Slinging Mud


Even though the last pieces of blueboard have yet to be installed elsewhere, Rundy started finish plastering Titi’s sewing room. There wasn’t enough blueboard left for two teams to be working on. Also, the plaster needs 24 hours to dry before it can be painted, so this room can be painted while another room is being plastered. This is the smallest room and deemed the best to practice on. The dry plaster has to be mixed with water to the proper consistency, and must be mixed for a fairly specific amount of time. Then it is only workable for a short time after that. Supposedly this is easier than spackling and sanding drywall, but so far I’m not convinced. Quite possibly it is quicker from the time the sheetrock goes up until it can be painted. The ceiling had to be done first. Rundy had to stand on a stool to reach, and found it very uncomfortable reaching up and applying plaster.

He finished the ceiling right before supper. Before he washed up, he had plaster in his beard, on his safety glasses, all over his face, and daubs of it on every major body part. After supper he went up to do the walls. I didn’t hear the grunting and groaning I heard when he was working on the ceiling, so I think that spreading plaster on the walls is, at the very least, a more comfortable position to work in.

There is plaster dust on the kitchen, dining room, and living room floors. I guess we’d better sweep it up before some child spills their juice into it. Nothing with plaster on it can be washed in a sink, because the plaster will set up in the pipes. Once that happens, there is nothing you can do short of replacing the pipes to clear the blockage.

We have now been sleeping in our temporary quarters for two weeks.