I completed mudding this weekend. It isn't very good, but I have to move on and good enough will have to suffice. I put the first coat of primer on today, and the wall looks better than I had expected. Up close my mistakes are not too hard to see, but from a distance it looks decent. I also tested the base paint colour I plan on using on a piece of scrap drywall. I am satisfied with the results. It looks good next to oiled black walnut and so tomorrow it is time for paint.
There has been a request for another social distancing fire this weekend. Last weekend we had one, but the wood was too damp to get a good fire going. It just wanted to smoke and smoulder. So I bought a batch of wood in from outside and turned the oven into a kiln. A couple hours at 350°F had the wood nice and dry. Wood starts to burn around 500°F so I wanted to stay below that. Despite this I had one log start to smoulder. It was sitting close to the edge where there must have been a hot spot. After that I didn't have any more trouble.
Drying the wood makes the house smell great. Can't exactly place the smell but it has a strong hint of vanilla.
This is a closeup of the gas connection. The plastic housing for the connection isn't very ridged, so I used a couple lengths of 2x4 to make something I could secure the gas line to. I don't want it able to flex while I put on and remove the gas line. This setup did the trick and nothing moves now.
Round two of mudding today. I have bubbles in my paper and I'm going to have to learn how to fix that. Still, the second round of mudding went pretty good. I applied a thin layer and am gradually working the unevenness down.
My first round of mudding. I rewatched the instructional videos and set off to try things myself. Things went alright, although as I expected I had none of the flair for the techniques I was trying to mimic. Still I ended up with a lot cleaner results than I had expected. Time for things to dry and we'll see how I did.
South wall drywall hung. I bought a bit for my high-speed rotary tool that is supposed to make cutting out boxes in drywall easy. I had no such luck and it made quite the mess. Nothing I can fix but during mudding, but I was hoping for better results. On the left side of the wall is an open area. I'm using this area as a coat closet and will likely frame it in a little better. The sub-panel will get some kind of trim and a door.