Laurel's Adventures in Home Repair   


Duct Work


When we first bought the home we noticed that the hallway ceiling would occasionally shed a few pieces of popcorn texture during the summer months when the swamp cooler we use to cool the home, had been running a couple of months.  We eventually realized that this whole ceiling was getting a little too damp and thought there was a leak in the duct and water was dripping down from the swamp cooler (evaporative cooler) mounted on the roof.  Looking through the vent, we saw no water puddles anywhere.  It just ended up being condensation and a duct that was not keeping this moisture away from the drywall on the ceiling.

The years passed and passed......and as it is with any only gets worse.  Now big chunks of the paint started falling off.  Oh fun.  I scrapped off some sections of the popcorn so it would just stop littering the floor.  The only thing left to do was to replace the duct in this section of the house.

No. I did not do this project myself.  I knew this job was something I did not want to tackle on my own.  I hired a contractor to do this work for me.  The contractor I used here in El Paso was Kings Aire. They mostly deal with heating and cooling equipment but also do duct fabrication.

I did not take any pictures when the work was being done.  My apologies.  I expected a lot of dust, even with this section of the house covered in plastic.  The dust got everywhere in the house regardless.  I had moved my home office downstairs in the lower room during the construction and worked down there while keeping an eye on the work up the stairs.

They needed to tear the entire ceiling out up to the swamp cooler on the roof. Then they replaced the duct and the drywall on the ceiling. 

The completed job is pictured on the left. 

I opted for no popcorn texture and they used the same knock down texture which is on the wall. 

I added some small crown moulding on the ceiling. The painting I did myself.  For this and some of the other jobs I have contracted out, I do the painting myself.  This lowers the cost of the whole job a bit when I don't have to pay for the additional paint contractor.

The register above the hallway and in the bathroom down the hall were replaced.  I purchased a new smoke detector to replace the old yellowed one.

The dark wood doors in the hallway were also changed to six paneled doors, which I talk about under my door project.


The Projects
Backsplash in Kitchen
Bench - 2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table
Brick Replacement and Brick Accent Painting
Casper Mattress
Ceiling Tiles
Closet Built from Scratch
Column Wraps for 4" x 8" Posts
Concrete Slabs
Curb Appealing Street Numbers
Cut Paper Artwork - Kitchen
Door Knobs and Cabinet Pulls
Dry rotted wood beam repair and paint
Doggy door installed on wrought iron screen door - Repair of door
Duct Work
End Table / Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Faux Brick and Tile
- Stucco wall patio and backyard stairs
    using concrete patch

- Painted tile pool deck (Oklahoma)
File Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Fire Place Hearth Shelves
Furniture Assembly
Garage Closet - Oklahoma
Garage Facelift - Closet, etc
Gate From Hell
GoNanas - Failed Order Attempt
Horrible Man Cave (rec room) Total Renovation
House Entrance Renovation
How to fix holes in a wrought iron screen door and replace screen
How to Make Your Own Door
- Crawl Space Door
How to Winterize a Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler
Kitchen Counter Tops - Faux Granite
Kitchen Facelift
Kitchen Light Facelift
Laundry Room Cupboards
Main Bathroom Repair / Remodel
Master Bathroom Shower Area Stripped to the Studs
Mirror Frames
Oklahoma Home Facelift -- Aluminum Siding and Paint
OMG!  The sink was leaking the whole time we were away?
Raising the Roof - Garage Roof Replacement
Rock Wall Repair
Rolling Cabinet - Vintage /  Industrial Look
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum - Review
Siding - Exterior
Signage for Pine Ridge Estates
Solar Lighting Journey
Stair Door
Stairs to the Lower Level
Stencils - How to Make Your Own Stencils for Paint Projects
Storage Shed / Closet
Storm Shelter (Elgin, OK 2021)
Storm Shelter (Lawton, OK 2014)
Stucco Wall Repair and Paint
Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Maintenance
Treadmill Table - Vintage Style
Tuff Shed
Wrought Iron Facelift Outside
Weather Stripping (doors)
Why is My Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Blowing Hot Air?
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