Studio getting there

The studio has been textured! It does look better now that it’s textured, you can’t see most of the bad mud job which is a plus. Although when you tape off areas to be textured, I’m pretty sure that you shouldn’t put the tape where you plan to texture otherwise that spot doesn’t get the texture. I did figure out which type of texturing they are doing, it’s called Knockdown texture, looks relatively easy to do, although it will take some practice on my part to get it right but if his employee can do it after one lesson, I can do it too. So I thought I was ready to put in the floor, turns out I need to do a bit more work before I can put in the flooring – fix the oversized outlet cutouts with the cool patches I found – Strait Flex Perma Patch, (How to Patch Outlet Hole) , spot texture some missed spots with Homax 20-oz Knockdown Wall Texture  and outlet patches, finish painting areas missed and the corners (that in itself is bizarre that all the corners aren’t painted). I also need to go buy a compressor and some more mud so I can use the spray texture gun – but if I figure that out, then I can tackle the living room, which might be awesome or possibly even the 3rd bedroom that needs to be finished and surprise someone since he feels like he’s lost money on this project (not my fault the guys didn’t know what they were doing). I’m kind of to the point where I realize that unless...

Lesson learned

When you want the job done right, have the right professional do it or ask a girl to do it. What have I learned this time around, carpenters are not drywall people nor are they floating floor installers. You would have thought I would have learned that by now. The first contractor didn’t know how to do drywall mud and screwed it up in the master bedroom, the current contractor’s crew does not know how to do non-textured walls. I kinda of gave up and said I would just finish the studio and after looking at the walls again tonight, they didn’t fix the bad mud job completely, at night, with the light shining on it, it looks horrible, you can see exactly where they didn’t do it right – where they taped the joints and then ran a big blob of mud over the top but never sanded it down so all you see its a big horizontal wavy thick line across the middle of the wall, big gapping holes around the bottom of the wall and above the window, thick blobs of mud across the wall plate areas and a hole under one electric outlet. They did do some adjustments and when they asked me if it looked ok, they pointed out the changes, pointed out the corrections – in the sunlight, it looks ok, but at night ugh, it looks horrible, it will drive me bananas. So unless I plan on sanding down the whole room and just starting over, next best alternative is to get some paintable wall paper and put it up and repaint...

crazy tired

I’m crazy tired, I went to bed at 4am and the guys showed up at 7:45am, then I had to sent a message to their boss about the walls – nerve racking sometimes to explain why I’m so annoyed by what they did. I trust my construction guy completely but what I don’t trust is the work of the guys when he’s not here. He doesn’t see it because when he’s around they don’t act the same. I think part of it’s to do  with my prior history with hispanic work crews, they don’t always listen to the women and part of it, when I say something about an issue they tell me that what he said to do or look at me like I’m crazy and couldn’t possibly know how to do that or they lie and tell me of course they did it the right way (so you mudded the fiberglass mesh tape and then you sanded it all the way back down to the tape so it was exposed and then painted over that – bullshit, you never did it in the first place, don’t fucking lie to me).  Then I have to text him and hope he doesn’t get mad because I’m telling him they didn’t do it right.  I also don’t think that the main guy knows how to do a lot of these things because if he did, he would have done it right the first time and not waste another day fixing what he fucked up or have the other guy fix what he fucked up. I’m not your typical client, I have...

Bad mud

I’m 105% sure that you’re supposed to mud the walls, cover the joint seams that are taped with mud, wait for the mud to dry, sand, make sure the wall doesn’t have mud blobs, divets, tape showing through before you paint the walls. And 105% sure that any joints are supposed to be taped and mudded, wait for it to dry, sand and then paint the walls so why does my studio walls look like a child did it, I’m pretty sure an 8 year could have done it better with some instruction. And how did they miss the fact that the corners should have the corner beam seams added – you know that stuff that was sitting right by the mud box that they brought in this morning? And how do you even go about fixing something like this? do you have to sand the walls down and start over or just redo sheetrock? That’s money down the drain to fix this – not my money, this needs to be fixed If they didn’t know what they were doing, how come no one asked how to do it? And if they did know what they were doing, WTF? Did they think I wouldn’t notice or that their boss wouldn’t notice? I’m more annoyed because he’s going to be pissed. Click on pictures to enlarge    ...

New Studio Design

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MDF vs Real Wood

What happens to MDF when it gets wet? Is it a good idea to use for baseboards? My previous contractor used MDF for the baseboards and I love the concept but not the product. When MDF gets wet, it crumbles. Normally shouldn’t be a problem in a home but my house has a tendency to flood, the backyard is higher than the foundation. I have animals which have a strange tendency to knock over their water bowl, hence water in all the places you don’t want water and MDF not the best...