Sorry, things have been a bit cluttered here…

And today’s not going to be better.

With luck, it’ll be worse.

We got the insulation up in a single afternoon, that was pretty easy with two guys…

But yesterday we didn’t really accomplish as much as hoped. We did get the ceiling in, though.


It turns out drywalling a ceiling is not an old man’s game. Fortunately there were two of us and fortunately my guest has drywalling experience (I have very little, and that several decades old, and never a ceiling.) There are tricks I didn’t know. I know some of them now, though. And hope never to put them to use.

Only four sheets but it took all day and much grunting and cursing was found in the land.

Little Bear insisted on helping; he does not think any of this is right. Yeah, like he’s got grounds to criticize somebody else’s drywall work…


Today is the walls, which are promised to go much quicker. Still don’t think we’ll finish getting the sheets up today, but I can dream.

Anyway, things are a bit busy around the not-so-Secret Lair, so probably not a lot of posting today. Or any at all. But I’ll keep you posted. Except for one very painful knock on the head from one of those props, nothing bad happened yesterday so it was a good day.

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10 Responses to Sorry, things have been a bit cluttered here…

  1. Claire says:

    Yup. Drywalling ceilings is truly an ugly chore. Be glad it’s behind you know and rejoice in the faster, more gratifying work ahead.

    I’ve done ceilings only once. With help but with that ghastly 5/8″ drywall that I can barely lift. And you always feel like the measurements are backwards, too. Ugh. Never again. This time around, I got myself some quite cheap, quite light tongue-and-groove pine for the ceiling in my bedroom-to-be. I can do it myself & it’s like putting up feathers (at least compared to that horrid drywall).

    More kudos to you and your wonderful assistant!

  2. MJR says:

    Having dry-walled a ceiling in the past you have my sympathies. When I did it I was lucky enough to have my bro-in-law help. Add to this was that he’s a general contractor so he had the experience and more importantly the tools including a drywall lift. Even with all the bells and whistles I was sore for a couple of days.

    From the pics I see it’s all starting to come together, looking good… very good. The drywall on the walls should be no where near the issue the ceiling was.

  3. Mark Matis says:

    Well you could have always gone with lath and plaster. Try that and THEN tell us what a bitch it is to dry-wall a ceiling.

    And it would probably not be smart to offend LB. I suspect that, while he isn’t likely to be able to “reach out” and touch the ceiling, he could fairly easily turn the rest of your dry-wall into wet-wall…

  4. Judy says:

    Like the others I have hung drywall on a ceiling – never again.

    LB isn’t stupid-vising he is the safety spotter.

  5. Ceilings are fun (for an entirely sarcastic value of “fun”), but for maximum enjoyment, try 45 degree inward angled walls, like found in an attic, or the never sufficiently damned “vaulted” ceilings. For added enjoyment, do it from two stepladders. Bracing can only do so much…it works best with three people, two to hold the sheet and one to drive the screws. One man and a teenaged boy can manage, but it is “interesting” work.

  6. Goober says:

    Rent a drywall lift for goodness sake. You’re too old for this crap. It’s like a big tall floor jack with an easel on it that grabs the rock. You jack it up into place, and screw it in at your liesure. The guys that do it for a lIvins don’t wrassel with it like that for a reason – it sucks.

    Does your local building supply have a rental department?

  7. Claire says:

    “or the never sufficiently damned “vaulted” ceilings.”

    Did that. Horrors. Never again.

    But I suppose it’s still better than lath and plaster …

  8. Claire says:

    “Does your local building supply have a rental department?”

    Unfortunately, Joel’s local building supply doesn’t even have a building supply.

    Quite a long trip to any place that would have a drywall jack. Anyhow, it sounds as if they’re past the point of needing one.

  9. coloradohermit says:

    BTDT! Glad it’s done and that your assistant knew some tricks of the trade. I cant wait for more pics as you progress.

  10. Ben says:

    I don’t know where you found time to make this post, but it’s great to see your progress and I can’t wait to see what you’ve accomplished today.

To the stake with the heretic!