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Holy Sheetrock Batman!

August 21, 2006

Friday the 18th, I awaited the arrival of the sheetrock hangers.  This was to be a major milestone in the transformation of our new home.  Months, we have toiled away, and the exterior has progressed from jagged concrete to smooth colored stucco.  All the while, the interior has remained a jumble of studs, beams, and plywood  punctuated by electrical boxes, ducting, and plumbing.  Progress inside just has been very, well uninspiring.  When you sheetrock the house, the walls really take shape for the first time.  You actually have to walk into the next room to see what’s in it. 

Most crews get an early start, so as the hours passed on Friday, and it wasn’t until about 4 pm when I got the call that they were finally on the way, I was pretty crestfallen knowing that no real work was going to happen.  So, late afternoon a couple guys show up, they stripped the paper edges off all the double sheets, and did a quick count.  They walked the house pointing here and there, and speaking to each other in Spanish, of which I could only discern a few words now and then.  Not enough to really “comprende”.  After a while the lead guy told me they would be back at 6 am Saturday and would hang the whole house – all 320 sheets.  I asked how many guys they were bringing.  His reply “we are ocho”.  I smiled at his optimism and felt grateful there would be some progress before Monday.   Friday evening, I spent about 3 hours moving everything out of the house (all the tile, all the wood flooring, tools, etc), save for the sheetrock, and moving out dinner plans with the wife to be.   Not good.  Saturday morning, Leslie and I arrived at the house about 10 am (my back politely requested a little extra sleep after the previous evening’s heavy lifting).  Suffice it to say, more than half the house was already done and there were guys literally running with 54″ wide, 12 foot long panels everywhere.  It was a blur of box knives, T squares, and screw guns.  There literally wasn’t a “safe” place in all of the 3300+ square feet to stand and watch.  I’ve never seen anyone work that hard, and that fast.  By late afternoon, it was done – everything covered in fresh wallboard awaiting the mud and finish crews.  Update – Finish crews on the scene! Film at 11…

late-august-updates-011.jpg  In the aftermath, vast piles of puzzle piece scraps and pulverized gypsum carnage covered the floors.  It was like Christmas morning – seeing a mound of neatly wrapped presents transform into piles of paper scrap and mangled bows.  But also like Christmas morning, I was smilling as broadly as any kid who just unwrapped what he’d been asking Santa for all along. 

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