Why? you ask.
Because earlier this evening (Friday) I was taking out the washers from the plaster repair I did on Wednesday, and I noticed three things:
- The screws were still a little sticky. Oh-oh. The adhesive I used in those was from the tube I'd cut open two years ago. Does it go bad? Maybe I'd better leave the rest of those washers in awhile longer, to make sure the glue is really cured.
- Yes, that crack was a paper tape repair that was coming loose. No telling why it chose to delaminate now, but I should be grateful it did. Could've popped off after I'd repainted the whole ceiling. At any rate, once I get the tape fragments and the loose paint layer and skim coat off, it's going to take a few coats of spackle/joint compound to smooth off. At least. And . . .
- I was pushing on the plaster in that area. Guess what. Yeah, it gave. Obviously, I didn't get it all secured on Wednesday. The gap wasn't much, maybe an eighth of an inch of so, but enough to make me want to stop it now.
Couple of hours later, I'm doing the push test again. Did I just feel some give in the area around where I just did the previous repair? Yes. Guess I needed closer coverage. So I went through the process again.
So let's do the calculations: Allowing the full 48 hours for the newest ones to cure (and I think I'd better, this being a ceiling), that puts me to after midnight Sunday night. Maybe I might get two coats of spackle in the holes applied, dried, and smoothed down on Monday. Maybe. And a last coat over the messy spot Monday night.
Which brings me to Tuesday.
But nothing's getting done on the 3rd floor on Tuesday, because that's the day my friend Hannah's* husband Steve* has said he's going to come over and help me install my water softener and filter.†
†My friend Frieda's* son Mike*, who incidentally is Hannah and Steve's nephew, called me last Saturday and told me his schedule wouldn't allow him to get to it till next winter. So Steve's going to tackle it, and I hope he doesn't do it all, but teaches me how to solder.