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I mostly do paint work... just recently I picked up a job for sheetrock.

So I'm comfortable bidding out sheetrock repair jobs, and those that include ceiling textures and what-not... but this one is different, for me...

It's a new house, it's all just a skeleton right now, and they want a bid on how much it would cost to sheetrock it all and finish it.

My question is, and I know this sounds naive and rookie-like... but I have to ask because I want to get different opinions before jumping in...

I'm going to see the house in a couple of days, and it's all just wood from what I understand. He wants a bid on the sheetrock work, putting all the sheetrock up, finishing it, and maybe painting it.

Now, how do I go about knowing how many sheets of sheetrock I need to bid this job out? I don't need prices (how to price each sheet put up, finished and etc)... I just need to know what process you guys go through to price a job like this... it's a ranch house, about 2,000 sq ft. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
 

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By the way when I said New House I meant it's new for the homeowner... I don't think the house is actually new.... don't know if that makes a difference or not. Anyway thanks!
 

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here's how you go about this...............


DON'T BID SHIIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO!!!


and if you respond, I know how to do it, just not how to bid it, then what you are really saying is you don't know what you are doing because bidding is a part of the job!!!
 

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here's how you go about this...............


DON'T BID SHIIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO!!!


and if you respond, I know how to do it, just not how to bid it, then what you are really saying is you don't know what you are doing because bidding is a part of the job!!!
Wow! That was cold, brother. You could have just exited and ignored the post if you didn't want to give a respectable response.

I really don't think any of us want to hear your response to my post because we already know what your going to say. We know that many of you are tired of these post, but You had other options and what you just posted was down right mean.
 

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Sorry guys, had a really shiitty day yesterday. My apologies to all.
 

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How am I supposed to learn if I don't at least try it? BTW I do know how to do it, just not how to bid it :laughing:

Anyway any real help is appreciated.
 

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You can bid it based on the square footage of the walls and ceilings. Take that number add a percentage for waste. Add those numbers together. Take that number and divide it by the square footage amount of the size drywall you will be using and round up to a full sheet. Make sure you note any special requirements like 5/8" type x rock, hardee board, densarmour, etc., and figure that out separately. Don't forget to note how much cornerbead you will need as well.
 

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How am I supposed to learn if I don't at least try it? BTW I do know how to do it, just not how to bid it :laughing:

Anyway any real help is appreciated.
If I do drywall, and I rarely do, I bid per sheet, so much to hang, so much to finish, i don't paint. Ever! So that's on someone else. I HATE PAINTING.... i even asked my buddy that's a painter how the hell he can stand doing it...
 

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Now, how do I go about knowing how many sheets of sheetrock I need to bid this job out? I don't need prices (how to price each sheet put up, finished and etc)... I just need to know what process you guys go through to price a job like this... it's a ranch house, about 2,000 sq ft. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
Measure all wall and ceiling square footage, divide that number by square footage of panel (4x8 = 32 sq/ft, 4x12 = 48 sq/ft, 4x16 = 64 sq/ft.). Take into account corner bead, screws, adhesive, 10-15% extra drywall for cuts, etc., joint compound, etc.

Once material list is organized and costed, figure cost for labor, hours x $X.XX/hr. Add both together and you get a number to show the customer and they either laugh at you for it being too low and greedily accept or laugh at you because it is to high and slam the door on your face.

Or, as some of the more veteran members will tell you....

tree fiddy.
 

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Don't pay any mind to that ornery FIB.;)

Don't forget to check the wall heights. Some older homes have some weird wall heights that you will need to go with 54" and 48" rock to make it work.
Ceilings get 5/8" and wall's get 1/2" except for firewalls between and garage and house which get 5/8".
 
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