Insulation and Sheetrock

January 29. No time to think, frantically getting ready for insulation and sheetrock. I had to finish prewiring a subpanel for eventual solar panel installation and air conditioning. I had to secure an outlet that I had removed when I moved the attic doorway. I had to install a couple light switch boxes that I forgot. We had to push all the wires deep into the boxes so they would not be cut by the rotozip tool used by sheetrockers. We had to label all switch wires to make final wiring easier.

And there were many nailers to nail up. These are 2x4's in corners to give the sheetrock plenty of support so it will not crack in the future.

I bought a 30,000-60,000 BTU propane heater to warm the house during the sheetrocking:

January 30. The insulators came and went. I never saw them. I didn't take any pictures, either. Didn't think to do it. Fiberglass batts in all exterior stud bays, in the second floor ceilings, in the sunroom ceiling! Nooooo. That means the two water pipes up there are not insulated. These:

I had insulated the drainpipe up there but not the supply pipes. I thought they were going to insulate the sunroom rafters, but they insulated the ceiling instead. They put R-38 insulation in ceiling, very thick, as per township code.

The sheetrockers delivered the sheetrock in the afternoon, waiting for an insulation inspection the next day.

January 30. I took a personal day to work at the house, meet the inspector and pass on inspection results to the sheetrockers. The inspector mostly approved the insulation but told me I should insulate the supply pipes in the sunroom ceiling, as I expected he would. The rockers came in the afternoon and started installing the sheetrock. I worked on other details but had to install nailers as required while the rockers did their work. They worked for about 3 hours, put up many sheets. The boss told me I had to put up many more nailers. I also had some other work to do still. The short story: I worked until 1 AM, insulating the pipes, finishing some wiring, buying and nailing 2x4's.

January 31.

The rockers rocked.

February 1. They finished rocking and the tapers came to tape and spackle. I want a pair of stilts like this for when I build my next house:

Here is the heater with a 40 pound propane bottle. See the ice on the bottom of the tank. Liquid cools when it expands to a gas, says the chemist.

February 8. A top coat of mud was applied on February 5 or so, then sanded on the 7th. Ready for paint. It makes sense to paint now before the outlets, switches and lights are wired. At least the walls and ceilings should be primed.

February 9 and 10. Primed the whole house and top coated the kitchen.

February 13. More top coat:

Mostly done by February 17 except some second coat here and there, touch up.