Skim coat and paint

February 29, 2016 Leave a comment

What do you do with walls that are really messed up? Skim coat!

Skim coat means covering a surface with a thin coat of drywall mud then sanding, priming, and painting. Here are illustrations.

#1 wall with visible damage from dining room chairs. There is more damage not visible to camera. Rather than patching each dent, nick, or scratch the skim coat is the best solution.

 

 

 

Sorry I don’t have photos of apply the mud. The method is to use thin mud, apply enough to completely cover an area, then use your trowel like a squidgy to remove. Apply even pressure so that you can feel the hard wall surface and just a little bit remain on the wall.

Sanding is the next important skill and lighting is key to this. Too much light does not allow you to see the imperfections. Indirect light makes flaws visible. Sponge sanders are great because they don’t gouge the surface the way a hard sander sometimes does.

 

In this dinning room we added chair rail and painted

The door also got new moldings and paint

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Aspen log headboard

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

I began working with natural log aspen at a camp facility in Wyoming and have found it to be a very rewarding creative medium. This headboard is installed on a bed in a condo in Park City Utah.

Complete and installed

Complete and installed

 

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These logs were gathered on private property. They aged and weathered about two years before being ready for use as you see them now.

Complete step by step process is detailed on the page titled “Aspen log work”

 

Office walls- sound resistant

April 5, 2014 Leave a comment

This project is for a family counselor and privacy is required between the partitioned rooms we are building; a waiting room and counseling room.

Dan (1aEmpty space to be partitioned. Waiting area will be on the left.

Dan (1cFloor is covered with plastic and walls are screwed into concrete floor.

Dan (1bStaggered studs are used. This design is so that sound does not travel through the studs to the other side of the wall.

Dan (1dClose up of staggered studs.

Dan (1eOnly half of the studs will be used for this side of the wall.

Dan (1gThe walls are 8 1/2′ tall so we left 6″ strip off at the top to blow in cellulose insulation for sound resistance.

Dan (1iAt the bottom of this photo is the top of the wall. Above the walls and ceiling there is a 4 foot space below the second floor. Sound travels easily above the walls through this space so we have insulated with rockwool. It is held in place with scraps of metal stud. Rockwool is very itchy so proper clothes must be worn for this job.

Dan (1kThe finished family counseling space.

Dan (1lThese moldings were custom made in my shop to match the existing moldings in the building.

Dan (19)From the waiting area looking in.

Tile project

April 5, 2014 Leave a comment

This bath remodel project shows removal of rotten drywall down to the studs and installation of backer board.

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Notice care to cover the tub during work.

Tile (3)Backer board is nailed with galvanized roofing nails and all seams are taped

Tile (4)Tile detail before grout

Tile (10)Tile detail after grout.

Tile (9)When using large tiles extra care is required for a very level surface. Plastic shims may be used to align corners perfectly.

Tile (6)These corner trim pieces are very effective to create a threshold transition. They are designed as wall trim but are durable on the floor when well supported with setting compound.

 

Paint restoration

December 27, 2012 1 comment

This is a great old house near the University of Utah. The paint was in real poor condition on the porches and window trim. Each area was dealt with using the same basic process but in varying degrees depending on the extent of damage. The process is a bit like exploratory surgery. I could see on the surface that there were problems but I had to start scraping, planing and sanding to see what was underneath. I chose a planer as the tool to dig down deep because a belt sander would take a lot longer and would make even more dust. The planer was noisy but it produces a more coarse debris than a sander. Next I used the belt sander. Then there was a lot of puttying and priming. These pictures will show basics of the process. Sorry I don’t have more photos of the finish product. It turned out great

nay-pnt-1 The cracks visible on the surface penetrate all the way to the wood

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We also worked on windows as shown below

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The owner is very happy to have her classic home being restored

Transition

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Dear friends; Hope Builders closed on December 1, 2011. I will still be accepting work under the category of building maintenance service; DBA Old Pro Handyman

The economic crises and collapse of the housing market has pushed me into new directions. I am now in school at Salt Lake Community College and working part time.

BTW most customers opted out of getting building permits and so my license was futile.

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Custom log work

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

I love working with wood! This is an example of work that makes my job a delight because I enjoy the artistic aspect.

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log detail

These logs are gathered off the forest floor from private property. They must be selected like fruit; at the stage when the bark is almost completely dried itself off and yet there is still color in the wood. If left on the ground a few more months the wood will turn gray and if collected earlier the bark cannot be easily removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The logs are sealed with clear sealer for a couple reasons: because the logs are dirty they will be quite a mess if not sealed and because natural wood is porous it absorbs dirt and oil from hands. Sealing it makes it easy to clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project is in the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center in Park City, Utah, USA and is available for nightly/weekly rental;

w.prospectorsquarelodge.com