One Wednesday night when I left choir practice, I called J.C. and told him I had to run to Wal-Mart for a few things on the way home. I could hear a radio in the background.
Me: “Well, what are you doing? I hear the radio on?!”
J.C.: “Oh, just chilling.” (in a weird voice)
I knew that was a lie. If he’s chilling, he’s wathching t.v., not sitting around listening to the radio. I knew he was up to something, but I wasn’t sure what.
I arrived home, walked in the back door, and there it was…. SHEETROCK HANGING ON THE WALLS! I was so excited. It was definitley a site for sore eyes. Oh, did I forget to mention that J.C. had all the lights turned out by the time I got there… like he was actually “chillin.” Yeah right, he had be working. I was so happy. I found him sitting on the couch. I said, “Oh my gosh, babe, it looks SO good.” He said, “I don’t know what you are talking about…” Then he just smiled.
Anyways, enough of that mushy stuff! We had actually gotten a quote from a contractor for the job. They wanted to charge us $2500 to hang approximately 100 pieces. That’s $25 a piece. They must be out they minds. So, J.C. decided we could tackle it in ALL of our spare time. I was so excited to the see the sheetrock hanging on the wall that I had to Instagram the progress.
I included the hashtag #projectsheetrock … So, from now on, when I refer to #projectsheetrock, it will probably be updates on where we are within the project. Oh and if you want to follow me on Instagram, my user name is jcrhross. Want to see a few more pictures? There isn’t a lot of explaining to do, so here goes. Note: I’m still unsure where the phantom hand came from?!
I swear the weather has been cruddy 50% of the time since I started this blog and I can’t capture a decent picture to save my life. I think you get the jist though. Doesn’t it look so different already? Oh and just in case you are wondering, the couch and chair aren’t our forever furniture. It’s what we were given after the house burned so we’re enjoying it until we choose our new furniture. And just to show you how different it REALLY looks…
Different? I’d say so!
I have been busy planning an event so I actually haven’t had a chance to help hang a piece yet; however, I can give you a few pointers just from observing.
1. Make sure you purchase a sheetrock gun. Just do it. Don’t argue with me. It’s made specifically to hang sheetrock. And it will make your life a lot easier. If you are short on money, you can always sell it later. We purchased the Makita 4000 RPM 1/4 in. Drywall Screwgun from Home Depot. It was $90 but it was well worth the investment. Drywall screws must be recessed so that they can be mudded/covered up. It would look very bad if you could see all the screws once evertyhing was floated and painted.
2. Speaking of drywall screws, make sure you pick up a bucket of those as well. Just do it. Don’t argue with me. They are made specially for drywall!
3. Make any cuts that need to be made OUTSIDE. Cutting drywall is so dusty and messy. It’s better if you can make all of your cuts outside or contained to one room.
4. Have a helper close by. Each piece is 4 foot wide by 8 foot tall and weighs about 50 pds. J.C. has hung some of it alone and some with a helper. He prefers having a helper 🙂
That’s really all that I can think of at the moment. I promise to keep you updated on our progress. Scout’s Honor!