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Old 01-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #16
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I was looking at some estimate websites and I'm reading it should cost around 1500-2000 for materials and labor. Does that sound about right?
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I was looking at some estimate websites and I'm reading it should cost around 1500-2000 for materials and labor. Does that sound about right?
for what part?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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Maintenace is also more on a drop, When the tiles get dirty you replace them at $4 a pop. Sheet rock you paint with a $25 gallon of paint.
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Sheetrock ceiling and labor.
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Sheetrock ceiling and labor.
How big is the room?


I plan to fix some cracks in my plaster within the year, and I plan on doing it via drywall. DIY of course.
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How is that stuff? I have a water stain on one of my ceilings, I'm not crazy about the idea of re-painting the whole damn thing so is this stuff any good?
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Sheetrock ceiling and labor.
That seems high. Especially considering there are plenty of contractors needing work. Is the room huge?
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How is that stuff? I have a water stain on one of my ceilings, I'm not crazy about the idea of re-painting the whole damn thing so is this stuff any good?
Seems worth a shot. At worst you paid a few bucks and still need to repaint the whole thing. At best you saved some money and a bunch of time.
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That seems high. Especially considering there are plenty of contractors needing work. Is the room huge?
Pretty big. For both rooms, it'll be around 1600-1700 sq. ft.
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Drop ceiling is much more practical, dads are right as usual. Don't you have any electrical running along the ceiling in your basement? We did. How about your backup FiOS battery, or whatever other support system you have for phone. All that kind of stuff needs to remain accessible.
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Drop ceiling is much more practical, dads are right as usual. Don't you have any electrical running along the ceiling in your basement? We did. How about your backup FiOS battery, or whatever other support system you have for phone. All that kind of stuff needs to remain accessible.
Dude who stores their Fios battery in the ceiling? Mine is on the wall in the unfinished part of my basement. With your logic the whole house should be drop ceiling. Might as well move into a office building.
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Drop ceiling is much more practical, dads are right as usual. Don't you have any electrical running along the ceiling in your basement? We did. How about your backup FiOS battery, or whatever other support system you have for phone. All that kind of stuff needs to remain accessible.
News flash. You have electrical and plumbing running along your house every where. Might as well have drop ceiling and removable panels on the walls throughout. It really isn't a major issue to access the ceiling through drywall. Sure if you have to do it on any type of regular basis it could make sense to drop it but there should be no need for that type of access really.
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Drop ceiling is much more practical, dads are right as usual. Don't you have any electrical running along the ceiling in your basement? We did. How about your backup FiOS battery, or whatever other support system you have for phone. All that kind of stuff needs to remain accessible.
I'll have wires, but FiOS remains a distant dream where I live.
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I'll have wires, but FiOS remains a distant dream where I live.
Same here in rural Pennsyltucky. I have no clue what these FiOS batteries for your home are.

Been waiting for and calling Verizon for years asking if they've hit the boonies with their FiOS yet...nope.


I wouldn't make any permanent building designs based on the technology of today anyway...it changes so frequently and the current technology is often short-lived.

You can build to accommodate, but you shouldn't base your home's design/structure around current technology.


Look how many people have built-in holes in their wall that were designed for tube TVs...that are now just a waste of space and don't work for flat panels very well. They just toss a statue or potted plant in the hole.



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Old 02-02-2013, 02:52 PM   #30
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How is that stuff? I have a water stain on one of my ceilings, I'm not crazy about the idea of re-painting the whole damn thing so is this stuff any good?
matty if you are covering up a water stain you have to use an oil based paint. it's a pain in the ass to clean up, but water stains will bleed through water based latex paint. best bet is to buy some oil based primer sealer in a spray can, spray the area and come back and go over it w flat white ceiling paint. it sounds like a pain, but isn't too bad, just takes time, it's the only water to properly cover up a water stain.


and as for drop ceiling vs drywall, only use drop ceilings where you are forced to. no matter how well built the ceiling is it will require more maintence than a drywalled ceiling 9 times out of 10. THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO DO WHEN INSTALLING DRYWALL IS USE SCREWS AND GLUE. if you hire someone make sure they do this. it will save you from many nail pops down the line.

and lastly as far as pricing goes, not sure about where you are in va, but in northen va you are looking at around $40 a sheet, hung and finished. you could probably find someone to do it a little cheaper, but then you'd be calling someone like me to come and fix their mistakes. it's easier and cheaper to do it right the first time.
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