Everyday I feel I’m getting a little stronger. Being in a wheelchair for 5 months last year certainly had taken it’s toll. Weak muscles, poor balance and a skill set that is very, very slow. I am thankful I get another chance to continue this project – I know how lucky I am.
But now it’s time for some exercise – so come along, put on your sweatbands and let’s do some
weight plywood lifting!
First let’s get the final pieces of drywall up by the ceiling juncture. Usually I’ll measure to the center of the outlet box and use a hole saw to cut a starter hole.
Then use a rotozip to cut around the box.
Here’s the second exercise. Take this 4X8 sheet of half inch plywood and nail it to the ceiling. OK my invisible friends – you hold it up and I’ll… Well, seems they took a lunch break. So to do this by myself you balance the sheet on a ladder.
Hold it up and shoot it with the nail gun. It’s easier than you think, the hard part is lining them up using one hand. You will have a much easier time if you have three arms. Or somebody around to help you. You can see that I foil taped the seams of the foam board and used spray foam at the ridge and around electrical boxes to minimize air infiltration.
The plywood is up! I used a layer of plywood for a couple of reasons. This goes over a foam board surface and I didn’t want to contend with possible crushing of the foam when I nail up the finish boards. I also wanted to have staggered joints and didn’t want to have to hit roof joists for every joint – this way I can nail the finish ceiling anywhere.
*Note* I do have friends and family that offer to help me – and it would be much easier (and probably safer) to have some help with holding up plywood sheets for example. But this is the challenge for me – to do as much as I can by myself. But boy, I was really, really sore a couple of days after this one.
Hang in there – we’ll get to some pretty stuff one day.