Why You Shouldn’t DIY Drywall
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – There are tons of home improvement projects out there that are great for doing it yourself. In this Angie’s List report, a job that doesn’t.
“DIY projects can be a lot of fun, but honestly, drywall is a lot harder than it looks. It’s heavy material, uses a lot of tools. It’s really best left to the professionals,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
Even small drywall repair jobs can get messy and complicated, but those jobs can be done by yourself – especially if you’re handy. However, another story is finishing a basement or other room without drywall, or installing new drywall to repair damaged walls.
“The reason it’s not a good home improvement job is that if you don’t know what you’re doing it will look pretty bad in the final product. A professional knows how to install it especially throughout a whole house. If You Try To Go You, building a whole house, a whole basement, it could take days. A professional could build a house this size in a day, him and a few other people, “said drywall contractor Robert Morrison.
Hanging the drywall, which can weigh 80 pounds and generally requires a crew of three, is just Step 1 of a 4-step process. Next comes mud, taping, and sanding.
“For a 12×14 room, it takes a professional about 3 to 4 hours to hang a room this size and a few days to finish and prepare it for painting,” said Andy Ferguson, drywall contractor. “For a 12×14 room DIY project, it could probably be two weeks, if not a month, pretty quickly.”
If you’re looking to craft this project yourself, Angie’s List suggests that you evaluate whether you have the time and tools to get it right.
“Do you have a hawk? Do you have a mud pan? Do you have a spatula around your house? I know I don’t. These are all different kinds of tools that you will use for small drywall jobs even if you have an entire room.” build dry there will be even more materials, so if you focus on the nuts and bolts, this is a job that is likely to get top rated by a professional, “said Hicks.
According to Angie’s List, the cost of a professional drywall installation for a 12×14 room starts at around $ 200, with additional costs for these follow-up steps.
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