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got the feeling these guys drove Cadillacs and owned homes bordering
the country club. Turns out one of them did. How we found a reasonable
price on drywall. Four pages, revised and updated with new reader tips, web links and
- Smooth vs. textured finish
- Greenboard vs. cement board vs. Denshield for baths
- Do your own drywall?
- Risks of DIY
- Drywaller price gouging
Excerpt from Report:
"...Q: What do you suggest for a good job?
My partner lives in the Riverbottoms. Good framing is needed. We have
two crews of hangers. Main crew is eight guys. We have a stringent
drywall nailing code. And there is an inspection before we tape.
Be careful of open corners that framers don't close because it's a
problem to drywall that. We use vinyl bullnose. We stock the house two
weeks before rocking, so the drywall acclimatizes.
personnel, employees, how much they have done. Being meticulous. You
can do a lot with drywall. Round corners, round walls. We have new
sheetrock that bends without wetness.
A: Texture none to
orangepeel you have to hang it correctly. Goes back to framing. Have a
great framer, squareness. Sheetrock can only look as good as the
framing below it. Rakes and vaulted ceiling are complex.
11,000 - 12,000 feet of sheetrock. $6-7,000 of sheetrock. I lose 5-7
cents per foot when he buys the rock. If it's cleaner, and I can get in
and out, I'll let you know. Fifty-five cents a foot. If he supplied the
rock and the hanger, I would then charge him between 25-27 cents. If
hanger wants 14 cents, the rock at 13-14 cents, that would make 54
cents. I give your construction advisor Norman 21-22 cents on a big
home like his son's. You can probably save yourself a couple of cents
by buying the materials. I'll tape it for 27 cents a foot. You end up
calling and scheduling the hangers. You could take 57 cents to the bank
at the worse scenario."...
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
"It's a good idea to mark on the floor with spray paint where every outlet is located so the drywallers can pinpoint them."
Steve & Maria J.
remodeled our master bath. The quotes I got for drywall on a tiny
bathroom were incredible. And that's a trade that doesn't require a
high I.Q. But everyone is so busy."
Joanne & Jerry C.
San Jose, CA...