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Old 07-10-2011, 01:05 PM   #16
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Thanks for all these tips! Also, since the has was built in 1977, should I get it tested for asbestos?

Here is what each room wall looks like:


The whole house ceiling looks like this:


Kitchen:

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Old 07-10-2011, 01:42 PM   #17
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Ok so for the walls I would rent the porter cable sander and get some 60 or 80 grit and sand the walls first. Reason being, if you skim coat over paint then prime and paint youll develop little pin holes in the walls. Getting it tested Is up to you. For the ceiling try the machine and see how much it will take off. It's a tough call that's a pretty thick stomp texture. If it were me I would sand the hell out of it and skim it really thick then do two more coats over it. The problem with drywalling over a thick texture is that your new drywall will never sit tight against the existing ceiling with all the ridges and youll develop screw pops later on. I've been a drywall contractor for years and I always try to talk customers into ripping down the old ceiling and replacing it just because myself and my guys can do the job fast and it comes out better but in your case its worth it to see if you can skim it because it's going to take you a lot longer to re drywall. Just try it in one room and see how it comes out. I don't know what kind of compound is available in your area but I use proform all purpose for the first coat with a couple drops of dawn dishsoap and then lightweight proform for each additional coat. I suggest taping off the tops of your baseboards first if your going to roll the mud on
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Don't I want to get my house tested, don't want to get cancer for remodeling my house, lol.
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If you are sanding the walls, lead is what you want to test for. They sell lead testing kits at the big box stores.

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You really cant add another layer of drywall. Probably stick out past casing of doors. Best bet is to sand and re-texture or replace the board. Sorry for the bad news but it really isn't as bad as every one says it is. Half a day with demo. 9 and a half of getting it back together. But make sure u send time with your wife. Family is more important than dated walls. Told my wife your story of deployment. We thank you for service to our country and commitment to our freedom. THANK YOU.
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If you are sanding the walls, lead is what you want to test for. They sell lead testing kits at the big box stores.

I thought houses built in the 70's were known for Asbestos?

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You really cant add another layer of drywall. Probably stick out past casing of doors. Best bet is to sand and re-texture or replace the board. Sorry for the bad news but it really isn't as bad as every one says it is. Half a day with demo. 9 and a half of getting it back together. But make sure u send time with your wife. Family is more important than dated walls. Told my wife your story of deployment. We thank you for service to our country and commitment to our freedom. THANK YOU.
If I plan on putting drywall up, I was going to take the old drywall off. Wife and I plan on going to Vegas since she's never been, so I'm sure she'll get tired of my "missed alcohol" attitude for the few days we're there. But you're welcome, I love my job and I love what I do, I could do this forever, but then the wife would be upset.
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If I plan on putting drywall up, I was going to take the old drywall off. Wife and I plan on going to Vegas since she's never been, so I'm sure she'll get tired of my "missed alcohol" attitude for the few days we're there. But you're welcome, I love my job and I love what I do, I could do this forever, but then the wife would be upset.

Asbestos was also in drywall mud! it wouldnt hurt to get it tested. hey here is something interesting. read the boxes today. "this product contains materials known to the state of california to cause cancer" ummmmm whats that tell you.
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honestly, spending money on drywall is some of the best money spent. I have done enough drywalling in my day to be good at it and I wouldnt wish that on anybody

drywall contractors are generally very cheap for what they do. have them look at it and get a broken down quote:

1.) They do all demo, purchase/deliver/hang new boards, finish, sand, and prime.

2.) You do all demo. You have drywall and mud delivered. They hang, finish, sand, prime.

3.) You do all demo, you have drywall and mud delivered. You hang all boards. They finish, sand, prime.

4.) they skim all the walls and sand and prime. (you really want a plaster contractor for this, they are the pro-skimmers).


I think you will find that it is best to just do the demo yourself and let them do the rest.

You can probably demo it it over a weekend with a buddy and a dumpster. Then you and the wife can go on vacation and leave the drywall guys the keys! Come home to primed drywall. (obv have someone keep tabs on them). You dont want to live in all that dust.

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Old 08-07-2011, 02:22 PM   #24
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I could remove all the walls in my house easily, I'd like to do the ceiling as well. Just need a quote on how much it would cost.

My buddy said I don't have popcorn ceiling, it's more of a harden texture.


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