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Always look on the bright side of life. Da dum, da dum, da dum da dum da dum.

13 Apr

Monty Python’s little ditty “Always look on the bright side of life” was playing in my head as I just put up this nifty sheetrock corner tape stuff that I found at the Home Depot today. Who knew? Probably professional contractors who install sheetrock for a living. But I love to learn new things and was dead chuffed to learn about this stuff. So I slapped some up there (“carefully” cutting it to the correct size for each length of wall and adhering it with joint compound) and put a thin skim coat over the whole bare piece of  ‘rock (that’s trade lingo, you know, I’m cool). I’ll sand it tomorrow morning before church and see if I can get away with it as is or if it needs another coat.

In case you missed the moral of the tail, the bright side of the unfinished work is that I got to learn about sheetrock corner tape. Don’t grumble, give a whistle. 🙂

Corners filled in and one coat of compound

Corners filled in and one coat of compound

Magic sheetrock corner tape. $1.49

Magic sheetrock corner tape. $1.49

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The trouble with contractors

13 Apr

I don’t know what it is with contractors. At the end of the job, they always seem to slack off and do poorer work. Do they know that you’re really fed up with them disrupting your routine and making a mess and you just want them to leave? Do they know you’ll just pay them and go and not make them do things the right way? Are they just sick of the job and stop caring? Who knows. Does this happen with other people or is it just me? I find that just about everyone I hire to do something around the house starts off doing quality work and then slacks off towards the end.

So it went with these guys, who did a really crappy and not satisfactory job of closing up the ceiling in the ground floor (leopard) bathroom. No sanding, not enough plastering (joint compounding), big gaps between the ceiling and wall, and they bought the cheapest and flimsiest toilet seat in the world to replace the one that was broken by falling debris. Sigh. Luckily, what they didn’t do is within my skillset, but I really wasn’t planning on spending the weekend plastering and sanding. Whatever, they’re gone, I can finish it, and THEN I can clean, but it’s disappointing. 

Non-finished ceiling.

Non-finished ceiling.

Non sanded joints.

Non sanded joints.

A light, yay!, Non-removed ceiling and non-anti-mold painted wall, boo.

A light, yay!, Non-removed ceiling and non-anti-mold painted wall, boo.

Whole lotta debris.

Whole lotta debris.

Where ceiling doesn't meet wall.

Where ceiling doesn’t meet wall.