He also came over on weekends he was available and the three of us had a hanging party. OK well not a party but I can pretend if I want right?

We also tried a new to us product called Green Glue to help soundproof some key walls. This is not the right way to apply the glue (DON’T DO THIS!). We tried it on our first wall and it was a complete fail. I’m doing a separate post on soundproofing and the right ways to use Green Glue so stay tuned.

Two layers of drywall were also used on those key walls for better soundproofing. This is the wall between our master bathroom and the bedroom.

The backside of that wall.

 

The view of our living room was slowly changing. For the first time in months we couldn’t see from one end of our house to the other.

Next up our master bedroom exterior wall.

And finally the long wall between the master bedroom and the living room. This wall is another wall we soundproofed.

Outlets in the wall had to be kept out extra deep. The electrician oringally thought that was an error on our part until we explained one side had two sheets of 1/2″ drywall and the other only had one. Another good reason we hung our own boxes!

The second layer of drywall going up. Notice the seams of the first piece were caulked up with acoustical sealant.

The view of the master closet from the bedroom now that there is drywall.

This has been our makeshift door to and from the construction zone for months. Every piece of drywall was brought through here. It’s going to be a built in bookcase for the entry but for now it’s our super skinny doorway.

My corner of the master bedroom. Sorry Flannel Man I called it!

The same corner from the entry door. Notice the awesomely slim smoke detector.

This stuff is so expensive! I hope it works well.

The right way to apply Green Glue.

 

Yipee we finally got the living room side of the long wall done. The 10′ pieces were harder to handle but they make quick work of this +20′ wall. Less seams are always good.

The green drywall is started in the master bathroom.

master entry smk det

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13 Responses to “Drywall’n In The House Tonight”


  1. 1 Mike @HA January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    NIce! It’s so fun to see the drywall go up and make the room look like… rooms. Confession: I almost told you to use nail plates in a previous post because one of the holes looked too close! I realized it was a knot in the wood, not a hole, so I didn’t say anything. I’m jealous of all your progress. We’d probably be done with the basement if I got up early and had someone to work with for a couple hours each morning but I don’t have any relatives that committed and I’m too tired/lazy to do it myself!

  2. 2 thejaydub January 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Should be “Kidde Silhouette” not “Kindle.”

    I understand the obvious motivation for soundproofing, but… was it really terribly important?

    • 3 Robin January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Whoops thank you! Yes it was important to us because we’ve been routinely waking each other up for the past 3 years. I work days and my husband works nights so we’re up and about at opposite hours. He gets home at 2am if that gives you an idea. With a ranch style home our master bedroom shares a 20′ wall with the living room (that used to be the wall our headboard was on too). We think it will be well worth the effort to soundproof if it helps either or both of us sleep through the night…this is our “forever” home so that could be for a long time. We also soundproofed the walls between the master bedroom and both bathrooms. Before we demoed both bathrooms I would use the main bathroom to get ready in the morning as to not wake up FM and he would do the same for me at night. It will be nice to be able to use our master bathroom again!

      • 4 thejaydub January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Excellent. I wasn’t trying to call out your reasoning, just understand it better. I mean it sounds like a great thing to me, but I just wondered the “why” behind your justification of the cost.

        Something like this would be great behind my tv, because on the other side of that is my child’s room….

      • 5 Robin January 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Oh no that’s fine. I saved all of the soundproofing details and explanations for a separate post because this one was getting long. I plan to do a cost breakdown too and you’ll see we went with the second cheapest option for sound proofing (just batt in the wall would have been cheaper but not covered the same range of noise frequencies). It was very affordable compared to the soundproof drywall but still cost a bit per tube compared to acoustical sealant.

        Stay tuned for that post because one of the great things about Green Glue is that it can be used on existing walls!

  3. 6 Closet Systems January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Gotta love remodeling! We just switched rooms with my daughter to give her the quieter bedroom in the house. Seemed like between repainting (no way was I keeping pink and white stripes!) and redoing the closets it took long enough. Looks as though you guys are really making strides, keep up the good work!

  4. 7 Sara @ Russet Street Reno January 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Ah, I love seeing new drywall up! So gratifying. We didn’t pull permits or get inspected so I hope everything is ok. I completely trust our electrician, though….he is very careful.

  5. 9 Carrie @ Hazardous Design January 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    You have walls! Wiring! Smoke Detectors! It must feel great to finally be at this stage.

  6. 10 Mel January 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

    It should be interesting to learn why you used glue for the second layer or rock. Some 30 years ago, I built a 35′ long wall to separate an office space from a school classroom.
    I used 2×6 top and bottom plates and alternating 2×4 studs with paperless fiberglass woven horizontally. Then added two layers of 5/8′ drywall on each side. (fire taped of course) I never spent time in the office, but was told you couldn’t hear the 30+ kids on the other side at all! I’ve never had a reason to build another wall like that but will do it that way again if anyone I know is ever willing to pay for it.

    I’m very pleased with your progress, you must be ecstatic!

    Mel

  7. 11 Roeshel January 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hurray! You’re really making progress! I’ve never seen such a sleek smoke detector! Checking that out for sure, we have yet to install a few where previous owner’s removed them. Looking forward to seeing more!


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