Official Distraction

by Josh on January 23, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

It’s official. Fixing up the basement workshop reached project status this weekend when I picked up drywall and mud for the wall I’m refinishing there.

Cardboard wallI was supposed to start working on the upstairs bedroom, particularly now that my cool new Speedheater infrared paint remover has arrived. All I wanted to do in the workshop was get some better storage, but then I found a wall finished in cardboard and I just couldn’t leave it alone.

Fortunately, finishing the workshop wall shouldn’t take a lot of time and it will give me a chance to practice my mudding skills in a very low risk setting. After all, no one will really see the workshop wall once the shelves are up and even the worst mud job beats cardboard.

Speaking of mudding, fellow housebloggers HammeredTV have a fun video tutorial on finishing drywall if you can handle a 70MB download.


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Derek January 23, 2006 at 6:46 pm

We had some cardboard in our basement too. It was a cheap source of insulation. Ours was covered with scraps of drywall, and the seams were taped with masking tape. It was then covered with handmade board and baton, made from scraps of plywood. The shop is a good place to practice mudding. My third room is so much better than my first.


Josh January 24, 2006 at 11:22 pm

Your basement sounds a lot like what I have, Derek. There was tape on the cardboard joints and the better side of the wall also had thin boards attached in a large grid pattern.

I’m just surprised the people who installed the cardboard didn’t think about it absorbing basement humidity or supporting mold growth.


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