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Old 10-31-2008, 04:21 PM   #16
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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.
The $4000+ quote was for standard drywall.

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Old 10-31-2008, 04:23 PM   #17
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gotcha...keep looking, or have you gotten other estimates already?
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I'm still trying to find contractors... most in this area are either too busy, or are just Billy-Bob's without insurance... I've had about 7 contractors go through the house to look at it, but only got a bid from one of them. I have someone coming in tomorrow, so, we'll see....
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:59 PM   #19
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Can't speak specifically for your area, but around here I normally charge in the $1.75 - $2.00/ft range for smaller jobs such as yours. (Material and labor provided, sanded and ready for paint.) DensArmor DOES require more finishing and costs more than regular board. Also, it is not readily available in longer (12") lengths adding even more finishing. (Also weighs more than regular board.) Thus, another $1.00 or so per foot does not surprise me. Shop around, you'll likely find someone to do it cheaper.....just be sure to get references. And I don't really see a need for DensArmor or green board unless you're EXPECTING recurring water problems. $1.25 -$1.50/ft. would be more the rate for a whole house install, not a repair/remodel.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:22 AM   #20
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bjbatlanta -- Thanks for your comments... I'm not really expecting recurring water problems, honestly. But I was thinking along the lines of greenboard or DensArmor as a "just in case"... obviously, price is important, so I didn't know if it would be just a little bit more or a lot more. If you think it will double the price, then that's probably prohibitive. But even with standard drywall, and at your highest rate, this job shouldn't cost more than about $2300. I guess I'll just keep getting quotes until someone gets close to that number.

If I buy a drywall lift, is this the kind of thing I can do? I'm very handy, do all of my maintenance work... built fences, decks, repaired siding, etc.... but other than putting up a couple of 4' x 8' drywall panels a few years ago, and an occasional drywall patch, I've never done anything extensive. I was thinking about lifting and screwing them down (perhaps using Prest-On drywall fasteners) and then hiring someone to come in and do the tape and mud part. You ever see many "handyman homeowners" that have successfuly done part of the work themselves, and it was good enough?
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ok...now after all this...how does this pertain to d.i.y. ?

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The quotes you're getting seem high. As I said, I don't know the "going rate" in your area. DensArmor would be close to twice as much in my book, green board, just the extra material cost. My guess is there are a lot of drywallers in Texas who have plenty of work after the hurricane and are pricing your job as a "take it or leave it". Using a lift, you could do you could hang it yourself and do an acceptable job I'm sure. Get on CraigsList in your area and see if you can find a finisher to do the mud work.........

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