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Old 04-20-2019, 08:22 PM   #1
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Are these normal blemishes after drywall finishing?


The drywall finisher completed his work on Friday. I was getting some bad vibes because he had initially told me it was going to take him until next Tuesday but then he seemed to want to rush it. He was also changing up the agreement and wanting money before the job was done. I mentioned this in a previous post about archways. Anyways, after he finished yesterday I went through the house with a light and found defects littered throughout the rooms. For the most part all of the tapered and butt joints we're pretty solid. However, there just seemed to be a number of areas where he didn't sand or other areas where I can see the vinyl bead through the joint compound. Lots of areas where it looks like pot marks or air bubbles. As far as I could see he was mixing the joint compound quite often. I held back $600 from the final payment until I had the chance to go around and make sure I was happy with the work. I told him any blemishes I found I would Mark with painters tape. I would just like to know whether this is stuff that I should expect to be there and corrected after primer or I should have him come back beforehand? I'm a little taken back, especially since he went through everything with the light and said I shouldn't find that much. Right now I'm just glad I held back $600. Any thoughts? Photos attached. Keep in mind these are just a select few.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:26 PM   #2
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That's not ready for primer. IMO
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Not a pro but all look like simply poor finishing; lousy-to-no sanding, poor feathering. Also, air bubbles in the compound. Hold on to your money until all made better.
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Plenty more work to do there. Primer and paint doesn't hide much except very fine scratches. Anything heavier just telegraphs through.
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I would not be accepting of that level of work.
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Does he have CATARACTS?

You are well founded in wanting a better results on those.

If you have to hire someone else, Do it, those will never be hidden by paint, if anything they will be there GLARING at you snickering and giggling, SUCKER.

I apologize for sounding harsh, but he is not done.



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Old 04-20-2019, 11:45 PM   #7
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Looks like he wanted to get to those little brown bottles in a hurry (or had a few too many before/while he was working)!
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It shouldn't take much to fix those areas but I sure wouldn't call it finished as is.
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I think you get the picture by now. I am with the posters above.


No way I would pay for that.
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He went out to his truck one day and was there for 20 minutes. When he came out his breath smells like marijuana. I told him that I don't want that going on on the job or my property. He denied that it was marijuana. He said it makes him paranoid that hasn't done it in 13 years. Then he found a dent in one of the corner beads that he had put on the day before and started suggesting that I get it with a hammer to test and see if it was better than vinyl. This was a discussion we had had the previous day which ticked me off and I told him he better not suggest that again. The following day he said he had to go to the corner store. He was going for a half of an hour and when he came back once again his breath smelled like Jolly Green and he had a ton of cologne on. I'm sure he's not going to be happy when he sees all the corrections he has to make. Supposedly he's coming back tomorrow now to check the marks I made with the painters tape.

I had another contractor come in to look and he agrees with everything you guys are saying. He says all of these marks are unacceptable and will not be covered by primer. The painter who is coming on Wednesday to do the priming is actually a union finisher as well. He's been doing it for about 40 years so I'm sure it's going to help to have his eyes on this.
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Joe: If it smells like weed, it ain't a new blend of Camels.

I actually had someone try to tell me that the aroma was a new blend of them once.

So have your painter, give you an estimate for repairing the mess , then hire the painter, and pay from the $600, held back.

And don't hire " el-loadie" again.


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That finishing work looks like I did it. And that's not good!
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A plasterer would have completed a veneer plaster job with no defects & it wouldn't have to be sanded.
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I held back $600
Won't get that fixed for $600.
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My blood is boiling about this. He is coming back this morning to go through and fix this stuff. Supposedly. Although he's already made an excuse about being able to see the corner bead on the arch way. He said as long as it feels smooth it won't make a difference. I want it skim coated. And I wish that was the worst of the problems. But there are air pockets everywhere. Here's a few more photos so you can see other crap I found. There's an area under the stairwell ceiling where you can actually see humps in the mud. Another area on the one photo with the purple MR board where you can see the yellow of the tape exposed. I'm not sure if that's an acceptable level of exposed paper but I thought you shouldn't see anything. Another one where you got air bubbles that are protruding and then other ones that are potholed in the same area.

I want him to fix this crap so I can move on to the next stage. I don't want to have to get into a small claims case or have him put a mechanic's lien if I don't pay him what I agreed. If he can fix the majority of this I'll send him on his way. If he refuses to then I'm not paying him another dime. The only positive thing is all of his butt joints and taper joints seem to be solid.
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