Looking Beneath the Paint

February 20, 2012

We’re having some work done on the house right now, including some interior painting.  Yes, I know, we could do it ourselves, but to be honest, we wouldn’t be very good at it, and we don’t have tons of free time.  Besides, part of the painting work also involves repairing parts of the ceiling and walls where the drywall has cracked or buckled, and I don’t know the first thing about repairing that.  The guys we’ve hired are terrific.  And it’s a good thing.

We assumed that the cracks and buckling were due to the house settling or something of the sort.  Turns out, not so much.  The crack in the ceiling — a major crack running from one side of the living room to the other — was caused by the simple fact that when we built the house 14 years ago, the original drywallers didn’t attach the wall boards to planks with the screws.  They didn’t attach the wall boards to anything.  The missed the joists and didn’t bother to correct the mistake.  We were lucky the drywall only cracked.  It could have collapsed entirely.  And the buckling?  The metal beading on the corners wasn’t screwed in either.  Those original drywallers just stuck the beading on the wet mud (ie, spackle) and hoped it would stick when the mud dried.

I know this was 14 years ago — water under the bridge, as they say.  It’s costing us a bit to repair this stuff, but not so much that it’s really a hardship.  But still, I can’t help but be ticked off.  There’s no excuse for shoddy work, and these guys did some seriously shoddy work.  The folks working for us now are blown away by how bad the old work was.  As I say, it happened a long time ago; I shouldn’t let it bother me.

But if you’re having work done on your house, or your building a new place, keep an eye on what’s happening.  Just sayin’….


2 Responses to “Looking Beneath the Paint”

  1. Gwynnifer said

    OMG You have every right to be angry! It infuriates me when people pay good money to “professionals” to do something and end up with results like this. I have actually done this work with my husband, and it isn’t that hard, so there is no excuse for “professionals” to mess it up. Sounds like you have some now!

    • davidbcoe said

      Thanks, Gwynnifer. We actually had a very good contractor for the house, but his drywaller had recently passed away, and they were under deadline. The folks they hired turned out to be the weak link in the process.

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