Oct 4, 2018

If something can go wrong,

it will.  Our ceiling is so uneven, that after two beams, the others had a 1 1/2" gap where they met the walls.  The outside edges of the ceiling were much higher than the rest and that gap is huge.  Mike was not able to handle this and became very flustered so we told him we will decide on a solution and he can come back Monday.  So what can you do with such a space?  Too large for caulking (which I hate), way too large for joint compound, perfectly cut wedges to insert in the space?  We did, but it was so obvious that the beam was much lower and bigger on the ends.  What's a girl to do? 

Jack it baby. Bottle jacks to the rescue.  The 4x4 at the top easily corrected and leveled the defects and the gap closed to 1/8".  YAY!!!  We even took out the wedges and now the wonky one is good.  Whew.  Mike is relieved and should not have any difficulty finishing this job.  Let's just hope that the supports Mark will make Saturday to hold this correction, stay!  Surprisingly, there are no cracks in the drywall other than the ones that showed up right after the drywall installer left years ago.  I hate drywall. 
With only half the room installed, I am surprised at the difference.  We had cedar beams years ago but these are running across instead of lengthwise.  Huge difference in the feel of the room.
Thank you for the prayers, Sandy passed away Monday afternoon, years after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia.  Until then, we never heard of the condition.  She taught in New Prague MN and traveled throughout the world every summer.
I'm not sure what I did but currently have either a broken rib, torn cartilage, or a cross over.  Started with soreness but now it is very painful.  I know the doctors do not recommend wearing compression or support, but it makes such a difference.  I bought the Mueller low back support neoprene band.  Had broken ribs before and lying down is misery because my body seems to spread out (it expands monthly) and that causes my ribs to feel ....  pressure or something.  Without the support band to hold them from moving, I could not sleep.  There's swelling down from it (unless it's a new fat roll) and I may go to the doc next week if there is no improvement. 
First weekend in October!  I bought white mums for the front and looked for white pumpkins.  Must have been a bad year for them because there are very few and most already sold.  No big deal.  I won't get to selling anything else until Mike is done, then we can paint that room and Dominic should have the cupboards in two weeks.  Still not sure about the dining room.
Hope your weekend starts swell.
Thanks for visiting.


Rugs and Pugs said...

So happy you found a solution to your uneven ceilings.
Hope you heal quickly, whatever you injured.
So sorry for your loss. So sad.

Barb said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I hope she had a good life, it sounds like she did. That is some comfort. I think the beams look wonderful.

Sweet Sue said...

Beams really look wonderful! My sympathy to you on the loss of your cousin, wishing you comfort in the coming days Marly...

Amanda said...

The weird weather, drought then heavy rains, has lead to a very spotty pumpkin harvest. I'm planning to stock up on canned pumpkin while I can. Be careful with those ribs!

C M Designs said...

So sorry you're in pain. Broken ribs (I think) have to heal on their own time. My late husband had them and they do heal.
Sorry about your cousin. Sending my sympathy to you and her family.
Your ceiling is going to be beautiful. So glad Mark knew what to do with the jack.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Charlotte in Va.

Sherry said...

I hope you feel better soon. I have never had a broken rib but I know people who have and it obviously hurts ALOT! Take care and rest!

Carol said...

First of all, I'm so sad to read about Sandy... There are so many horrible forms of dementia out there that should be getting more attention. My dad died of Lewy Body Dementia four years ago this month and I still hear very little about it. Just such a sad thing for the patient AND the family to go through.

Wonderful that your jacking worked--the ceiling really looks great, Marly! Your attention to detail is always inspiring :)

So sorry about the pain--I hope it heals quickly. It's always something as we age, isn't it? Something funky is going on with my left knee right now--perhaps a late effect of the horrible hike in Panama where I injured it. Hang in there! Will wave to you as I drive up I-79 today. Mom is not doing well after suffering two heart attacks this week so I'm going up to stay with her for a bit. Hopefully, she will be coming home from the hospital today. ♥♥♥

Vickie said...

I have had broken ribs more than once in my life. Not fun at all. Take it easy.
The beams look wonderful! Emerson just completed a large ceiling project with beams. They ran into trouble and needed... a bottle jack!

Mary said...

My condolences to you and the family. I admit you are very brave to jack up those beams, they do look fantastic .

Krissy B. said...

So sorry for the loss. She is in a much better place but those left behind have heavy hearts. Never easy. Love the beams and can't wait to see the finish. We got 3" of snow last night and more to come so the little studio that Mark was planning to build this fall is now a spring project. Our estate sale is tomorrow and Sunday and it's going to be really chilly.The house does not have any heating hooked up. Dread is my word of the day. I will get a good post out to you next week. Hugs.

Margaret said...

So many doings at your house! Hope it all works out -- the beams look lovely! So sorry for your loss. I have never heard of what she suffered from.

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