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Old 10-25-2012, 08:11 AM   #16
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Thanks for the update sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it. My only suggestion would be figure out what your going to do about the wiring before the painter gets too far along in case the electrician has to open up some walls.You don't want to have to pay for the same job twice.

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Thanks for the update sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it. My only suggestion would be figure out what your going to do about the wiring before the painter gets too far along in case the electrician has to open up some walls.You don't want to have to pay for the same job twice.
The painters started today by scraping any poor patch jobs the previous owners did. They are then lightly sanding off the ugly texture and skim coating over that. It looks like they did most of the master bedroom today including the ceiling. They started to do part of the 2nd bedroom the same way.

Today they will be starting to drywall the ceiling and continue what they were doing yesterday.

The electrician is pulling the permit today and starting work Monday. The painter knows what's involved from what I understand so far. Such as each outlet will be replaced which might mean a large hole in the original location for removal. A new outlet with large hole, a new hole 12" above for stapling the wire and possibly a third hole near the ceiling to fish the new wire down the wall. Same for the light switches.

I don't come across much about the actual knob and tube rewiring process or what people do to cover ugly painted textured plaster walls. So hopefully someone else will gain some extra knowledge that this is possibly more expensive and time consuming than some of these guys let on. The painter says about a week total and the electrician is saying about 2 weeks.

I will eventually be painting the rest of the rooms myself after everything is patched, and then we will be refinishing the floors hopefully in time to move in before Xmas so we have a tree and fire burning in our first home. It looked like an HGTV show today as we had the plumbers (jack hammer out the old galvanized pipe, finishing up trenchless pipe, and new lining in the street to sewer main), painters and tree trimmers (cut down 40+ walnut tree and trimming other trees) going to town on the house from sunrise to sundown.

The walls will be Dunn Edwards eggshell whisper white on the walls, flat whisper on ceiling and high gloss whisper on the new baseboards and new crown molding. Any thoughts on the finish for each part? We are stuck on whisper as we will be doing a dark ebony type of stain on the original 1939 oak floors.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:26 AM   #18
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Personally, I would stay away from the high gloss , it is very difficult to get right, stick with a semi gloss
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Personally, I would stay away from the high gloss , it is very difficult to get right, stick with a semi gloss
That's why they make diff sheens i guess . See I personally love the high gloss on trim it just makes it pop. I just did the trim in a church that had been painted flat. Everyone thought the wall were painted a almost dirty white till we got the trim done then they could see it was a real pale yellow. Oh well just a matter of personal taste I guess.
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My point was that for the diy, it is hard to apply properly.
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My point was that for the diy, it is hard to apply properly.
We will be having the painters apply the coats to the baseboards and crown moldings, along with new smooth walled bedrooms and living room.

They are installing the 1/4" thick drywall into the ceiling today. Can't wait to see what the paint will look like when we are done.
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With the painters working while the electrician knocked the holes in the wall, all is not going as smoothly. For some reason even though I said 4 holes per outlet and switches roughly around 14" per hole because of inspections, they think the job is too big. Should be interesting as the electrician told them they needed to stop as they were in his way. And they will come back to our house of swiss cheese sometime next week.

The nice part at least is that the electrician agreed to run some extra wiring for TV's to hang on the wall and 5.1 stereo in the living room all going into the closet. Trying to use the existing holes when it makes sense.
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Wow! To late now, but I would be looking for a new sparky
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Guess your electrician doesn't own any of the new fangled oscillating tools!
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Looks like the only tool used was a 10 lb sledge
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For a second I thought he was a carpenter with the "if it doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer" idea...
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He is using a typical hammer to knock out the walls. What sawzall blade would I use to clean these up when he is done? I don't mind making the lives easier for the painters if they really can patch these sized holes.
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If the painters know what they're doing, they'll square up the hole , use backer boards and put in pieces of rock, use hard set mud and finish.
I usually don't want the homeowner to help... no offense, but it usually doesn't help..
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Thanks! Yeah it makes sense that I would just get in the way. But they did ask the electrician if he could square the holes. The painters won't be there for another 4 days at least so I had some time to do it.
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Good call on not helping the painters. They came in fast with putting up their straight lines, cutting the plaster square and putting the drywall in. Finishing it up today and tomorrow they start blending it together. The 5.1 and TV's sound/ HDMI and plug integrated into the living room and bedrooms is what has me excited in this old 1939 house!

We were told they will be done within a week with the paint and floors.
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