It’s always a monumental day for me to look back and see a room come together. The insulation and drywall are the two key elements that really start to show the shape of a room for me. Today was one of those days. The original ceiling was in almost good enough condition to leave as it was and just tape and sand. Well, that’s what I though… When I took the small section of ceiling out the other day to frame the tub surround, I for the first time saw how crooked it was. Because there was trim covering the seams and edges, I guess I never noticed how much of a slope the ceiling had.
In order to fix this problem it required the whole ceiling to come down and the lath had to be removed. After the clean up I grabbed the lowest point of the ceiling using a laser level and used that point as a reference. It was mostly the edges that were actually bend up which made the repair a lot easier than before. Keep in mind that the ceiling joists were strapped by true 1″x8″ strips of wood and that I will be attaching the ceiling to the straps. Being said, when I have to lower the edged down, I don’t actually have to lower the joists, I can just shim the strips of wood down.
After I got the strips of wood level, I started measuring the drywall down in the dining room and got Daniela to help carry and hold up some sheets while I screwed them in. It’s one of those fun times that you don’t realize until you wake up the next morning wondering why the hell your shoulder are so sore.
After the ceiling was hung, I immediately started to cut out the holes for the lighting and fan. As I mentioned earlier, we will be adding three recessed lights and one exhaust fan. One of the three recessed light will be for the center of the shower and the other two are overall room lighting. I penciled in the template for the recessed cans used a roto-zip to cut the holes. Since the attic is completely open, I’ll do the wiring from up there when it’s time.
The Fan was a simple install also. Just cut out the hole a little larger than the unit, then slide it through and screw into a joist or use blocking to create a place to screw into. The wiring will also be done in the attic at a later date.