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#49342 - 03/04/05 06:38 PM Who patches your drywall after?
Haligan Offline

Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 112
Loc: Berkeley, CA USA
After old work trenching of walls and ceilings, who patches the drywall?

A. Me or underling.
B. I know a guy
C. Homeowner
D. Sub-contractor
E. Other

Who paints?

I'm asking because I'm part of a general contractor crew that has several people who are very good at matching textures. I can patch holes smoothly, but to match some of those exotic textures takes experience. Those trowling guys have so much more experience and have experimented with all kinds of mixes and compounds.
We're always doing remodels so everything is old work. And the home theater thing... LOTS of TRENCHING!

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#49343 - 03/04/05 06:58 PM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
Dave55 Offline

Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I patch within 1/8" myself and tell them they need a decorator to finish it. I refer them to a good decorator if they don't know one. Let's face it, it's a different trade.


#49344 - 03/04/05 06:59 PM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
u2slow Offline

Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 198
Loc: Salt Spring, BC, Canada
Its not really old-work, but we do get late changes on new projects.

We always try to not be responsible for wall patching, but usually compromise and re-board the holes, then let the wall trades take care of the rest.

If I'm doing the work, I make sure the piece I cut out will be easy to put back in again.

#49345 - 03/05/05 07:18 AM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
Tom Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
I never take on drywall patching or painting.

If you're working in an older building with plaster walls, you would be wise to exclude any damage done to the plaster for any reason. I've run into some really rotten stuff where 1/2 the wall came down while cutting in an outlet box.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#49346 - 03/05/05 08:22 AM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
JCooper Offline

Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 229
Loc: Kendall Park, NJ USA
We have a clause in our contract that patching and painting is not our problem, no matter what the cause.

#49347 - 03/05/05 05:46 PM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... If it's sheetrock that I had to cut for a hand hole,I either keep the piece I cut out,then when done,I put a piece of furring strip behind it,and screw the cut piece to it..(to me,it's better than just leaving a hole in the wall,and it usually looks alittle neater)then I tell them it's up to them to have it spackled over and painted,or I put in a plastic single gang old work box,and put a white blank plate on it,..if esthetics is not a concern.I can't spackle to save my own hide, I refer a good dry-waller that I know,or usually the H.O. has their own..

[This message has been edited by Attic Rat (edited 03-05-2005).]
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#49348 - 03/05/05 06:23 PM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
sierra electrician Offline

Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 220
Loc: North Fork, CA USA
A Drywall Contractor!

#49349 - 03/05/05 07:02 PM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Generally there's a rule in EC work over here:
You broke it, you fix it yourself or pay someone that can
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#49350 - 03/06/05 04:35 AM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
Redogs54 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/05
Posts: 8
Loc: Charlotte, NC, USA
We typically avoid any repairs other than replacing a small piece of drywall we have removed. Finish and paint is always completed by others. I will let the customer know this in advance if there is to be sheetrock removal and let them know that I know a number of subcontractors that I can refer if they do not have or know of someone to do the repairs.

#49351 - 03/06/05 09:03 AM Re: Who patches your drywall after?
golf junkie Offline

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 511
Loc: York, NE
We always try to negoiate patch and paint on the front side.

We will do it if we have to, but generally we're not that good at it and prefer not to do it.

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