How long should drywall prep take?

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I'm having some hurricane damage repaired (in Florida, from last year). Replaced drywall includes the entire ceiling on a 2 car garage, and 2 spare approx 10x10 bedrooms both having closets, ceilings and 3 out of 4 walls, and one approx 8x5 wall between the bedrooms.
How long would you expect it to take with 2 guys doing the tape/joint compound work? Tomorrow they'll be on their 5th day, it might go 6.
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If all they've done is tape and bed for 4 days it sounds like they have found a home. A good drywall crew (2 guys) would tape and bed this in a day or less. Part of a second day for the second coat, and if needed part of a third day for the third coat. The successive coats could take more elapsed time if the humidity is and drying slow, but on those days they work on another job.
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Also in FL, depends what you are doing. If you are talking about ripping out the old, hanging and finishing it might take that long. I had my entire house sheet rocked a couple of years ago with 15' ceilings in many areas and it took five days for the entire job. House is 2200 Sqft. John
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The drywall was ripped out long ago by the mold remediators. The day before the finishers started, it took 2 guys around 2 hours to unload and stack the approximately 30 sheets (having to do some artful maneuvering inside the house), and another 2 guys about 4 hours to hang it. Of course, the trim and paint still has to be done, if these finishers get done before they die of old age.
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They get paid by footage instead of time, so what difference does it make unless they're holding up some other sub?
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As I mentioned, the paint and trim doesn't get done until these guys get done. What difference it makes is I'm living in a maze of furniture and "stuff" in the meanwhile.
They didn't even show today.
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Doc wrote:

They don't sound like seasoned pros, certainly. Given the scarcity of almost any construction labor in the SE these days, that's probably not surprising. A little mess and stuff to stumble around is pretty good conditions for many. Not that that makes it any less irritating, granted...
Are the other subs actually waiting on them? It sounds like a pretty small job which may well be part of the problem--if it were my house I'd probably just work on it when they aren't and keep track of what areas they don't finish and dock them on that area.
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The paint, trim and shelving doesn't go on until the drywall is finished. The carpet doesn't go in until the aforementioned is finished.
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Obviously...but are they actually standing around twiddling their thumbs was the question?
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You know, you think you have seen and heard just about everything. You've watched probably two thousand episodes of Jerry Springer. You listen/watch Howard Stern. You watch the newspaper for man bites dog stories.
It takes a lot to turn you on. You figure no one in the world can come up with anything so stupid that it catches your attention.
Then comes along ..................
Some unidentified soul wrote re: the drywall guys .........

Heeeere's yer sign.
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There's waiting and then there's waiting. You know somehow that the other subs aren't tied up on other jobs? Or that the GC actually scheduled the job instead of just winging this small job?
If you do know for a fact, well, yeah, then I guess the question might seem questionable. If you don't know, your post is the one that seems a bit stupid. I guess that comes with the territory after watching a couple thousand episodes of Jerry Springer.
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I guess you weren't paying attention that day. The question was: are the painters actually waiting on the rockers?
Steve
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SteveB wrote:

As Rico suggested, I was simply <wondering> whether the OP (or a GC, the post doesn't even indicate which) had actually scheduled the finish work for a specific day and they showed up or whether he (the OP) was simply ticked 'cause his little job was taking longer than it should. Obviously it didn't really matter, his situation is as it is/was, I was just curious about the depth of the rant.
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To steal from the movie "What we have heayah, is a fail-yah to co-myune-i-kate.."
No, they're not standing around literally but they can't be called in until the drywall guys are done. Same result.
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But if you didn't have them scheduled is my point...
As Rico or someone else says...'bout all you can do is either live w/ the crew you got and chill, fire 'em and try to get someone else to do better to finish (probably not at all likely) or pick up a trowel and dig in...
Wish I had better answer, but that's construction/home repair in good times, what more in a situation such as exists in the SE at the present (and for the foreseeable future as long as one can foresee)... :(
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I hope you are paying a flat price for the job, not by time...they are taking way too long.
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It's an insurance job. They're subs working for a general contractor so it's not costing me any more. It's a father/son, one of them apparently has some sort of physical disability, says he's getting over Hep C and has arthritis. I was only here the first day and the father's favorite topic of conversation seemed to be all the bad decisions he's made and the various people who have screwed him over in business. At least he seemed to keep working while he's blabbing.
It took a couple of guys about 2 hours to unload the drywall (around 30 12ft sheets) , then 2 other guys about 4 hours to hang it. These finishers started last Thurs. and when they first got here they said they figured it would take 4 days. and worked on it thurs, fri, sat, yesterday (mon.) and am expecting them back today. On the wall between the 2 b/r's they hit the joints in the center but for some reason didn't start on the joints around the perimeter until I left a note yesterday pointing it out. For some reason there was also a large gap in the joint at the wall/ceiling in one b/r which I also mentioned in the note. Since they only put the initial coat on those joints yesterday, obviously they have to put another coat on today so I'm guessing they'll have to come back tomorrow, which would be 6 days.
Initially I was going to only have them be here when I was here on my days off but they seem decent enough and have been in business for some time, so I have a key hidden for them to use. Valuable/sensitve stuff is moved into my master b/r which I keep locked. Geezus, I'm glad I did, they'd have been here bloody forever if I'd limited it to days when I could be here.
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Doc wrote:

The guy's are there working, it's an insurance job and they won't be looking for more money, you trust them enough to let them have a key, one of them has arthritis, it's pretty much standard to hit the center joints before the perimeter (assuming you mean corners), it's a father/son team and they have been in businesss for a while and seem decent, they worked on a Saturday and on a holiday. That about sum it up? What are you complaining about?
There's an old saying - cheap, fast or good, you can get any two out of the three. If you wanted faster, you should have paid for faster, but since the damage was from _last_ year, I don't see why all of a sudden it has to be done in a rush. They may be a little slow, but you just sound impatient.
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They hit all the other corners at the same time. It isn't apparent to me why they couldn't have done these at the same time. It's going to take just as long for it to dry and by not doing it when they started everything else, they've unnecessarily added even more time to the job.

How many people besides bank, gov't and school employees didn't work on the "holiday"? Did you work on Monday? I did.

Now that I don't have the rooms to use even for storage, my house is turned upside down until the work gets finished. I paid the GC, there wasn't any checkbox for "faster, able-bodied sub". And from what I'm seeing, they're not beating their brains out to make a neat job of it, at least not the part that the father is doing.

I asked a question as to how long it should take. Yours seems to be the minority view.
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Well, since I can't tell from here, unless you ask them directly you'll never know if there was a reason or not.

Made a couple of phone calls in the late afternoon and called it a day. But it's not really about my work hours or yours, is it? They're there working and not taking days off and leaving you in the lurch. If the guys worked more quickly, but didn't work on Saturday and/or Monday, would that have been preferable?

I hadn't realized that you were using a GC. You hadn't mentioned that. Aren't these questions better directed at him? He's the one that hired the guys and can motivate them.
You had written in an earlier post that they had originally said it should take about four days to do the work, and now it looks like it might take six. Two days difference. Getting bothered by that small difference in time does smack of impatience. Particularly when there's still trim and painting to do. Sentences such as "Of course, the trim and paint still has to be done, if these finishers get done before they die of old age." (this on a week long job), tells me you're impatient.
If you had a strict schedule you should have included a "time is of the essence" clause with stated damages. Of course, that would have caused the price to go up and/or the GC to tell you to take a hike, but it's the only way to insure completion on a schedule.
You could also have specified that you wanted the first coat to be a setting-type compound, such as Durabond. That would have eliminated almost all of the drying time as the later, thinner coats dry much more quickly.

I rarely check other people's opinions before I formulate my own, but again, that's besides the point. You seem to have misunderstood my meaning. Should it have taken less time? Probably. So what? What difference does that make at this point when they're finishing in another day? You're getting upset over nothing.
In general, you should probably ask your questions before the work takes place. It's impossible to prevent headaches after they have already occurred.
R
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