There is a temporary halt in work on the bedroom because spring has arrived. Which means, that as a homeowner, I have grass to cut. In the places where my lawn is growing, it is inhabited by not only grass, but also dandilions and some weird little purple flower. I spent last night pulling out the dandilions in the front yard. I also put out some fertilizer and watered a bit. This required the requisite trip to Home Depot to pick up the basics, like a hose and nozzle. I thought about buying a lawn mower there, but since all they had were gas powered ones, I couldn't get myself to do it. Somewhere I read that gas powered lawn mowers are very polluting and with gas prices going up, it just didn't seem like a good idea to get one. Plus, as I tend to work on the lawn at night, I didn't want to disturb the neighbors with the gas powered mower. My Mom offered me a relatively new push mower that she has, so I'm going to use that. It will require me to do a little more work, in that I'll have to cut more often, but I think that's a tradeoff I can live with. So hopefully, after tonight, the bits of grass that I do have, will no longer be 8" tall.
I feel that I'm pretty close to having all the drywall mud up and that I'm at the point of final smoothing. All of the videos I've seen and books I've read say that this is when you start sanding. I did a little sanding earlier and it is very messy. I had to wear my heavy duty dust mask so I didn't breathe all the dust. My cousin Janet instead told me that I could use a sponge and water to wipe down the rough spots. I started doing that a little this evening and it's working really well. Best part, no dust, which makes it so much easier to work. Hopefully, it'll turn out great.
So, after a period of darkness (both me being somewhat depressed about the time things were taking and literally because there was limited electricity in the room), my bedroom now has light. Actually, it has A light.
Things are definitely looking up. My drywall taping skills have gotten much better. I learned three things that are pretty important. First, you have to add quite a bit of water to the mud and thin it out a lot. It works much better that way. Second, work all horizontal seams and then vertical, or vice versa. Just don't try to cross seams when they're not completely dry. That is a recipe for disaster. Third, when doing inside corners. It's good to start and finish in a dry section. Trying to start smoothing a corner in wet mud makes it really hard. If you start where it's dry, it seems to go a little better. I'm not finished yet, so I'll probably come across other things when I start to finish up, but for now, I'm feeling much better about things.
This morning, I thought the weather was going to be nice, so I decided to ride my bike to work. It was a nice ride going in to work, but it was fantastic, coming home. Why? The White Sox had a home game this afternoon. When I reached Sox Park, traffic on 35th was pretty much backed up all the way to Ashland. It was awesome to be able to ride between the cars and get home quickly. I'll have to ride again tomorrow because I think there's another game.