I didn’t intend to take two weeks off from blogging but I got caught up with other things and my time became limited. As we all know, time flies!
However, I always find time to blog no matter what, and because we’re STILL spackling, I felt uninspired to continue writing about the ongoing and never ending spackling phase. It gets a little boring and I’m sure boring to read about.
John has completed the first coat of “mud” in every room. Our original plan was to hire someone to do the final coat. However, we have discovered that one person with spackling experience doesn’t want to come in to “just do the final coat.”
They realize John has already done all the work which includes all the taping, corner bead and first coat of spackle. Nobody is interested in coming in the house, picking up the provided spackle knife and using the provided bucket(s) of spackle.
The reason why: They can’t charge what they want to charge. They can’t even mark up the buckets of spackle because we already bought the material. One qualified guy isn’t interested in working on their day off or on a Saturday to earn extra cash. They all want a “team” of guys to come in and do the whole job and those are the jobs they take.
In our case, obviously, John already did all the work. In this area, and in many areas, there’s no such thing as one guy coming in to do a “final coat” to earn “extra” money. We have exhausted all avenues.
So John will have to do the final coat as well. We’ve called local union halls, we’ve called local companies that sell drywall, we’ve asked other contractors, we’ve walked up to other homes under renovation, they all want to bring in a “team” of guys.
The 3 quotes we had gotten from drywall contractors were all over $11,000. So we did it ourselves which takes a lot of time for one person but that’s we signed up for so no surprises, no complaints–this is DIY.