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Old 03-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Winter is just about over.Wifey and I have decided to have painters come in and paint the upper half of our split level bungalow. Ten years ago, we would have painted it ourselves, but things being what they are, we'll let the pro's come in and do it. Now I've built a few houses over the years, and I've done my share of fixer uppers. One of the things I have seen about professional painters----A lot of them don't fix any drywall blemishes!!! They paint right over them, and by the time the paint has dried and shrunk a bit, there the blemishes are----Ugly as sin and still there and almost impossible to fix and blend in after the fact. So-----today I've been going over the walls, pulling out picture hanging nails, checking for popped drywall screws, seeking out furniture "Gocth-yas" and giving them all a bit of drywall mud attention. For some strange reason, I like this. I really don't care to tape and plaster drywall joints, because of the arthritis in my shoulders now, but fixing up "spot repairs" is something I enjoy. I'll let it all dry for two days, then go back and sandpaper very lightly with 120 grit paper, then give them all another swipe with the putty knife and plaster. Then wait two more days and finish sand the spots. Generally that is enough, although I have seen the odd spot need a third application. Now when the walls are painted, they will be perfect.----Yeah, I know, this is a long ways from building model engines. Right now I'm sick of building my Donkey, so it was great to do something entirely different for a change.-----Brian



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Here we are, separated by a common language again.

What is "drywall"? Is is plaster? Or Gyprock?

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Old 03-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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Gyprock

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Gyprock is a brand name for drywall.

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I call it drywall. My wife is from Canada and she calls it gyprock.

I have redone several rooms in this house that is 100+ years old.
Corner to corner, the distance from floor to ceiling may vary 1-1/4 inches.

I don't mind hanging the new drywall, but hate the taping, mudding and finishing!
It looks perfect until you paint it.
Then then minor flaws in your finishing work stand out like errant sculptures.

It takes more patience than I have to get it right.

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Jim,

I think it's what we call Gyprock..................but I have been wrong before.

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Yep, it's Gyprock - which is pretty much the generic term for plasterboard over here.

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Old 03-04-2012, 11:48 PM   #8
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A few months ago we had a real drywall guy redo our kitchen and living room. It took one day. There was no sanding, no dust, ready for primer and paint. He is the second drywall-er to tell me he makes the big bucks by people trying to save money by doing the drywall causing them more work.

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:40 AM   #9
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Kenny---I don't doubt you for a minute. I've seen some pretty lumpy home reno drywall tape/plaster jobs. I did automotive body and paintwork on hotrods for 5 years in the late 1970's . I can get drywall PERFECT but it takes me about a thousand hours to do it.

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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Grrrrr! I hate mudding sheetrock. Like Brian, I can do it, but it takes days. I farm the mudding out now. The client is happy and I get a cut of his fee.



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