Patching Drywall

I’ve got reasonable experience with it, but nowhere near pro level. I’ll fix things in my house, though I don’t like the painting part. It’s just… it takes longer than I want it to, so small jobs suck. Big jobs are fine, because you do all the first-pass things, then come back for second pass without having to wait too much.

Anyway, here are some things that come to mind when I think about doing this.

0. Preparation! Scrape, clean, and mask the area with twice as much effort as you think it deserves. Also, um, those clothes that “you probably won’t get anything on” will totally have splatters.

1. Don’t be afraid to peel back some of the paper backing to keep it from being humped too high.

2. Finding a way to do the inside of the wall when it’s a big patch is really helpful for stability. Strings tied around things can help press from the inside, and hang a weight on the outside. You can also mount a support (paper tape, mesh tape, wood strips, whatever as appropriate. Don’t just mount tree branches in there though) inside of a large hole (can you fit your hand and a putty knife through the hole?), and let it dry, then use that as backing when you come back to put in the plug.

3. Fiberglass mesh tape is sometimes so much better than paper tape. It’s strings! It takes several coats to cover up though.

4. Once it looks dry-ish, stop messing with it. Once it starts peeling up or crumbling, you really just have to scrape it all out and start over. You can spritz it with water before and during to keep it from drying too fast if needed.

5. Sometimes you have to do a little, let it dry for half a day, then come back for the next part. There are limits to how much can be done at once and not have it crack.

6. Use as wide of a putty knife as you can. If you have a 3mm hump spread over 2″, you will notice it. If it’s spread over 6″, maybe not. I have a 12″ mud knife, and have actually used it before.

7. Texture often needs to be thinned. Paint works better than pure water for this, because it’s sticky, and not as thin. 50% paint+texture is a good starting point for a crow’s foot brush.

8. Overlapping is your friend. When spraying orange peel texture, I start small, and adjust until the blob sizes look just a little smaller than I want. Then, I go back and forth, overlapping the edges, until I cannot see the true edge anymore.

Read Derailleur

Rear derailleur was acting up after a chain issue saturday.

Figured outnthe problem. The index adjustment screw was torn loose, so the indexing was off. Also, one of the pulleys was worn to nubs.

I swapped it for a Deore SGS M5591 I had in the parts pile for now. Same device, but a longer cage and a weaker spring. Should be fine, but I will probably get something with a clutch later.

It’s nice that mountain 9-speed RDs are interchangeable with road 10-speed.

Eventually, I may re-tap the threads on the rd-5700sg and replace the pulleys.

2013-10-02 Lunch Ride and Bike Changes

Lunch ride, but my back gave out on me later in the day. I didn’t get to do the TXF or CCC ride. :/ I stripped my bike down though, due to the BB coming loose. Then, I stripped out the crank arm threads. *sigh* I have to wait for a new crankset, so I decided I would repaint my bike in the mean time. It’s a mottled dark blue/green metallic color now, though the forks did not get paint. I think my Fuji FC-770 CX 700c forks at 795g come in tomorrow, and they are gloss black carbon fiber. Also found my bike frame really is pretty light. Once the paint has cured a day or two, I’d like to weigh it. I have 2 runs I will need to sand and repaint, but I have to wait for color match paint. They’re on long tubes, so I’ll just block off the surrounding areas.

Distance: 4.56 mi
Calories: 237 C

Time: 28:07
Moving Time: 27:45
Elapsed Time: 1:32:17

Avg Speed: 9.7 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 9.9 mph
Max Speed: 28.9 mph

Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Elevation Loss: 128 ft
Min Elevation: 541 ft
Max Elevation: 624 ft

Avg HR: 109 bpm 59 % of Max
Max HR: 162 bpm 88 % of Max

Avg Power: 81 W
Max Power: 1,185 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 80 W

Avg Bike Cadence: 53 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 97 rpm

Avg Temperature: 87.6 °F
Min Temperature: 82.4 °F
Max Temperature: 91.4 °F