Friday, Apr 30 2021
Today the hole in the ceiling made to fix the leaking plumbing will be filled. Material costs were high. To match the existing planks in the ceiling the carpenter had to buy 2x12 lumber and cut it down to match. It’s also not quite as thick, but that’s not an issue as any mismatch will be where it can’t be seen.
There will be dust. The room was covered in plastic in an attempt to keep the dust localized. It mostly worked. The trim by the closet was removed so a cut could be made where the seam will be hidden. The two planks on either side of the hole will also be removed.
A straight line was cut beyond the hole the plumbers made and the four planks to be replaced were removed.
The replacement lumber was cut to size. You can’t really tell that the nominal 2x8 T&G was originally 2x12. The carpenter used much of the excess to provide support for the replacement. It has to attach to something.
Bondo was used to hide the seam, fastener holes, and fill in the damage to surrounding parts of the ceiling. Much of the damage is from where a wall was removed. It was that way when we moved in, partially hidden by a piece of trim that never looked good. It will look better when the project is done.
The carpenter did his thing. Tomorrow I’ll caulk areas that need caulking and add some primer. I might even caulk the grooves. Not sure how ambitious I’ll feel. I’ve seen that done on a neighbors house. It’s a lot of work but looks pretty good when painted.
Matching paint and/or deciding to paint the entire ceiling will be the next challenge.