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Old 04-11-2007, 08:44 AM   #21
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Or just get a box of longer outlet plate screws.
That was my thought!
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That was my thought!
Nope, you need to bring the receptacles forward, out to cover plate or it will look bad, leak air and potentially expose wires to prying fingers. Try it and you'll see what we are talking about.
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In my area of Canada, it's not a problem to get an experienced drywaller to work for $30.00 per hour cash. Since they're in the trade they can usually get the material at a lower price, although I didn't see whether material was included or not. There are several types of drywall compound to chose from including ones that dry in less then 4 hours so that will eliminate at least one return trip. The same can be said for paint, latex paint dries in a couple of hours. Still $600.00 is a reasonable price if the job is done right the first time.
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In my area of Canada, it's not a problem to get an experienced drywaller to work for $30.00 per hour cash. Since they're in the trade they can usually get the material at a lower price, although I didn't see whether material was included or not. There are several types of drywall compound to chose from including ones that dry in less then 4 hours so that will eliminate at least one return trip. The same can be said for paint, latex paint dries in a couple of hours. Still $600.00 is a reasonable price if the job is done right the first time.
He really doesn't have much to buy. I bought all the drywall which cost me $150, and the tape, compound, and edging. All he needs to buy is primer.

I think I'm starting to realize that doing a whole living room for less than $1K is a good deal. Of course then I have to deal with trim and paint which will easily run another $1K.

Ahh, no wonder people call homes money pits.

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Or just get a box of longer outlet plate screws.
Generally that's a building code violation-- unsheathed wires (bare or insulated) should be inside the box and exposed only to fire-resistant drywall, not wood. Those remodel boxes or sleeves are intended to put a layer of heat-resistant plastic between the wire and the wood.

Not that there's any likelihood of detection or enforcement. But I had a shipmate burned out of their home by a receptacle fire inside the wall.
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The only reason I question it is because I've done half the job already
Gosh...thats a handy detail to know before replying..............

I guess I am in agreement with the other comments....esp Brewer. Carpentry is
different from drywall finishing. Some guys don't like to finish a project thats half done.
Here's my formula:

Inquire how many man-hours are required and budget $30-$70 per man-hr
Estimate cost for materials and add 50% for markup and handling
Figure 1/3 labor, 1/3 material, and 1/3 profit

If the result is anywhere in the ballpark, I'm comfortable with the price. If the price seems high, but I like the contractor, I would get a price with me suppling the materials.



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