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Old 07-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #16
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Arey85 has the correct formula (I always multiply by 3.8) IF it's standard 8' ceilings. If there are vaults, trey ceilings, etc. multiply by 4. You'll need approx. 18,000 sq.ft. of board if you've got 8' ceilings. However, when you actually get ready to stock the house, go room by room and measure to get the lengths you need to minimize joints. A 13'-6" wall (or ceiling) would take 14' board. A 9'-8" wall would take 10' board. and so on. As stated above, buy from a drywall supply and delivery is included and the board is put in the house, not dropped in the driveway....
I have done this before on a basic ranch and come out real close.But dont forget the garage.
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ok i have a 144 sheets of drywall to hang, and i would like to know how many sq. ft. is in 129 sheets.if i had to charge per sheet what would be a good price for hanging
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ly by 3.7 This number should be close to the square footage of drywall you will need. Divide by the square footage of the sheets you want to use. Example 4700 sqft home will need 17,390 sqft of drywall which comes out to be 362 4 x 12 sheets. This is only for estimation. You will still need to measure the house before you order your drywall to figure out where you will use standups and 16' sheets. Figure a box of screws for every 150 sheets, a case of tape for every 200 sheets and a bucket of mud for every 10 sheets.
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ok i have a 144 sheets of drywall to hang, and i would like to know how many sq. ft. is in 129 sheets.if i had to charge per sheet what would be a good price for hanging
Usually you will go by board footage.Say you are using 12' board,129 sheets that would be 6192 bd ft.Than lets say they charge $.25 a bd ft that would be $1548.Thats just labor.

Where i live the taping will be about the same but the tapers supply the material.Some tapers will charge around a $1.00 extra per piece of corner bead.
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ok i have a 144 sheets of drywall to hang, and i would like to know how many sq. ft. is in 129 sheets.if i had to charge per sheet what would be a good price for hanging
I'd say at least 2 cases of beer, assuming you're helping a friend out.

If you are running a business, then only you know how long this job would take you, what your overhead is, your local market conditions and what your expected profit margins are.
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should take him about a month to do it himself with a friend. then he has to tape it! too. lol If he thinks he is good enough to do it himself, then let him. I love when people ask for a professionals advice and just completely ignore it. i would want at least 3-4 guys to do a house that big. I can't imagine that being simple 8 ft tall rooms in a house that is 360. there is always something wrong with a house that big.
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should take him about a month to do it himself with a friend. then he has to tape it! too. lol If he thinks he is good enough to do it himself, then let him. I love when people ask for a professionals advice and just completely ignore it. i would want at least 3-4 guys to do a house that big. I can't imagine that being simple 8 ft tall rooms in a house that is 360. there is always something wrong with a house that big.
I like when i give ho a bid to hang or tape drywall.They say thats way too much money i have a couple buddys i work with at the bank we could do that looks easy enough.Than about a week later i get a call to finish the job for him.Than i double the price for fixing thier mess they started and to teach them a lesson.
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I like when i give ho a bid to hang or tape drywall.They say thats way too much money i have a couple buddys i work with at the bank we could do that looks easy enough.Than about a week later i get a call to finish the job for him.Than i double the price for fixing thier mess they started and to teach them a lesson.
Well that's not nice...funny, but still...there is a reason for professionals in drywall
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Usually you will go by board footage.Say you are using 12' board,129 sheets that would be 6192 bd ft.Than lets say they charge $.25 a bd ft that would be $1548.That's just labor.

If you are running a business, then only you know how long this job would take you, what your overhead is, your local market conditions and what your expected profit margins are.

having been in the construction business, my entire working life. over 37 years in drywall alone, I can give you all an idea of how it works. first of all, contractors bid drywall by the square foot not board feet. contractors do not get their drywall from big box stores, they buy straight from the manufacturer. at a cost of $.18-$.24 per square foot. they don't buy 129 or 144 sheets at a time, they buy by the truck load. 3-5000 sheets a load or run. as they roll it out. the hangers, don't rally care if it's 12' or 8' sheets? as it takes about the same time to hang either. so a 12' sheet has 3 more studs t nail/screw? 30-45 seconds longer. they'll make that time up i closets/other areas using less nails/screws. the contractor bids Te job at $.28-$.34 per square foot. in turn, in my area, they'll pay hangers $7.50-$8.25 p er sheet to hang it. plus, maybe $1.00 per stick of corner bead. a team of 3 men who work together as a team. will hang that 129 sheets plus the bead in no more than 5-6 hours, and each man will walk away with $325.00-$350.00 apiece for the job. tapers/finishers are usually paid by the hour, $18.00-$20.00 per hour? not sure what the painter's union wages are? as I've been out of the business for 20 years. a good finisher will finish at least 2 houses a week. 28-30 hours per house. then a sander might go in to sand at $45-$50 per house or apartment?

many people, have the misconception that contractors work with a 10%-20% profit margin. in reality, it's only 2-4% profit.

that's it in a nutshell, from my perspective as a working foreman and in management of a fairly large drywall contractor with 3-400 employees.
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