Installation cost of "porch ceiling"

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I meant to say, "or two".
And maybe by then, the OP's tool supply and skill set will have improved so that he can do it himself.
At the very least, the cost of labor should go down or the quality of available labor should go up when there is less work to be done in Florida.

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David Martel wrote:

Good point. In my neighborhood, we have messicans with tools. One guy I've seen hanging out has a 5kw generator on the back of his truck along with an air compressor. I assume the boxes on the sides of his truck contain a collection of power tools.
I'm puzzled, though. How could you use a compound miter saw on sheets of plywood?
And isn't a table saw used only by old farts whose hands shake too much to use an ordinary circular saw?
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I agree the price sounds very high. You need more local estimates.
The guy did not lie about the overhead part.
Your material cost may be higher than you think. If this is being installed over bare rafters you may not get the full 32 square feet per board because the rafters may not be a perfect 16 or 24 OC. The last time I replaced a soffitt on an older home I averaged using about 6.5 foot of each 8 foot run. In some cases you can improve the use of the T-11 by using some scabs.
A contractor is not going to waste his time shopping at the BORG. His cost may be slightly higher than what you waste a half a day buying it for at the BORG.
Is there something that need to be removed? Are the rafters open and visible?
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A follow up to this post. An earlier poster mentioned that you could buy boards.
I happed to be at a real lumber yard last week and they still stock and sell the real 5/8 x 4 x 12 ceiling boards not the double size you find in some places.
Having already paid for my materials I did not ask a price of the yard man. The purpose of this post is just say the real McCoy is still made. Considering I bought clear pine molding for way less than the cost of FJ at the BORG, it might be cheaper than you think.
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Hey MC...
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Hi MC,

I do all my own work, so I have no idea what the going rate is for a job like that. But, that price seems really high to me. If I were faced with that kind of quote, I'd do the work myself.

Easily done with a chalkline and a circular saw. Use a straight-edge to make the cuts if you want "table saw results".

Not sure what a hi-hat is, but it could probably be cut using the circular saw or a handheld jigsaw.

Air nailers make the work faster, but it could be nailed by hand just as eaily. Of course, you can always rent a compressor and nailer for a one time job like that. Or use a drill and screws.

I installed plywood sheets on the underside of our porch roof. It's "awkward", but not really difficult. I installed a support board on one edge, slipped the plywood up under it, and held it in place till I had a few nails in it.
Since you have a larger porch to do, I'd recommend renting a drywall lift. You set the sheet on the lift, crank the wheel to raise it tight against the ceiling, and start nailing. Makes it easy to do jobs like that by yourself, even for high sloped ceilings.
On the other hand, if the size of the sheets is the most daunting part of the job, you could always use T&G boards on the ceiling. A bit more cost, but easier to install, and a much nicer look.
Anyway, if you can't find a contractor to do the job at a reasonable rate, and you aren't interested or able to do the job yourself, you might check your local newspapers for a "handyman". They advertise in our local Nickel Ads, and other small town papers, and you might be able to find someone on your local Craigs List too.
Good luck,
Anthony
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