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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.
Regards,
-scott
Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson.
New Clean first pass is so much better than slap it on then clean it up, same with painting
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Drew
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.
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                 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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