ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
ShoutChat Box
Recent Posts
Where is Everyone?
by Trumpy - 11/30/20 03:11 AM
What does your work place look like?
by Trumpy - 11/30/20 02:45 AM
Insulated Tools: A Waste of Money?
by Trumpy - 11/30/20 02:32 AM
Ground fault remover :-)
by Trumpy - 11/30/20 02:27 AM
Happy Thanksgiving
by gfretwell - 11/26/20 08:52 PM
New in the Gallery:
Facebook follies, bad wiring
FPE in Germany pt.2
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (Trumpy), 16 guests, and 20 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Who patches your drywall after? #49342 03/04/05 09:38 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 115
Haligan Offline OP
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!

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49343 03/04/05 09:58 PM
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 697
Dave55 Offline
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.


Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49344 03/04/05 09:59 PM
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 200
u2slow Offline
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. [Linked Image]

Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49345 03/05/05 10:18 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,044
Tom Offline
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.
Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49346 03/05/05 11:22 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 228
JCooper Offline
We have a clause in our contract that patching and painting is not our problem, no matter what the cause.

Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49347 03/05/05 08:46 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
Attic Rat Offline
... 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"
Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49348 03/05/05 09:23 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 219
sierra electrician Offline
A Drywall Contractor!

Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49349 03/05/05 10:02 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,350
Trumpy Online Happy
Generally there's a rule in EC work over here:
You broke it, you fix it yourself or pay someone that can [Linked Image]

Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49350 03/06/05 07:35 AM
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 8
Redogs54 Offline
Junior Member
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.

Re: Who patches your drywall after? #49351 03/06/05 12:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 507
golf junkie Offline
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.

Page 1 of 2 1 2


2020 National Electrical Code
2020 National Electrical
Code (NEC)

* * * * * * *

2020 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2020 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman


Member Spotlight
Bill Addiss
Bill Addiss
Posts: 3,964
Joined: October 2000
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
Trumpy 13
Popular Topics(Views)
272,103 Are you busy
205,997 Re: Forum
194,031 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3