Home Improvement: Project Woes and Battles
Weekend Warrior Projects
This past weekend, it was a full house with someone coming in to take care of the mudding and sanding of the drywall and the guys installing the enormous picture window, a smaller side window, and new front door. As I've talked before, you'll run into snags, in any home improvement project you have to know when to call in the professionals and when to call it quits (if only for the day).
Hanging drywall takes a lot of time, especially when it comes to the ceiling. Plus, it's a heavy, one sheet of 4' x 12' x 1/2" thick drywall weighs approximately82 lbs. Hanging drywall on the ceiling is made much easier with the use of a lift. Thankfully, it was put to good use in this project. After the drywall is up, then it's time to mud. Mudding sounds a lot easier than it actually is. It takes a steady hand with a lot of precision. The slightest mistake will be noticed once you paint. This is where we find someone who's good at that particular task. After all, when you're working on a home improvement project, it's okay to ask for help or hire out. In this case, the mudding is almost complete and it looks fantastic! This project was well worth the cost of having someone come in to do the job.
Rain Outs and Weather Delays
Living in Nebraska, it's quite possible to see all four seasons in one day. Saturday was a gorgeous day, perfect for installing windows. With a lot of help (and muscles!), quite a bit of work was completed. The plan was to finish replacing the insulation, siding, and tackling the door project on Sunday. That is until the weather turned against us. Sunday afternoon brought strong winds and cool temperatures. Siding started to peel off of the house and a piece of insulation snapped as it was being hammered down, we called it quits on that project. My husband works in the door business so he was in his element installing the new front door. This was another project that seems pretty simple, but takes a while to complete.
Knowing When to Take a Break
With any project, you are going to have ups and downs. There will be battles - weather wise, or it's just one of those days. Either way, you have to know when to say enough is enough and put down the hammer. There is no sense in getting frustrated and installing something incorrectly. Step back, take a break, and find another project that is next on the list. There is always another day!
Are you working on any home improvement projects? Did anything take longer than you thought? Did you have any weather that halted or stalled your plans? Did anything not work out as planned?
Sky Seery owns Seeryus Mama, a blog about life as a midwestern mama and the products that go along with it. Born and raised in Nebraska, it’s home. Sky is married to Brandon, and they are slowly updating their current home with hopes to build in the future. They have two children a tween and toddler and a spoiled schnauzer. Sky works as a part-time librarian and she is also attending college with the hopes of one day earning her Master’s in Library Science.
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