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New Re: Pay The Man.
In my 10 x 11 foot entry room, I had a substantial part of the ceiling come crashing down, It was probably put up at least 80 years ago, with inadequate nails.

I thought of buying a drywall lift and repairing it myself, but decided NO!

I left messages with a couple drywall contractors - but they didn't call back. I called a ceiling specialist, but he said they only did whole houses, not just a room, and specialized in replacing popcorn ceilings (I had to Google that).

I found a broader gauge contractor who actually answered the phone. He did a quote on Friday, based on photos I emailed. He said the entire ceiling had to be torn out (which I expected). He promised a crew would start work Monday between 8:00 and 9:00 am.

Fortunately, I had the weekend to strip everything out of the room, which was quite full. Took me over 8 hours to remove a large glass top table, a large expanse of shelving, copy/fax/printer, a heavy cabinet, chairs, and much more. Last, I took down the ceiling light fixture.

At 8:30 am, a Mexican, a large white guy, and a woman showed up and went to work. They packed up and left at 4:00 in the afternoon - the job done to perfection, all smooth and painted. The speed with which they did this work was almost unbelievable. All I had to do was put up the ceiling fixture (never a picnic).

Of course, it'll take me days to get the room back together, Everything has to be cleaned, sorted, and some thing selected not to return (mostly computer oriented stuff). But today I washed the walls and floor, and the big glass top table is back in. I had to unhinge the front door for that, and it cleared the doorway by less than 1/8 inch.

Yes, it cost some bucks, but it sure saved one hell of a lot of hard work, and the job was far better than I could have done.
New Experienced craftsfolk are magical
We had a drywall contractor in at one point who could free-hand drywall mud that didn't need sanding afterwards. He had gone to art school for several years but decided there was more money in drywall.
Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson.
New Clean first pass is so much better than slap it on then clean it up, same with painting

New M is magic with drywall
I watched her take a fall. Down the steps. I tried to catch her but she's bigger than me. I could not stop her. She went head over heels down the steps and through the wall.

She was okay. I had a moment of thinking I had to take her to the hospital. And then I looked at the wall. Holy s***. That wall is gone and I am going to jail. I was on drug court at that time and alcohol was not allowed in my house. That was 10 years in jail for me. If I got caught. We are in a rental and the owner lives next door and she is a picky old lady. I'm going to jail for this for sure.

M bought everything she needed to fix it. She carved out the wall and created a squared off area. She cut a piece of plasterboard in and taped it. She plastered everything as needed. She found matching paint and painted it. It was amazing. You could not see that hole.

Yes, I understand. Professionals are professionals for a reason. M is better.
     I need to install a door - (crazy) - (20)
         bosch or makita both solid - (boxley) - (3)
             Re: bosch or makita both solid - (crazy) - (2)
                 Re: bosch or makita both solid - (pwhysall) - (1)
                     Great video for morons - (crazy)
         Pay The Man. - (Another Scott) - (6)
             I have the self-centering drill bits on the shopping list - (crazy)
             Concur - (scoenye)
             Re: Pay The Man. - (Andrew Grygus) - (3)
                 Experienced craftsfolk are magical - (malraux) - (2)
                     Clean first pass is so much better than slap it on then clean it up, same with painting -NT - (drook) - (1)
                         M is magic with drywall - (crazy)
         I bought a Milwaukee router a few years ago. - (Another Scott)
         Are you sure you need a router for this one job, four hinge cutouts? - (CRConrad) - (7)
             Correct - (pwhysall) - (6)
                 I've chiseled before - (crazy) - (5)
                     Oscillating tools are great, but not magical - (malraux) - (4)
                         That's what you're paying for when you pay the man - (drook) - (3)
                             I have time and spare materials - (crazy) - (2)
                                 Wood can be unforgiving... - (Another Scott) - (1)
                                     Yes, it is - (crazy)

I just know what I read in the magazines.
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