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Drywall Up! Giant Crytals and Superman

February 27, 2012

Great news on the drywall front: all the dry wall is up! The basement now has walls, and is really starting to feel like an extension of the house.

We used greenboard drywall or gypsum board for the basement walls.

Greenboard

Even though we spent $$$ having the basement waterproofed and a B-Dry system and sump pump installed, we took the extra precaution because mold terrifies me. If the drywall gets wet (in the case of a flood – which better not happen after everything we have done!!) then it has to be ripped out regardless. If someone forgets to switch on the fan after a shower, we will be in good shape. The advantage of greenboard is that the gypsum is sandwiched between a paper backing coated in moisture resistant chemicals . Normal drywall is gypsum between two thin sheet of untreated paper. Paper is an organic material and so, it acts as a food source. Mold is part of the decomposition process of organic material, and it loves to snack on drywall in humid basements. There will always be some amount of mold spores in the air, that are just waiting for the right environment (a moist place) and the right temperature (nice and warm) to grow. Using a moisture resistant product like greenboard in the basement is an extra step to prevent this environment from occurring in a place ( like a basement) that is notorious for being damp, humid, or moist.

Gypsum Cave

Crystals!

Wondering what the crazy picture of an orange suited guy in a UNBELIEVABLE but real giant crystal cave is doing in this post? If you are a science dork like me, you probably already know: this cave is real, the crystals are gypsum (the same mineral that drywall is made of), and they discovered it by accident while mining for another material. I had to share these photos because now when I think of drywall I think of giant plane sized mega-crystals, and that Superman’s “Fortress of Solitude” is real. ENOUGH SAID.

Fortress of Solitude

Back to the basement. Did you ever realize that right when you think you’ve finished one step of a project it comes back to bite you? This happened with the framing. As the drywall was going up we kept realizing that a board was missing here, or there, and so, there were a few more trips to HD (which is basically my second home). Thank goodness HD is close and open late.

Here are the updated pictures. The ceiling is mudded and taped, and most of the screws on the walls are done. I will be busy bee finishing the rest of the mudding/taping by the end of the week – but that’s the plan! The floor plan may be hard to follow so I will upload a layout to the basement page.

Enter at your own risk

Stairs, Harry Potter nook

Bottom of stairs, future storage/desk area

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Living Space

Bathroom

Living Space

Radiator

Living space look toward stairs

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2012 10:02 AM

    I was quite amazed with the cave! Indeed, that looks like Superman’s fortress. 😀 It’s nice to really have a drywall to avoid future circumstances.

  2. March 2, 2012 9:38 PM

    Looks great! You will have tons of room down there – hopefully the valve issue gets dealt with… that sucks…

  3. February 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    Looks like it will be an awesome space. I would love to make our basement livable some day, however we have a lot of wires and large heating elements installed to the ceiling. I don’t know if we can make it look so finished. Did you have to rewire anything to put up the ceiling??

    • February 28, 2012 12:06 AM

      We did have the basement completely rewired, which didn’t cost as much as I thought. It was a spaghetti factory of wires running under the joists and open junction boxes everywhere. We also had to move the hot water heater – completely worth it though. You should get a few free estimates. Maybe it’s within your reach.

  4. February 27, 2012 7:15 PM

    Looks great! Did you guys hang all the drywall yourselves, too?

    For our bathroom we haven’t, but I think we’ll try it for the next room.

    • February 28, 2012 12:08 AM

      We didn’t because of my Hubby’s back. He can’t do alot of lifting, twisting etc….I would have liked to though. You should try it with your next project 🙂

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