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Old 10-23-2007, 04:07 PM   #1
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How much would it costs (ROUGHLY) to drywall my basement. It's roughly a 12X20 ft room (240 sq ft). HOw much would it cost to do it myself??

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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Assuming you have 8 foot ceilings, it would cost you about $150 in drywall from Home Depot, if you only have to do the walls. (18 sheets at about $7 ea. + tax)

If you have to do the ceiling also it will cost you about another $50 for 8 additional sheets.

You need tape. That's about $5 for 300 feet of yellow mesh tape. That should be plenty.

Corner bead is about $1.55 per stick + tax.

Joint compound and topping compound is about $7 per box. You shouldnt need more than 3 boxes to to the job.

If you are going to spray on a texture you can get a bucket of pre mixed for about $13 bucks.

I'd say $250 in materials. This is assuming 8 foot ceilings and 1/2" drywall.

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I meant to write $60 for the additional sheets for ceiling. For some reason I can't edit on this site. While I am on that subject, anyone know why it wont let me use some types of punctuation?
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Materials use can increase if there are alot of corners and soffits (common in basements finishing projects). These take up more sheets, corner bead, and especially compound....
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Don't forget the drywall screws
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........and a lot of determination............
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I would never use mesh tape.......how long have you been in the business??? I have rarely ever had taping problems....with paper tape....... mesh....if you don't push mud through the tape just right...it will crack..... correct me if I am wrong....
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I would only recommend mesh tape for "Hot-Mud" or quick dry mixes for the more experienced DIYer. Never a problem using it that way.

However, I would never recommend quick-dry mixes to a newer DIYer.

Reason being: There is too much difficulty for a new person to master the ability to mix the quick-dry proportionately correct, without lumps, without over-mixing.

Also, the quick set-up time creates difficulties for new people as well.

FWIW: We do not recommend mesh tape for ready-mix compound - ever, the compound cracks, ...we only recommend the use of paper tape.

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I would never use mesh tape.......how long have you been in the business??? I have rarely ever had taping problems....with paper tape....... mesh....if you don't push mud through the tape just right...it will crack..... correct me if I am wrong....
Take it easy...It is just a little more user friendly for a diy job.
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Mesh tape is great for repair work. However, I'd never use it for new construction.

Concerning the hot mud.. RUN! if your a first timer. Instead buy the green top (it has a green lid) USG Sheetrock Joint Compound in a 5 gallon bucket. Fantastic product, you won't be disappointed.

I also recommend spending an hour or two reading on http://www.drywallschool.com. It helped me figure out what I was doing wrong the first time.
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Mesh tape is great for repair work. However, I'd never use it for new construction.

Concerning the hot mud.. RUN! if your a first timer. Instead buy the green top (it has a green lid) USG Sheetrock Joint Compound in a 5 gallon bucket. Fantastic product, you won't be disappointed.

I also recommend spending an hour or two reading on http://www.drywallschool.com. It helped me figure out what I was doing wrong the first time.
I use Plus 3 blue lid most of the time. It's cheap. Is the green lid stuff better somehow?

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I use Plus 3 blue lid most of the time. It's cheap. Is the green lid stuff better somehow?

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Hi,

First off, be aware that you are responding to a post that is pretty old.

Second, as far as your question regarding the Blue top or green top ready mix compound. The green top contains more moisture, and is slightly more dense, and is good for imedding paper tape, and second coating areas.

The blue top is primarily for finish coating (last coat). It is less granular in it's make up, and sands finer and smoother.
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Hi,

First off, be aware that you are responding to a post that is pretty old.

Second, as far as your question regarding the Blue top or green top ready mix compound. The green top contains more moisture, and is slightly more dense, and is good for imedding paper tape, and second coating areas.

The blue top is primarily for finish coating (last coat). It is less granular in it's make up, and sands finer and smoother.
Thank You. I am going to have to learn a bit more about this in the upcoming months. My dad and I have had great success putting in many sheet of rock that is nice and smooth, great seams, no problems (mainly using plus 3, although I know my dad mixes up stuff on larger job). However I am going to have to match some of the original plaster work in my home when I re-do the soffit boxes in my kitchen...

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