Devon on January 12th, 2009

The office is on the way to being finished. The walls and trim are all painted. Most of the current furniture is in place. The other day we were hanging floating shelves from Ikea. We had three shelves and they were going 15 inches on center from the celling down the wall in a column (like a floating bookshelf). We tried to find studs in the wall that lined up with the holes on the mounting bracket — and we thought we did.

Office WallActually, we screwed a three inch screw right into a cold water pipe in the wall. As I have said, the house was renovated, so all the plumbing is new — we have the new PEX (Polyethylene) piping. The only problem with plastic pipe, screws can puncture it, unlike traditional metal pipes. Anyways, we could tell something was wrong, so we cut a hole into the wall to see if it in fact was a pipe — sure enough, it was. We then needed to find out how to turn off the water to the house. The pipe was not leaking bad because we left the screw in the pipe — I could just imagine that we would be panicking, not knowing what to do, as the house filled with water. Luckily the house was not flooding, so we called BTU (Bryan Texas Utilities Emergency Hotline) to find out how to turn off the water to the house from the water-meter in the front yard.

FittingOnce the water was tunred off, we went to Lowe’s to get the tools we needed. We got a pipe cutter, fitting to connect the pipe back together, drywall tape, and drywall compound — total cost, $20. The new type of fittings are really nice. We just needed to cut out the part of the pipe that had the screw hole, then push each end of the cut pipe into the new fitting. When you hear the click, you know the pipe is connected. We turned the water back on and no drips. Oh, a side not, unlike traditional fittings, if you ever needed to remove this fitting, all you need to do is turn the water off then push two small buttons on the fitting and the pipe ends will be released.

Wall TapeNow that the flooding disaster was avoided, we needed to patch the wall. We kept each piece of drywall we cut out of the wall, we re-inserted them into the corresponding holes and taped the joints with the drywall tape. It is funny that something that it placed onto the wall, once finished, will look like nothing is there. Just strange to think that our walls are covered in drywall tape, yet we think it is one solid flat piece of wall.

Drywall CompoundWe then spread out the drywall compound and let it dry over night. The drywall compound went on bright pink and as it cured it dried white. Once it dried we sanded the edges and re-applied some to smooth it out even more. That dried again over night. When you have a giant patch on the wall that is bright white against your wall paint, it looks like the patch is going to be very noticeable, even when it is finished. So all night I kept thinking that every time I walked into that room I will see that patch staring me in the face. I just had to wait until it was completely finished.

WallOnce the drywall compound was dry and sanded we painted it the wall color. Once the paint was dry, we hung the shelf up using butterfly bolts with blunt ends. In the picture with the floating shelf, the holes were right in the middle, the self goes horizontally over the patched holes. If you did not know about the patch, you would never even know it was there. If you come over and we point it out, you can see where the wall changes texture, but other then that, it looks like the same wall.

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One Response to “Flooded The House, Almost”

  1. LOVE the kitchen! You guys have been working hard! CAT took that picture! Thanks for the comment. Miss you!

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