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Old 03-13-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Lining up some some estimates to have all my new drywall spackle and taped. Trying to be a smart consumer and wanted to know what I should ask and what answers I should get to make sure I hire someone that does quality work. One guys ad listed level 4 &5. I have never heard of that before. Thanks

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Lucky there are 5 level of drywall finish each one better than the last.
http://nationalgypsum.com/resources/...revisiting.htm
Level 5 used to hardly ever be used is residential but in the last few years it has become more popular. And level 5 is not cheap.


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Lucky there are 5 level of drywall finish each one better than the last.
http://nationalgypsum.com/resources/...revisiting.htm
Level 5 used to hardly ever be used is residential but in the last few years it has become more popular. And level 5 is not cheap.
Thanks. Any questions I can ask to confirm/check his quality e.g. How many coats, what type of tape etc.!
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I think your best bet would be to ask for references and names of past customers. As far as tape and stuff goes there are a lot out there that you never heard of. And talk to the guy and see what feeling you get.
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I think your best bet would be to ask for references and names of past customers. As far as tape and stuff goes there are a lot out there that you never heard of. And talk to the guy and see what feeling you get.
Thanks, regarding the tape I meant using mesh as opposed to the solid.
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Lucky there are 5 level of drywall finish each one better than the last.
http://nationalgypsum.com/resources/...revisiting.htm
Level 5 used to hardly ever be used is residential but in the last few years it has become more popular. And level 5 is not cheap.

It is also very , very hard to do properly
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There has to be some tell tale signs that I should not hire one of the people that come to give me an estimate. Example "some of the tape lines might show", " this is only my second time doing this", " I like to put the spackle on first then the tape", " I prefer to use duct tape"...... Really guys ...some advice... I know recommendations are best
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Recommendations are the only way----

Drywall taping is like plastic surgery---find the best --that is done by asking Painters----

Or a remodeling contractor that uses a taper.

The last question you will ask is the price--after you find a good taper----

Go to some job sites that are being drywalled----look at the work---ask at your local paint store---
Chat up a pro painter---ask for some names---if the same name keeps coming up---thats your taper.

Here, It's Henry----he's good---I call--he looks at the work--I ask if he's available --then ," How much is this going to cost me?."
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There has to be some tell tale signs that I should not hire one of the people that come to give me an estimate. Example "some of the tape lines might show", " this is only my second time doing this", " I like to put the spackle on first then the tape", " I prefer to use duct tape"...... Really guys ...some advice... I know recommendations are best
If he so much as mentions spackle or using webbed tape, do not hire them.
Both would not be used by a pro.
Spacle is for filling tiny nail holes nothing else.
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I would ask were the contractors jobs are were he is working right now go watch him work. talk to prior customers. the bitterness of a poor job out weighs the sweetness of a low bid.
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You can look for these things:
  • Make sure the contractor defines you all work that needs to be done and material used in detail (don't forget finishing and post-work cleaning)
  • Ask for estimate time
  • Collect references for jobs that are similar in size and complexity to yours. Ask them about quality of work
  • And don't ask one contractor only, ask quotes from at-least 3-4 contractors and lowest price does not always promise good job.
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stipple ceilings are so 80/90ish style, go with a modern drywall finished flat ceiling. Around here there are only 2 types of finishing good and bad. 3 coats with sanding in between should be the most all a good taper needs.
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As stated above, references and (if possible) look at some of the work. Tape, bed, skim, and sand is normal procedure. If you have any "critical lighting" (a lot of natural sun at a particular time of day or artificial light shining directly on the walls) that will show imperfections, it might be worth paying a bit extra for a level 5 finish. Make sure your guy is willing to come back for touch-up after prime coat. Often minor imperfections are not seen until after a coat of paint.....

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