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Old 10-28-2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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I'm wondering what everyone is getting for drywall rates? I've heard that $1-$1.25 per sq ft is the nominal going rate for drywall installation, tape and float and have it ready for painting. I recently requested a bid and they quoted me somewhere around $3.50/sq ft.... I'm in a rural area, but that seems like highway robbery. Also, if there's anyone in SE Texas that wants work, I'd love to get a bid from you!

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Old 10-28-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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The quote isn't simply a matter of sq. ft. The onsite conditions will play a part, especially if it's a complicated job.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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Onsite conditions: I've removed all of the former ceiling, so that bare rafters are showing. I.e., there's no old-drywall to remove. I've already installed the electric boxes where I want them. It's ready for someone to come in and start putting drywall in place. The house is on pilings, so, yeah, they'd have to carry the sheets up some stairs to the main floor. But, that's the only thing unusual about the job.

On a side query... while I'm waiting to find someone to do this -- or, to decided whether I should tackle it -- I'd like to cover the rafters with something so that my front room isn't exposed to the attic area. I was thinking about stapling Tyvek to the rafters... would that be okay? Would it have to be removed when the drywalling starts?
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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Details I was looking for would include:
Size of the area(how many sheets?)
Height of the ceiling?
Soffits?
Window,door returns?
Type of sheetrock?
-walls
-ceiling

Call in other contractors for an estimate. In my experience, commercial guys charge more then residential contractors.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:50 PM   #5
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Area is 44' x 26' .. I estimate 36 sheets of 4' x 8'
Height of the ceiling? 96 inches
Soffits? nope
Window,door returns? nope
Type of sheetrock? mold-resistant
-walls Nope
-ceiling Yes

This is just the ceiling of the large living room area, at 96 inches.

Any opinion about using Tyvek to seal off the rafters?
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
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So the entire job is ceiling work. Pro's will use 10-12' sheets to minimize the joints.
I see no problem with Tyvek in that application.
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That's $4000.+ for the job. That seems very high to me.

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Old 10-30-2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for your comments!

Any comments about DensArmor mold-resistant drywall? If I were trying to avoid possible future mold events, would this be worth installing over paper-backed products?
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Thanks for your comments!

Any comments about DensArmor mold-resistant drywall? If I were trying to avoid possible future mold events, would this be worth installing over paper-backed products?
Is this job the result of a mold issue? Was this due to a water incident? Mold growth would be unusual in an above the ground environment without some sort of water episode.
I've never used the product myself. I've never had an issue with just moisture resistant sheetrock(greenboard).
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Yes, part of the roof came off and there was a lot of water (from rain) that came in through that route, ruining the suspended ceiling that was there. I ripped out the grid and plan to install greenboard or this DenArmor, just in case there is water incursion in the future.
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Greenboard is pretty good with water. I'm renovating a vacation house in upstate NY for a customer whose pipes froze last Winter. Water sprayed on the back of the greenboard for a week or so. It's still intact. The paper is still attached and the tiles are still on the front. I was very surprised at it's resilience.
Once I finish the first floor, the second floor will get gutted and cement board installed in the shower, but for now it's the only functioning bath in the house.
I don't know how well it would have done in your situation though.
Whatever material you chose, the weak link will be the compound, as it's water soluble.
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I just had my 30'x46' garage ceiling hung, taped, KD textured and painted. 4'x12'x5/8", $2100.

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Thanks comp1911! I appreciate the photo and the price you paid. $1.52 sq ft is a whole lot cheaper than what I was quoted.
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do those two prices stated above include the price of the rock?? OR just labor ,,,finish materials only???
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In my case ($4000+ for 44' x 26') was for all labor and materials.
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iirc I had a project quoted with DensArmor mold-resistant drywall a couple of years back and it was more than double the standard rate due to:

1) cost of material compared to standard drywall

2) finish required a level 5 finish (ALL rock skimmed with mud/sanded, due to the texture of the sheetrock). This is opposed to just taping/mudding the seams/corners.

You may want to check with your drywall contractor and see how it would compare with standard sheetrock before you start thinking you're getting ripped off....just a thought. Doesn't hurt to ask for an explanation.

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