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Old 03-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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My insurance company wants me to cut a 1 foot wide piece of drywall from top to bottom. I have a small water leak where the wall meets the floor and their contractor wants to look behind the wall. There is an electrical outlet there do I am not comfortable doing it myself.

My question is after cutting it will this section look the same? This is medium orange peel. I am worried that this area will stand out so much.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
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Ok then what the question?
Simple job to do but nearly impossible to ever get the texture to match with redoing the whole wall with new texture.
One of the may joys of having a texture on walls or ceiling.

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Turn the breaker off and you will be fine.
The box is mounted to the side of the stud.

Texture is always hard to match, but a good drywall man should make it look good.
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Save/reinstall the section you cut out.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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Save/reinstall the section you cut out.
if I do that what's the best way to re-attach it t make it look like nothing happened?
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if I do that what's the best way to re-attach it t make it look like nothing happened?
Although the ins company suggests 1' cut out,cut the rock back to the studs on either side of the outlet to reattach the rock.
Using an oscillating cutting tool would be the least intrusive.(http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reco...tioned-multi-x)
Depending on where the leak originated you may be able to cut from either side of the stud with the outlet instead of going across that stud to the next one.

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Although the ins company suggests 1' cut out,cut the rock back to the studs on either side of the outlet to reattach the rock.
Using an oscillating cutting tool would be the least intrusive.(http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reco...tioned-multi-x)
Depending on where the leak originated you may be able to cut from either side of the stud with the outlet instead of going across that stud to the next one.
I need to have a Pro help us cut it out and put it back in when the time comes in a few weeks. Problem is finding a good Pro.
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Ask the ins. company if they want you to bill them after the hole is cut, or wait until the repair is made and bill the total.
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Ask the ins. company if they want you to bill them after the hole is cut, or wait until the repair is made and bill the total.
yep got that covered.
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Ask the ins. company if they want you to bill them after the hole is cut, or wait until the repair is made and bill the total.
Better yet,express your concerns about making the wall looking the same as it did before the cut out to the ins company and have then pay for it and do it.

Also,may want to get your OWN adjuster in there to insure the cost is covered.you do Not have to accept the cost of repairs from their adjuster.
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Better yet,express your concerns about making the wall looking the same as it did before the cut out to the ins company and have then pay for it and do it.

Also,may want to get your OWN adjuster in there to insure the cost is covered.you do Not have to accept the cost of repairs from their adjuster.
I have a $1k deductible
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I have a $1k deductible

An independent adjuster would help you to recoup some of that.

Just a thought......
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An independent adjuster would help you to recoup some of that.

Just a thought......
We don't have alot of home claims. How does an independent adjuster work?

Can I choose my own engineer instead of the structural engineer they assigned to me? I would think so, but they never provided that as an option. I need to ask on Monday. I'd be more comfortable.
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We don't have alot of home claims. How does an independent adjuster work?

Can I choose my own engineer instead of the structural engineer they assigned to me? I would think so, but they never provided that as an option. I need to ask on Monday. I'd be more comfortable.
Absolutely! They generally don't tell you that because 9 times out of 10 the independent adjuster will come in higher then the one that works for the ins company.
For obvious reasons......
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Absolutely! They generally don't tell you that because 9 times out of 10 the independent adjuster will come in higher then the one that works for the ins company.
For obvious reasons......
So it's generally better to choose my own structural engineer (especially in my my case) than the one assigned to me by the ins co?

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