Going Back to Go Forward

I spent much of my house-work time yesterday ripping down the wrinkled drywall tape. It's startlingly easy to do: just grab hold of an end and tug, and the tape pulls free, crumbling the dried mud off.

Where the tape wrinkled, I removed it so that I could repair sections like this: the house has shifted (from the foundation work). You can't resolve a problem like that sort of wrinkle.

Wrinkled tape

Surprisingly, not all the corners had wrinkled. I ended up removing tape from two of the edges where the wall meets the ceiling, and from three of the corners of the room. Of course, the bay had not been taped at all, and that would have been a total mess; that kind of structure always moves a lot when the house shifts.

Corners are kind of pain; I'm not looking forward to doing the bay. In a way I'm glad we had to postpone the demo party; it gives me more time to procrastinate on this work.

It's not all suffering, of course. I will also need to patch up areas where I used mesh (I use tape for corners and mesh for flat joins), and the mesh has been stretched and cracked. For the most part the mesh can be left in place; I just need to apply mud over the top to fill in holes where the mud popped out. That's super-easy.

Cracking in the mesh

I started re-taping the corners yesterday, but the mud I have has gotten too dry to be workable, and accordingly it did not work. So it's time for another trip to the store to get more mud. I'm thinking I will get a 5-gallon bucket, because we will have this room, repairs to the back parlour, and the dining room and hallway to patch up all in the next few months. Also, I would like another 5-gallon bucket and cannot bring myself to buy one with a store's logo on it (I refuse to pay to advertise for a corporation).

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posted by ayse on 03/10/09