December 2021 Update
This past month has seen much progress… the project is finally starting to feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel! After several days of watching YouTube videos, buying tools and supplies, I might have covered myself with more drywall mud than the wall saw. Calling a PROFESSIONAL drywaller was one of the best moves I made during this project. If you are faced with a drywall project, just call someone. Money well spent! In three hours, the chamber and tone chute was completed. After the mudding was done, white paint was applied to the chamber and black to the tone chute. Since there isn’t any cloth below the grills in the floor, I wanted it to appear as if nothing was under the grills, unless lights were on and we wanted people to see down from the first floor. The black paint accomplishes this very well.
My wife Lindsay located a nice wall mounted light for the control panel and trim has started to go up. Track lighting was installed in the chamber to highlight things to be installed. The swell shade openings had double stacked 2x4’s installed around the entire opening. This allowed me to slide the shade frames in from the chamber side and lag bolt them in place. A light sanding and re-shellacking of the shades and frames really brought the finish back.
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