I try to avoid working on weekends, but this past Sunday I found myself helping to install a $5000 TV on the wall of a $1.8 million house. The home automation guy hired me to cut and patch drywall so he could move the existing speakers. That’s not my usual line of work, but he’s a good guy and a great business contact, which explains why I was working and not out mountain biking like my friends were that morning.
The lot is a secluded one halfway back a dusty, steep, one-lane dirt road that I’ve actually sweated up on my bike. The house’s design is reminiscent of a barn. The 600-square-foot great room has 20-foot ceilings outlined with salvaged barn beams arrayed around the room to make it look like it had once, perhaps, stored hay. The trim was made from old barn siding. All three floors were similarly appointed, one, evidently, for each of the home’s occupants.
The flooring was just darkly stained #2 pine shiplap face-nailed with square-cut nails. The handrails were everyday 6010 colonial red oak you can buy at Home Depot. The trim execution wasn’t as good as I used to do in vinyl-sided spec houses in New Jersey. And I can do a better job finishing drywall than whoever did it in this house, which is saying something.
Taking out the first speaker, I found that it had been recessed into a triple stud. About 2/3 of the wood had been removed by whoever put in the previous big TV. In 40 years in the trades, I must have encountered at least one triple stud that wasn’t doing something important, but I can’t remember it. Clearly, it was very important for the wall speakers to be placed symmetrically.
So, anyway, it’s understandable…